Recent activities by TEMTI members reflect the priorities and new developments in our network. The following examples of work in research, consultancy and advocacy by new and old members of our team illustrate the wide array of fields we are covering today. We welcome those new members that share our enthusiasm and eagerness to further develop TEMTI's priorities.
Dr. Inés Arroyo Quiroz is a biologist (UNAM) and has a PhD from the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology of the University of Kent. She is full time researcher in the Program on Social and Environmental Problems of the Regional Centre for Multidisciplinary Research (CRIM) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her work focuses on legal and illegal uses of wildlife, and on human and wildlife conflicts. Inés is the author of a landmark book on international wildlife trade and the implementation of CITES in developing countries, with special emphasis on international reptile skin trade (Developing Countries and the Implementation of CITES, published by VDM Verlag).
Dr. Francis Vorhies is the Executive Director of Earthmind, a not-for-profit sustainability network. He has over twenty years of international experience as a sustainability economist focusing on the interface between business and biodiversity. He has worked on risk-management, assessment and certification in agriculture, extractive industry, finance, fisheries, forestry and the paper industry. He is also piloting the Verified Conservation Areas (VCA) Platform seeking private sector funding for biodiversity (see http://v-c-a.org). Francis is a member of the Lenders Environmental Social Consultant (LESC) for the South Stream Offshore Pipeline project reviewing the company’s sustainability performance. He is supporting a company in Mozambique involved with a major wilderness restoration and agricultural development.
Emmanuel Oluwasola Omoju is a doctoral candidate and research assistant at the China Centre for Energy Economics Research (CCEER) of Xianmen University in China. Emmanuel is doing research on energy economics and technology policies. He is also working on public finance and sustainable development, with special emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. His investigation centres on the reduction and elimination of energy poverty while at the same time promoting inclusive and sustainable development in Nigeria and sub-Saharan African nations. He also conducts research on issues related to energy, climate change and sustainable development.
Dr. Pradip Dey is based at the Indian Institute of Soil Science in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. As Project Coordinator at the All India Coordinated Research Project on Soil Test Crop Response (AICRP-STCR) of the India Institute of Soil Science, Dr. Dey is involved in planning and team management of a research effort comprising 23 research centres in India. This vast project is a nationwide venture involving 24 states in the sub-continent. The development of linkages and financial leadership roles are among Dr. Dey's responsibilities. As Executive Principal Investigator Pradip is involved in the development of GPS referenced maps using geographical information systems on soil fertility in 171 districts in India.
Bram Büscher is Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University and holds visiting positions at the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies, University of Johannesburg and Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He studies the political economy of conservation, environment, development and energy, with most of his empirical work based in southern Africa. He is the author of Transforming the Frontier. Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa (Duke University Press, 2013) and, with Wolfram Dressler and Robert Fletcher, editor of NatureTM Inc: New Frontiers of Environmental Conservation in the Neoliberal Age (University of Arizona Press, 2014).
Dr. Alan Bruce Cibils is Chair of the Political Economy Department at the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He continues his research on theories of economic development (with special emphasis on periphery countries in neoliberal globalization), as well as the implications of China’s economic position in the global economy. He is currently involved in a project on Argentina’s public debt and its impact on development and the environment. He also maintains his interest on the role of the financial sector in the global economy and its impact on economic and environmental sustainability.
Dr. Roberto Sanchez Rodriguez is a professor at the Department of Urban and Environmental Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. He is a member of the Board of Directors of MISTRA Urban Futures. His expertise focuses on how to build cities in the developing world that deal with health and social services, as well as creating the enabling conditions for fair, green and dense urban environments. This has enormous implications for biodiversity and land conversion as rapidly growing urbanization creates challenges for sustainability. He is a member of the transition team for the Earth System Sustainability Initiative. He was lead author of Chapter 15 on Adaptation Planning and Implementation, Working group II, of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC.
Dr. Marina Rosales Benites de Franco is a professor at the Federico Villarreal National University, teaching on biodiversity and protected areas, ecology, endangered ecosystems and land and marine ecosystems. Marina has done work on parrots conservation, sustainable uses of wildlife, access and benefit sharing of genetic resources, endangered ecosystems and wildlife trade. She also works the Peruvian National Service of Protected Areas (SERNANP). She is in charge of the Management and Scientific Authority for CITES and is responsible for the CMS Focal Point and Programme of Work on Protected Areas of the CBD.
Ashok Maharjan works as researcher with the Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, in Nepal. He is currently involved with research on the Urban Environment and Seismic Wave, focusing on urban planning and economic sustainability, as well as on environmentally friendly urban and suburban areas. His work requires him to be directly involved in community work to strengthen seismic risk and preparedness without declining environmental quality of surrounding landscapes in Kathmandu valley.
Pablo Samaniego Ponce is an expert on macroeconomic policies and international financial affairs. He has continued his work on Ecuador's fiscal and monetary policies and their impact on the exploitation of natural resources. He is an advisor to the Ministry of Science, technology and Innovation of Ecuador. Recent publications include a paper on South America's chronic trade deficit and its mirror image in the volume of physical flows associated with its exports. Pablo Samaniego contributed to the project on macroeconomic policies and environmental sustainability in Latin America that was supported IUCN’s 3I-C special fund.
Tania Hernandez Cervantes is an economist and a PhD candidate in environmental studies at York University in Toronto, Ontario. She has carried out innovative research on the redefinition of rural-urban relationships and its implications for land conversion and biodiversity loss, native maize production, germplasm conservation and food security. Tania is co-founder and editorial board member of the journal Latin American Encounters, based in Toronto, Canada, an interdisciplinary space for groups and individuals interested in the production and dissemination of knowledge that questions hierarchical relations at the local, national and global levels.
Dr. Kevin Gallagher is an associate professor of international relations at Boston University. He co-directs the Global Economic Governance Initiative and the Global Development Policy Program. He is also a Faculty Fellow at BU’s Frederick S. Pardee Center. Gallagher serves on the US Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and on the International Investment Division of UNCTAD. His most recent book (with Roberto Porzecanski) is The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization. He has carried out extensive research on foreign investment and sustainable development, as well as on international capital flows and their implications for macroeconomic stability. Gallagher is co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy and writes regular columns in The Financial Times and The Guardian.
Dr. Godfrey Kanyenze is the Founding Director of the Labour and Economic Development Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ). He holds a PhD from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in England. He collaborated with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) as an economist and consultant between 1986 and 2003. He was sub-editor of the Human Development Report (Zimbabwe) on Gender, Poverty Reduction and Development. He is co-editor of the book The Search for Sustainable Human Development in Southern Africa. Godfrey is member of the Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank (RBZ), the National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT), the National Productivity Institute and the Tripartite Wages and Salaries Advisory Board in Zimbabwe. He is currently involved in a project on the political and institutional contexts that enable poor countries to mobilize domestic resources for social development.
Tim Wise is currently director of the Research and Policy Programme of the Global Development and Environment Institute of Tufts University. His work has covered agricultural development and environmental sustainability in several countries in Latin America and Africa, including the introduction of genetically modified seeds in countries such as Mexico and Malawi. He has done extensive research on the impact of biofuel production in the United States, food security, agricultural policies and sustainable development, and the contrast between industrial-scale agriculture and climate-resilient smallholder farming. In 2013 Tim was awarded an Open Society Fellowship to carry out a project on ways in which U.S. policies distort global corn markets and their effects on developing economies. Tim appears regularly in The Real News Network.
Sergio Schlesinger is an economist working with FASE (Federation of Organizations working for Social Wellbeing and Education), a non-for-profit organization in Brazil. He has carried out research on biofuels and their impact on agricultural development and social wellbeing of small-scale farmers, and the impacts of soybean production on deforestation in Amazonia. More recently he has done pioneering work on efforts to replicate Brazil's agri-business model of the Cerrado to Mozambique through the program ProSavanna. This program aims to convert 14 million hectares in the Nacala corridor for commercial-scale production of soybean and other basic commodities to be exported to Japan and China. Sergio’s research examines the environmental and social implications of this project in Mozambique.