Alicia Donnellan is a postdoctoral researcher associated to the University of Bergen UNESCO Chair. Her work focuses on UNESCO Biosphere Reserves as social-ecological systems which are testing sites for sustainability and earth stewardship.
She is interested in the intersections between the natural and social sciences, and in progressing transdisciplinary research which is fair and equitable for people and land. Her work is informed by resilience and complex adaptive system thinking, which provide the backdrop for investigating examples of biosphere stewardship across the globe. Her research includes aspects of ecosystem services and socioecological network analysis, sustainability mental model analysis and sustainable development goal (SDG) implementation. She also has a strong interest in group process work, political ecology and environmental ethics.
She holds a PhD in Applied Environmental Science from Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand (2014-2018). Additional to a background in academic plant ecology, she has worked across the globe in the non-profit sector and in grassroots organizations. These experiences have given her rich understanding of the importance of connecting diverse fields if we are to rise to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Anthropocene.