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Alicia May Donnellan Barraclough


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 trained as a terrestrial ecologist, and now works at the intersection between the natural and social sciences, interested in progressing inter- and 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 areas include ecosystem services and social-ecological networks, land-use change, biodiversity conservation, adaptive co-management implementation, and sustainable development goal (SDG) implementation. She also has a strong interest in group process work, young stakeholder concerns and political ecology. She was named spokesperson for UNESCO's Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme's 50th anniversary by Dr. Jane Goodall in 2021.  

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.

  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Workshop Promoting Research in BRs - Looking back at 50 years of MAB.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). UNESCO MAB Anniversary with Doctor Jane Goodall .
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Participatory mapping reveals biocultural and nature values in the shared landscape of a Nordic UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Mapping stakeholder networks for the co-production of multiple ecosystem services: A novel mixed-methods approach. Ecosystem Services.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Developing positional awareness in sustainability science: four archetypes for early career scientists working in an SDG world. Sustainability Science. 1-6.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Voices of young biosphere stewards on the strengths, weaknesses, and ways forward for 74 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves across 83 countries. Global Environmental Change. 10 sider.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). The Spotlight on Youth: Young People as Key Stakeholders in Biosphere Reserves and the Man and the Biosphere Programme . International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Stewards of the Future: Accompanying the rising tide of young voices by setting youth-inclusive research agendas. . Sustainable Earth.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Science for nature and people: celebrating the contributions of research to the Man and Biosphere Programme through 50 years .
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Recognize 727 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves for biodiversity COP15. Nature.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Participatory mapping reveals biocultural and nature values in the shared landscape of a Nordic UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. People and Nature. 365-381.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Mapping the connections between people and Nature: participatory mapping of ecosystem services in a Nordic biosphere reserve. .
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). How will afforestation impact on ecosystem services values in non-forested landscapes? A participatory mapping study in western Norway.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2020). If we work together, 2020 can be a true "super year" for biodiversity. ensia.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2020). Forskning og diplomati i naturens superår. Khrono.no.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2019). Environmental drivers of stem radius change measurements and heterogeneity of stem radial water storage in the mangrove Avicennia marina (Forssk.) Vierh. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

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