Sara Vigil

Sara Vigil has joined SUMERNET as a Gender Equality Advisor.  She has works with SEI-Asia since March 2019 as a Research Fellow for the Gender, Environment, and Development research theme. Sara has over eight years of professional experience in academia and policy on climate change politics, migration, land grabbing, and gender. This includes work as a research fellow and associate for several universities, think tanks, and international organizations.

Sara has lectured on international cooperation, migration governance, and environmental politics at Sciences Po Paris, Paris 13-Sorbonne University, and at the Brussels School of Journalism and Communication. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and International Relations from UNED (Madrid, Spain), a master’s degree in Sociology from the University Paris Descartes Sorbonne (Paris, France), and is currently finalising a double PhD in Development Studies and Political and Social Sciences at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and at the University of Liege (Belgium).

At the International Institute of Social Studies, Sara was a member of the MOSAIC project Climate change mitigation policies, land grabbing and conflict in fragile states in Myanmar and Cambodia. At the University of Liege, she was a management committee member of the Environmental Diplomacy and Geopolitics EU H2020 project and was a research partner at the Migration, Environment, and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy project led by the International Organisation for Migration. Sara has also been a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Sara has consulted on environment and migration issues for the World Bank, the Nansen Initiative, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and closely follows the UNFCCC climate negotiations as a member of the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility. Sara is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies and at the Centre of Philosophy, Politics and Epistemology of the University Paris V-Sorbonne. 


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