Miriam Huitric is the Programme Director for the centre Master's programme Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development. This involves overseeing the co-ordination of the programme's contents and progression, through the courses that we have developed, as well as following our students during their time here, particularly during the period spent on their Master's theses.
She is also in charge of the Traineeship student course at the centre.
Miriam began her academic career at the Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University where she wrote her doctoral thesis. Her research focused on the mis-matches between institutions and the ecosystems they attend to, using the shrimp farming industry in Thailand and the lobster and conch fisheries in Belize as examples.
Her findings demonstrated that even severe changes in a resource (and/or its environment) can have limited impact on the institutions governing its use. Furthermore, while many expect a well-structured and successful social system related to resource use to respond to changes in the system they depend on, this is not necessarily the case. It is not possible to study the social or ecological system in isolation if one wants to understand the dynamics between resource users and their resource base. The social-ecological system needs to be the point of departure.
On completion of her thesis, she spent a year with the Albaeco, working on their newsletter Sustainable Development Update. During this time she also enjoyed taking part in various projects that Albaeco have been engaged in, including its very successful exhibition Manna — Food in a New Light.