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Inspired from the Copenhagen School definition of Environmental Security Maria started to study the agenda for peace from an environmental perspective. A growing interest for the social-ecological perspective during her BA-thesis made her study the law of sustainable development, human rights (& duties) and the connections between environmental degradation and human induced impact on earth. Maria sees SERSD as an opportunity to learn from excellent researchers from the SRC, and to hopefully one day be able to contribute to sustainability science.
Maria Elfving holds a Master of Science in Peace and Development Studies, and a Bachelor of Science with specialisation in International Social Science, both degrees from Linnaeus University, Sweden.
Previous field research includes REDD+ Governance and Payment for Environmental Services in the Brazilian Amazon and Environmental Education in northern Mozambique. Maria realized a SIDA internship with the NGO Kanindé – The Association of Ethno-Environmental Protection in the State of Rondônia, Brazil. It was when she worked at Kanindé that her interest for protection of Indigenous Peoples rights grew strong. Prior to that she interned at the Executive Secretariat of International Relations (SEARI), a department from the Secretariat of Planning and Economic Development of the State of Amazonas (SEPLAN), Brazil.
She has also completed a six month internship at the Swedish Embassy in Brazil where she, among other things, worked in the field of climate and environment. After finishing her studies she worked as project manager for four years. Since October 2016, Maria is collaborating, as a researcher, with the Global Environmental Governance and Carbon Market research group at The Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.
Maria was born in the north of Sweden and comes from a family breeding horses and some livestock animals. She has considerable personal experience of animals, forest, plantations and gardening. She likes cooking, photography, languages and to meet new people.