Olivia Aminta



SERSD student 2022-2024



Profile summary

  • Nature's contributions to people
  • Urban ecology
  • Urban parks and public space
  • Transformative solutions
  • Urban planning and governance

Estrada-Leyva is a MSc student at the Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development programme

Before commencing the SERSD master's programme, Estrada-Leyva acheived a bachelor's degree in Biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The title of her bachelor thesis was “Usability of peri-urban conservation lands in México city: Contribution to cultural ecosystem services”.

As a scholar at the Laboratory of Ecological Restoration (LRE) at the Institute of Biology of the UNAM, she carried out a research project that aims  to restore agro-techniques and axolotl communities in an urban wetland in Mexico city, by engaging with local communities, government, academy, and private sector.

Estrada-Leyva is interested in exploring transformative solutions for sustainable planning and reduce inequalities in Latin-American cities. She would also like to explore the nature contributions to people that urban parks provide and their potential role in improving local resilience in the face of global climate change.

Awards and achievements

  • SEP-UNAM Research Initiation Honors Scholarship to develop research activities in foreign educational institutions in Sweden and France
  • Teaching experience as Assistant Professor: “Urban Ecological Design for Climate Change Resilience”, UNAM

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