Diana Alejandra Jiménez Montoya

Master in Rural Development



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DLGS 7 (2017 - 2019)


Doctoral Thesis

Working title: 
Territorial autonomy and sustainable development: the case of indigenous territories in the Orinoquia region in Colombia

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernhard Müller, Technische Universität Dresden

Autonomous territories have competencies to decide over natural resources management within their boundaries. However, there is no certainty that this will lead to sustainable development. Therefore, this dissertation explores how territorial autonomy influences sustainable development. It uses a case study approach for two indigenous territories in Colombia with different autonomy stages. It employs document analysis of national and indigenous policies, interviews with key actors and participant observation in indigenous territories. Results will inform about the processes of decision-making over natural resources and the constraints for sustainable territorial development. Further contributions relate to theoretical discussions about decentralization and subsidiarity, community-based resource management and indigenous territorialities.



Since 03/2017

Doctoral candidate at Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), Faculty of Environmental Sciences

2014 - Present

Candidate for the degree of Master in Gender, Society and Public policy.

University: Programa Regional en Género y Políticas públicas -PRIGEPP. Facultad latinoamericana de Ciencias sociales - FLACSO Argentina.

2008 - 2012

Degree: Master in rural development

University: Universidad Austral de Chile

Thesis: Regional planning and Climate Change in Los Ríos, Chile.

1999 - 2005

Degree: Environmental management

University: Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

Thesis: Identification of environmental services as an alternative for Vaupés in the Amazon region.

Professional experience

10/2014 – 05/2016

Regional Coordinator in Conservation Project (Proyecto Vida Silvestre - Llanos orientales)

Wildlife Conservation Society – WCS Programa Colombia

11/2013 – 10/2014

Occasional Lecturer Faculty of Agriculture and livestock Sciences

University of Caldas

04/ 2013 – 12/ 2013

Consultant in social-environmental topics

Wildlife Conservation Society – WCS Programa Colombia

04/ 2011 – 11/ 2011

Research assistant in the project: “The Sociology of Climate Change”

Social Sciences Institute. Universidad Austral de Chile.

05/ 2007 – 12/ 2007

Chief of Planning and municipal development

Municipality of Mitú, Vaupés, Colombia

01/ 2007 – 03/ 2007

Consultant for Agenda 21 Vaupés in the Amazon region

Corporación para el desarrollo sostenible del Norte y Oriente Amazónico CDA. Vaupés

Awards / Acknowledgements

Graduated with maximum distinction as Master in rural development

Graduated with as ‘distinguished student’ as environmental manager