Diana Alejandra Jiménez Montoya

Master in Rural Development



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DLGS 7 (2017 - 2019)


Doctoral Thesis

Working title: 
Autonomy and environmental sustainability in indigenous territories in Colombia: A case study of the Resguardo El Duya

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

Against the backdrop of a growing global population, indigenous peoples all over the world are striving to remain in their mostly rural home territories. In Latin America, indigenous peoples demand recognition of their rights to exercise territorial autonomy, which includes decision-making over natural resources. Against this background, the dissertation aims to understand the extent to which indigenous territorial autonomy contributes to environmental sustainability. A case study conducted in Colombia comprised interviews with key actors, qualitative observations in the Resguardo and an analysis of indigenous and non-indigenous planning documents. The results give new insights into the role of indigenous autonomy in territorial environmental sustainability as well as in integrated spatial environmental planning. Further, the research contributes to theoretical discussions on the optimal design of community-based natural resource management.



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