Barbara studied Political Science with focus on Latin American politics at the Eberhard-Karls-University of Tuebingen, Germany, and the University of Barcelona, Spain. Barbara earned her PhD from the Julius-Maximilians-University of Wuerzburg, Germany. After her dissertation she worked in political consulting and in opinion research in Mexico City, doing qualitative and quantitative research on different political and social topics. In 2011 she started working at Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Institute of Socio-Economics. Her main research focus is on governance and institutional analysis, civil society engagement, participation and social capital as well as ecosystem management.

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The Marujá community is located inside the Cardoso Island State Park (Parque Estadual Ilha do Cardoso, PEIC) at the border between São Paulo and Paraná states. The region is extremely rich in biodiversity with vast areas of continuous Atlantic Forests, which includes large stretches of mangroves as well as sensitive dune ecosystems. Marujá is …

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