Laura Franco

Laura Franco (BsC in International Relations, Ramon Llull University) is a MSc student in Anthropology: Advanced Research and Social Intervention at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Her areas of interest are agroecology, ethnobotany and the role of ancestral and local knowledge in adaptation to climate change. From an anthropological perspective, she aims at contributing to the unification of disciplines, feminism and ecology, in order to enrich the discussion on climate policies. She has worked as Junior Officer at the Political, Press and Information Section at the EU Delegation to Malaysia, participating in the drafting of reports on the defense of indigenous rights and against deforestation and loss of biodiversity caused by palm oil plantations in the region. Moreover, she has been involved in the Horizon 2020 EU-funded research project CONNEKT (Contexts of Violent Extremism in MENA and Balkan Societies), collaborating as a research assistant at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed). Currently, she is participating in the LICCI project as an intern and collaborator, doing research and collecting data on the impacts of climate change in the mountain agroecosystems of Prades (Catalonia, Spain) perceived by local communities, to assess the crop diversity trends in relation to climate change.