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Human Development &
Capability Association

Multi-Disciplinary and People-Centred

Paola Velasco Herrejon

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  • Position: Early Career
  • Department: Environmental Research Institute
  • Affiliation: University College Cork
  • Country: Mexico
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  • Biographical info: I am a postdoctoral researcher within the Cleaner Production Promotion Unit, a research group of the Environmental Research Institute and the School of Engineering and Architecture at University College Cork. My background is in development studies. I hold a MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. My PhD research in the Centre of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge explores the factors affecting whether and how communities accept wind energy developments in Southern Mexico. It does so by drawing together three lenses: the energy justice framework, the capability approach, and power analysis. These lenses help examine how shifting actions and power relations maintain or transform conflicts around RETs in developing contexts. My current work focuses on education and public engagement in environmental decision-making, particularly renewable energy, along with wider sustainability, energy justice, and community participation issues.

Research interests:
Energy Justice, Renewable Energy, Indigenous Communities, Capabilities, Power, Sustainability, and Participatory Action Research

Thematic Groups:
Early Career Researchers and Practitioners Network Empowerment and Collective Capabilities Horizontal Inequality Human Security Indigenous Peoples Participatory Methods Sustainable Human Development

Regional Network:
Latin American Network

About Paola Velasco Herrejon

Paola's research focuses on indigenous led participation for the development of renewable energy projects. Her previous experience includes working at the Women’s National Institute in Mexico, and as Corporate Social Responsibility coordinator of a wind energy firm.

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