Environment and Sustainability Institute Desk 122, Room 1.15
Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK
After studying a masters in international economics and an M.Sc. in Food Policy, Léna joined the SITE department (Science, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship) of the Business School to start a multi-disciplinary project combining environmental, development and entrepreneurship topics.
Her PhD focuses on multi-stakeholder partnerships for forest preservation. More specifically, her research seeks to understand how entrepreneurial projects supported by external organisations, such as NGOs, for income generation and livelihood improvement (e.g.: cocoa and coffee farming) can enhance local communities' empowerment and how this can in turn contribute to rainforest preservation.
This project is a collaboration with Cool Earth, an NGO that works alongside local communities to tackle climate change through forest protection. Léna focuses on the partnerships Cool Earth has established in Peru.
- M.Sc. "Food Policy" (City, University of London)
- Master's Degree "International Relations & Economics" (Institut d'Etudes Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence)
- BA "Political Sciences" (Institut d'Etudes Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence, ITESO - Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara)
Current research title: "Empowering indigenous communities through entrepreneurial practices? An exploration of a multi-stakeholder collaboration for rainforest preservation in Peru"
Abstract: "The land governed and managed by indigenous communities has been demonstrated to have lower rates of deforestation compared to neighbouring territories. Since forest preservation is considered critical to mitigating climate change as well as to protecting terrestrial biodiversity, an increasing number of conservation organisations have directed their actions towards supporting forest dwellers. A wide range of programmes being developed include empowerment of local communities as their central objective. In this context, entrepreneurial projects have been put forward as fit-for-purpose approaches, especially to generate income and improve local livelihood. Nonetheless, it remains unclear how these organisations conceptualise empowerment, and if their agenda matches the expectations of the communities they are willing to assist. This is problematic since projects that are not based on a genuine process of participants’ consultation are likely to fail to achieve their expected goals or can even have detrimental consequences on people and the environment. This research project focuses on the conceptualisation of empowerment and its implementation through entrepreneurial activities within a partnership between a UK-based international conservation charity, and indigenous forest communities in Peru. This investigation aims to advance knowledge on multi-stakeholder and cross-cultural empowerment initiatives founded on entrepreneurial practices. Additionally, it seeks to provide recommendations that can help advance the objectives and maximise the impact of such partnerships."