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Yolanda López-Maldonado

Yolanda López-Maldonado, MSc

Doctoral candidate

Yolanda Lopez-Maldonado is a Human Ecologist and Geographer specialized in freshwater resources interested in Complex Systems Analysis and Groundwater Modelling. Her work involves the development of experimental approaches to real-world problems related to human-environment interactions. She is currently a PhD student at the Department of Geography, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU.

She has been visiting researcher at the Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and the Natural Resources Institute–University of Manitoba, Canada. She has received a number of awards, including the Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund Award, and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center grant. She has also been recently selected as a Young Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (2015), Laxenburg, Austria and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2016), Stockholm, Sweden.

Born and raised in Yucatan, Mexico, she has worked for different NGOs and collaborated with communitarian organizations in Mexico towards groundwater conservation. She is currently member of the Specialist Group: Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, and the Ramsar Culture Network.

Dissertation project: Groundwater Maya Project (pdf, 86 KB)


Selected publications:
López-Maldonado, Y. (2016). “Groundwater sustainability: Narrowing the gap between science, policy and society”. Proceedings of the 2016 World Water Week”. Stockholm, Sweden. 28 August – 2 September 2016.

López-Maldonado, Y & Fath, B. (2015). “The early identification of human drivers affecting groundwater resources. Developing a Material Flow Analysis of the Geohydrological Reserve zone in Yucatan, Mexico”. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Final Young Summer Program Report. Laxenburg, Austria.

López-Maldonado, Y. (2014). “Towards an Understanding of the Human-Environment System of Mayan Communities: Knowledge, Users, Beliefs and Perception of Groundwater in Yucatan”. The Digital Library of the Commons. Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. Indiana University. URL: http://dlc.dlib.indiana.edu/dlc/handle/10535/9408

López-Maldonado, Y. & Castillo-Burguete, T. (2013). “Communitarian initiatives on cultural heritage: preservation, achievements and challenges”. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 2551, 141-149.