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INESAD News: Welcome Angelina Gherardelli

Angelina Gherardelli

As part of its continuous growth, INESAD and Development Roast are bringing on board a host of new interns. Join us in welcoming one of our newest additions, Angelina Gherardelli:

Since her teenage years Angelina has actively participated in programs such as Un Techo para Chile 1, a youth-led non-profit organization that works with poor families of Chile's slums to build communities and secure dignified places to live. Angelina was able to witness first-hand the humble conditions that thousands live in. This work, and her travel experience, led her to observe the persistent and growing socio-economic inequalities in her home country and abroad, motivating her to study development.

In December 2012, Angelina completed her Master's in Development Studies, specializing in Environment and Sustainable Development, at the International Institute of Social Studies 2 (ISS), in The Hague, The Netherlands, which allowed her to connect her love for nature with her concerns for social justice. Studying at the ISS gave her the opportunity to be immersed in a multicultural environment and to gain an analytical view of the most pressing environmental issues and their intimate connection to social grievances and struggles.

Angelina's research project focused on sociopolitical reactions to the construction of three mega dams in the south of Chile. Through fieldwork she engaged with many local communities and came to understand the relevance they have in preserving the environment, and how important it is to for them to choose the kind of development they want to follow.

Angelina believes that while hands-on work is crucial to improve our future, social research is key to learning how people all around the world are dealing with the ongoing socio-environmental conflicts they are facing and, particularly, to comprehend the current trends underway in Latin America.

During her internship at INESAD, Angelina hopes to continue researching socio-environmental issues such as climate change, water, local development, and governance, in order to help shape a sustainable and just socio-economic development of the continent.

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