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Curriculum Vitae

Sandra Alfonso, M. Eng.
PhD Student Protection and sustainable management of urban ecosystems
Phone: +49 221 8275-2930
sandra.alfonso(at)smail.th-koeln.de  

 

 

Academic Background
Since 10.2010: PhD candidate at the University of Applied Sciences of Cologne – Germany

From 2001 to 2004: M.Sc. TERMA. Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics – ITT (CUAS)

SS 2000: Master course “Government Tourism Administration” International University of Andalusia, Huelva, Spain

From 1991 to 1998: B.Sc. Architecture. Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the National University of the Northeast FAU-UNNE. Resistencia-Chaco-Argentina

Professional Experience
Between 2005 and 2008: Research assistant in the BMBF project “Megacity Recife” (various contracts). Topics: Landscape degradation and forest fragmentation in the Atlantic Rainforest, use and protection of open spaces in megacities, urban participative planning and environmental education. Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics – ITT (CUAS)

March 2007 to July 2007: Lecturer and tutor in the semester project: „Open Spaces in Emerging Megacities, Recife“. Topic: Environmental Education. Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics – ITT (CUAS)

Between 2006 and 2007: Tutor for Integrated Watershed Management and Regional Planning. Training program for professionals from Vietnam, Lao and Cambodia on behalf of ITTrms and Inwent GmbH , Research assistant in the BMBF project „BLUMEN“, Organization of the Alumni Summer School „Spatial Planning and Natural Resources Management“ in Cologne. Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics – ITT (CUAS)

March 2006 to July 2006: Lecturer and tutor in the semester project: „Open Spaces in Emerging Megacities, Recife“. Topic: Participative Planning. Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics – ITT (CUAS)

September 2005 to February 2006: Lecture series „The work from NGO in Latin America“, Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics – ITT (CUAS)

From 1998 to 2000: Research Assistant. Development of ideas for sustainable architecture and planning processes in developing countries including ecological architecture and low cost housing. Institute for Development of the Human Habitat (ITDAHu). National University of the Northeast FAU-UNNE. Resistencia-Chaco-Argentina

From 1995 to 2000: Assistant Lecturer: Architecture I, Construction II and Structure III. Teaching subjects: design, low cost and social housing, technical construction, participative planning. Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the National University of the Northeast FAU-UNNE. Resistencia-Chaco-Argentina

Research Areas
Social Housing & Urban Development in Latin America Urban ecosystem management Participative Planning

Publications
Nehren U., T. Loaiza Lange, S. Alfonso, F. Naegeli, J. Monteiro, S. Schlüter (2012): Potentials for Forest Conservation and Reforestation under CDM and REDD+ in the Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In: Kieler Geographische Schriften, in press.

Nehren, U., S. Alfonso, J. Heinrich (2009): Forest fragmentation in the Serra dos Órgãos: Historical and landscape ecological implications. In: Gaese, H., J.C. Torrico, J. Wesenberg, S. Schlüter (eds.) „Biodiversity and land use systems in the fragmented Mata Atlântica of Rio de Janeiro”. Couvelier-Verlag Göttingen, S. 39-64.

Ribbe, L., U. Nehren, A. Nauditt, N. Kretschmer, S. Alfonso & A. Hann (2006): The European Water Framework Directive and ist relevance for water management in the Lower Mekong Basin, Studie im Auftrag der GTZ, Köln, Frankfurt.

Nehren, U. & S. Alfonso (2006): CANOPIA-Project Humboldt meets Disney in the Brazilian Amazon. In: Asch, F. & Becker, M (eds.): Tropentag 2006 – Prosperity & Poverty in a globalized world: Challenges for Agricultural Research, Poster presentation and Book of Abstracts, Bonn.

Nehren, U. & S. Alfonso (2004): “Canopia Project”. Pre-feasibility Study: Research and ecotourism center in the Brazilian Amazon rain forest.  B.Sc. Thesis, unpublished.

Awards / Scholarships
10/2010 – 9/2013: PhD candidate Scholarship holder from the Center for Natural Resources and Development CNRD-DAAD 2005 VDI Award (district Cologne), 1st prize for the master thesis “Canopia Project” (Förderpreis des Vereins Deutscher Ingenieure – VDI, Bezirksverein Köln für die Masterarbeit an der FH Köln)

04/2001 – 9/2003: DAAD exchange scholarship. Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics – ITT (CUAS)

1990 Best final high school grade: sponsorship award of the “Asociación de Arquitectos e Ingenieros”, Chaco, Argentina 1984 Best final school grade. Scholarship award “Miguel Navarro Viola”, Chaco, Argentina

Languages
Spanish: mother tongue
German: fluent
English: intermediate
Portuguese: fluent

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