Diana Feliciano

Diana Feliciano


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Diana Feliciano has worked as a transdisciplinary scientist before she joined Teesside University International Business School as a Professor of Climate Change and Sustainable Economic Development in 2022. She holds a PhD in Geography, an MSc in Economics and a five-year degree in Engineering with specialisation in forestry and natural resource management.

She has previously worked at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, at the International Social Science Council - UNESCO in Paris, at the James Hutton Institute in Scotland and at the Catolica Porto Business School in Portugal. She also undertook a secondment at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in London (from November 2018 to March 2019), an agency under the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that advises the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations on greenhouse gas emissions targets and on climate change adaptation for all sectors of the economy.

Her research focuses on the role of land to deliver multiple benefits namely climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable food production, ecosystem services and rural prosperity taking into consideration the interconnections across spatial scales namely farm level, community level, regional level, national level, global level.

She is currently working on an Horizon Europe/UKRI funded climate change-related research project and she previously worked on research projects in the UK, several European countries and in Guatemala, Ethiopia and South Africa, where she has worked with a wide range of stakeholders such as local politicians, policy makers, practitioners, farmers, indigenous communities, associations of councils and researchers to discuss sustainable food production, property rights, environmental justice, climate change, gender and well-being. She has also collaborated with several global level organisations, namely CGIAR, UNECE, FAO and the World Bank.

She has published widely in the field of wicked environmental problems (climate change, sustainable agriculture, forest management, renewable energy) and has a substantial record of publications in international high-impact journals.

She has taught on the topics of Climate Change Science, Climate Change Policy, Food Economics, The Value of Nature, Political Economy, Markets and Commodities, Sustainable Food Production and Ecological Economics to both undergraduate and MSc students.

She speaks English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, plays the piano, is a rock climber and loves cycling.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 28 Nov 2012

Master, Catolica Porto Business School

Award Date: 30 Jun 2008

Master, University of Lisbon

Award Date: 14 Nov 2003


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