JA (José) Barrena-Ruiz MScPromovendus
I obtained a bachelor in economics at Universidad de Chile in 2004, developing a thesis on the economy of Aymara indigenous people in Northern Chile. After finished bachelor studies, I started living in small fisher localities (caletas) in Central Chile, where I worked for more than three years with fisher unions and federations in areas such as fishery co-management, social engagement, and resource leverage, as a member of the Chilean Foundation for Poverty Eradication. In 2007, I moved to the city of Valdivia, Southern Chile, where I worked as a professional of the Foundation Un Techo para Chile in finding permanent housing solutions for poor people of the marginal neighborhoods of the region. In 2012 I obtained a Master degree in Rural Development by Universidad Austral de Chile, developing a thesis on the valuation of cultural ecosystem services. Thereafter, I worked as a researcher and lecturer in the Universidad Austral de Chile, participating in different national and international academic projects in the areas of ecosystem services, agricultural economics, and climate change.