Noelia Zafra Calvo

JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Noelia Zafra Calvo
    Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, 220-8502 Yokohama
    +81 (0)45 221-2300


    PhD, Global Change and Sustainable Development, University of Alcala

    Biographical Statement

    Noelia Zafra Calvo joins UNU-IAS as a JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow. She is interested in the effectiveness of conservation strategies, and their links to socio-economical and governance issues at the implementation stage. Her previous academic work focused on the application of systematic conservation planning methods in African countries, paying special attention to the effective selection and management of protected areas in agricultural landscapes.

    Her research at UNU-IAS explores the cost-effectiveness of conservation actions in African wildlife corridors, focusing on how different governance systems perform to preserve biological and natural resources. Her work also assesses the cost of different conservation strategies to local communities and how it is related to biological effectiveness of conservation.

    She also has ten years of professional experience coordinating and advising on conservation biology and agro forestry programmes in African countries for governments, international NGOs and companies. She holds a degree in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Global Change and Sustainable Development from the University of Alcala, Spain.