(Rod) R Mena Flühmann

(Rod) R Mena Flühmann
PhD Candidate International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic staff unit
Location
Kortenaerkade 12, 's - Gravenhage
Room
I4-04
Telephone
0704260504
Email
mena@iss.nl
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Rodrigo Mena is a researcher and consultant working on disasters, conflict, humanitarian aid, and applied fieldwork research. Currently, he is involved in the project “When disasters meet conflict” at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, working with Prof. Dr. Thea Hilhorst. His primary focus is on disaster governance and humanitarian aid in high-intensity conflict-affected scenarios.

For more than a decade he has worked in academia, public and private…

Rodrigo Mena is a researcher and consultant working on disasters, conflict, humanitarian aid, and applied fieldwork research. Currently, he is involved in the project “When disasters meet conflict” at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, working with Prof. Dr. Thea Hilhorst. His primary focus is on disaster governance and humanitarian aid in high-intensity conflict-affected scenarios.

For more than a decade he has worked in academia, public and private sector, government, local and international NGOs, and the United Nations. Next to doing fieldwork in hostile, complex and remote areas in Latin America, Europe, Oceania and Asia (e.g. including South Sudan, Chile, Jordan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan), he has also led humanitarian aid groups and conducted research after the occurrence of several disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, floods, and droughts.

Rod is also Board Member of the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA), convener of the Peace and Ecology in the Anthropocene (PEA) commission at the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), and Board Member of the ISS Blog on Global Development and Social Justice (BLISS). At the academic level, he has taught at universities and is the author of articles and book chapters. Previous research also focused on climate change, peak oil and transition strategies; urban agriculture and food security; and applied fieldwork research.

He holds degrees in Sociology (Magna Cum Laude), Political and Social Science (Cum Laude), a Master of Environments from the University of Melbourne (H1, Magna Cum Laude) and diplomas in methodology and socio-environmental topics, including Quantitative Multivariable Analysis, Environmental Impact Assessment, Public Policy, and Sustainable Development. Regarding applied research, Rod has experience and training in the development of fieldwork in hostile, complex and remote areas, being certified by United Nations, Red Cross, Centre for Safety and Development, GCORE, and RedR Emergency Response.

Areas of study:

  • Socio-environmental disasters and conflicts
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Resilience and social vulnerability
  • Urban agriculture and food security
  • Climate change, peak oil, transition strategies, environmental education and limits to growth
  • Methodology of transdisciplinary research, and
  • Research and fieldwork in hostile, complex and remote areas

Professional Associations:

  • Board Member, International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA)
  • Convener and Managing Coordinator of the Ecology, Conflict Risks, Forced Migration & Peace (ECR-FMP) commission, International Peace Research Association (IPRA)
  • Member, International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Editorial Board Member, ISS Blog on Global Development and Social Justice (BLISS)
  • PhD Candidate

    University
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    School
    International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
    Department
    Academic staff unit
    Country
    The Netherlands
    Telephone
    0704260504
  • IPRA Ecology and Peace Commission

    Additional Information
    The Ecology and Peace Commission (EPC) of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) addresses the relationship between the Earth and Human systems, and their impacts on peace.
    Role
    Chair and Managing Coordinator
    Start date approval
    Jan/2017
    End date approval
    Feb/0021

    International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA)

    Additional Information
    The International Humanitarian Studies Association engaged with the study of humanitarian crises caused by disasters, conflict or political instability.
    Role
    Board Member
    Obtained Wage
    no
    Start date approval
    Nov/2018
    End date approval
    Nov/2020

    Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU)

    Additional Information
    AREU is an independent research institute based in Kabul. It's mission is to inform and influence policy and practice by conducting high-quality, policy-relevant, and evidence-based research.
    Role
    Visiting Scholar
    Obtained Wage
    no
    Start date approval
    Dec/2017
    End date approval
    Dec/2018

Address

Visiting address

Kortenaerkade 12 2518 AX 's - Gravenhage

Postal address

Postbus 29776 2502 LT 's-Gravenhage