dr. (Rodrigo) R Mena Fluhmann

dr. (Rodrigo) R Mena Fluhmann
Assistant Professor International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic staff unit
Kortenaerkade 12, 's - Gravenhage
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I am Assistant Professor of Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Governance. For over fifteen years I have studied and worked in humanitarian aid, disaster governance, and environmental sociology, especially in conflict-affected and vulnerable settings. I lecture on humanitarian action, disaster risk reduction, methodology, and safety and security for in-situ/fieldwork research. At the moment, I have a particular interest in researching the compound effects and challenges of climate change, protracted crises, and displacement for humanitarian aid and disaster response and disaster risk reduction (DRR). I am also interested in the ethical, safety, and security aspects of research.

I serve as a Board Member of the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) and as convener of the Peace and Ecology in the Anthropocene commission at the International Peace Research Association (IPRA). I also serve as a reviewer in leading journals and often take research, monitoring and evaluation, and advisory consultancy work. This work allows me to develop action research on a regular basis, so I can stay close to the experiences and processes taking place in my fields of study.

Before my current position at ISS, I worked as a researcher, project manager, and consultant with local and international NGOs, the United Nations, Governmental organisations, and in the private sector. I have also been an academic, lecturer, and visiting professor at various universities; led humanitarian aid groups; and researched in-situ the occurrence of several conflicts, crises, and natural hazard-related disasters. As a researcher and practitioner, my work has taken me to multiple complex and disaster-prone places, such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Chile, Jordan, Peru, South Sudan, Uganda, and Yemen.

I hold a PhD in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Governance from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, an MA in Environmental Studies from the University of Melbourne, and a BA in Sociology and BA in Political Science from the A. Hurtado University. I also hold diplomas in Quantitative Multivariable Analysis, Environmental Impact Assessment, Public Policy, and Sustainable Development. Regarding applied research, I have experience and training in the development of fieldwork in hostile, complex and remote areas, with certifications by the United Nations, Red Cross, Centre for Safety and Development, GCORE, and RedR.

  • D.J.M. Hilhorst, R.A. Mena Fluhmann, R.S. van Voorst, I. Desportes & S. Melis (2019). Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Response in Different Conflict Scenarios. In Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) 2019. Geneva: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
  • R. Mena (2018). Responding to Socio-environmental Disasters in High-Intensity Conflict Scenarios: Challenges and Legitimation Strategie. In HG Brauch, U Oswald Spring, A Collins & SE Serrano Oswald (Eds.), Climate Change, Disasters, Sustainability Transition and Peace in the Anthropocene (The Anthropocene: Politik, Economics, Society, Science) (pp. 27-66). Switzerland: Springer doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-97562-7
  • R. Mena (2015). Agricultura Urbana, reducción de la pobreza y seguridad alimentaria: Una relación compleja. In Tierra: Paisajes, suelos y biodiversidad: Desafíos para un buen vivir. Santiago, Chile: IPTCentral
  • R. Mena (2012). From Rural to Ruralities: A transformation to a Territorial and Sustainable Development. In M.F. Meyer & J. Lüder (Eds.), Políticas Públicas y Economía Social de Mercado (pp. 52-65). Chile: Ed. Fundación Konrad Adenauer
  • M.J. Lemaitre & R. Mena (2012). Aseguramiento de la calidad en América Latina: tendencias y desafíos. In Educación Superior en Iberoamérica: Informe 2012 (pp. 21-72). Chile: CINDA; Universia
  • R. Márquez, D. Flores, P. Güell, P. González, S. Godoy, R. Mena & F. Gonzalez (2008). Informe sobre Desarrollo Humano Rural en Chile. In UNDP Rural Development Report. Chile: United Nations Development Programe (UNDP)

  • R. Mena & J. Carbonell (2013). Estudio de Satiafaccion Usuaria. (Preprints). Santiago de Chile: Corporacion de Asistencia Judicial; Ministerio de Justicia
  • R. Mena (2011). Estudio Perfil Postulantes y Sistema Judicial. (Preprints). Chile: Corporacion de Asistencia Judicial; Ministerio de Justicia

  • R. Mena (2018, november 27). Disaster Risk Reduction under high levels of conflict: The case of Afghanistan. Ahmedabad, India, International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Conference.
  • R. Mena (2018, november 26). Security and Safety for field research in complex, remote and hazardous places. Ahmedabad, India, International Peace Research Association (IPRA).
  • R. Mena (2018, april 3). Disaster response and emergency aid in high-intensity conflict scenarios. The cases of South Sudan and Afghanistan. San Francisco, United States, ISA 59th Annual Convention.
  • R. Mena (2018, april 7). Disaster response and emergency aid in high-intensity conflict scenarios. The cases of South Sudan and Afghanistan. San Francisco, United States, ISA 59th Annual Convention.
  • R. Mena (2016, november 29). Disaster response in high-intensity conflict scenarios: Aid-Society relations, challenges and legitimacy. Freetown, Sierra Leone, IPRA 2016 General Conference on Agenda for Peace and Development.
  • R. Mena (2017, augustus 22). The Triage of Aid: Prioritizing who to help in High-Intensity Conflict Scenarios. The case of South Sudan. Bergen, Norway, EADI Nordic Conference.
  • R. Mena (2016, maart 7). Micro Social Conflict and Silent Disasters: two cases of community conflict during times of drought. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, World Conference on Humanitarian Studies.
  • R. Mena (2015, december 30). Crisis como oportunidad para la resiliencia social. Costa Rica, Latin American Congress of Sociology.
  • R. Mena (2015, december 3). Cambio climático como problema social: Un problema ambiental socialmente construido. Costa Rica, Latin American Congress of Sociology.
  • R. Mena (2015, oktober 27). Perspectivas socioecológicas del Agua. Chile, Seminar Cambio Climático, Recursos Hídricos Y Desarrollo.
  • R. Mena (2015, november 20). Urban Agriculture, Poverty Alleviation and Food Security: A complex relationship. Chile, Conferencia Internacional de la Tierra.
  • R. Mena (2014, oktober 15). Socio-Natural Disasters and Resilience: The case study of Valparaiso's fires in Chile, a Political Ecology review. Chile, Latin American Congress of Political Ecology.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
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IPRA Ecology and Peace Commission

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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.
Chair and Managing Coordinator
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International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA)

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The International Humanitarian Studies Association engaged with the study of humanitarian crises caused by disasters, conflict or political instability.
Board Member
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Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU)

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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.
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University for Peace

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Course: Introduction to Humanitarian Action. Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and the Department of International Law.
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Kortenaerkade 12 2518 AX 's - Gravenhage

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Postbus 29776 2502 LT 's-Gravenhage

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