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  • Room A-613, W&N-building

  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1087

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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Claudia Parra is a PhD researcher in the Environmental Geography group of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). She conducts research about impact assessment methods to model the environmental and social impacts of products and services in globalized commodity networks. Her work is part of the COUPLED project ( and she works under the supervision of Prof. Peter Verburg (VU Amsterdam) and Prof. Peter Messerli from University of Bern.

After four years working for development projects focused on agriculture and climate change adaptation in her home country (Peru), she decided to do a MSc. in Human Ecology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) to deepen her understanding about socio-ecological systems. As part of her Master’s thesis, she conducted an ex-post impact assessment of an agricultural development project focused on sustainable land management, which sparked her interest in the complex telecoupled interactions between global and local systems.

Her main interests are sustainability assessments, land use science and modeling of socio-ecological systems.


Impact assessment, sustainable development, climate change adaptation


2011: BSc Biology. Specialization in Ecology. National Agrarian University (UNALM). Lima, Peru.

2017: MSc Human Ecology. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Belgium.

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