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Heidi Mendoza is a PhD Candidate from the Water and Climate Risk group at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). Her PhD research focuses on the past and future qualitative storylines of drought-to-flood events as part of the PerfectSTORM Project (‘STOrylines of futuRe extreMes’).

Before joining VU Amsterdam, she was the Program Coordinator of the Sustainable and Inclusive Landscape Governance (SILG) implemented by Foundation Philippines, Tropenbos International, and Wageningen University and Research. Her work entailed designing and facilitating inclusive, and creative dialogues to bring stakeholders together towards sustainable management, and governance of Sierra Madre, Palawan, and Bukidnon-Misamis Oriental landscapes in the Philippines. She also led collaborative research work on community forest rights, and landscape governance assessments.

Prior her civil society experience, she worked at the University of the Philippines as a Senior Researcher for a Philippine climate-smart agriculture project (Project SARAI). Her work focused on unravelling Filipino farmers’ paradigms, perceptions, and practices on agriculture, and combining these social farming contexts to crop models, and to real-time agricultural monitoring systems.


Climate-smart agriculture, agricultural and communication paradigms, landscape governance, community forest rights, futures studies.


2018: MSc Development Communication, Major in Environmental Science, University of the Philippines Los Baños.

2013: BSc Development Communication, Major in Development Journalism, Minor in Agricultural Economics, University of the Philippines Los Baños.

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