Honorary Research Associate (Les Lavkulich)

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Issues of environment and development in Latin America particularly multi-scale governance of natural resources and its impact on rural communities.

Selected Publications

Roa-García, M.C., Brown, S., Schreier, H. and Lavkulich, L., 2011. The role of land use and soil in regulating water flow in small headwater catchments of the Andes. Water Resources Research, 47, W05510, 12 p.

Roa-García, M.C., Weiler, M., 2010. Combining hydrograph separation and baseflow transit time modelling to compare catchments based on their response and transit time distributions. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 1537-1549.

Roa-García, M.C., Roa-García, C.E., Brown, S., Cordero, E., 2008. Water resources research and education in mountain communities. Mountain Research and Development, 28(4):196-200.

Additional Information

Cecilia is a post-doctoral researcher studying the way in which the principles of equity and efficiency permeate water policies and regulations in five Andean countries: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru; in what practical ways they are sought after, what evidence there is of their fulfillment, and whether there is enough information to monitor their performance. With an inter-disciplinary background, BSc in Industrial Engineering (Universidad Javeriana), a MSc in Development Studies (London School of Economics) and a PhD in Resource Management, Environment and Sustainability (University of British Columbia) she uses participatory approaches to involve rural communities in research for development projects, and combines biophysical and social sciences to understand local issues. She has leaded and co-lead research on community management of watershed resources in Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras and Nicaragua.

She has contributed to the understanding of the role of land use and soils in the regulation of water flows in Andean catchments and the implications for water scarcity. Locally in Colombia, she leads a project on the use of locally generated data about water sources (biophysical) and the situation of community water organizations (socio-economic) at seven pilot sites, for local management of water and climate change adaptation.