Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Maria Garcia-Martin works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Land Change Science Research Unit of the Swiss Federal Research Institute, WSL. With a background in human geography and working in interdisciplinary teams, she is interested in the broad field of human-landscapes interactions with a focus on societal transitions towards landscape sustainability. She pays particular attention to integrated landscape management approaches and to the study of the personal interaction with places for cultivating landscape stewardship. She conducts transdisciplinary, participatory place-based research mainly in European landscapes. At the WSL she collaborates in the SNF funded projects: Restorative potential of green spaces in noise-polluted environments - RESTORE; and What is Sustainable Intensification? Operationalizing Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Pathways in Europe - SIPATH. She also collaborates with the Chair of Societal Transition and Agriculture at the University of Hohenheim in the DAAD funded German-Armenian Network on the Advancement of Public Participation GIS for Ecosystem Services as a Means for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development - GAtES; and with the Chair of Social-Ecological Interactions in Agricultural System at the Universities of Göttingen and Kassel in the DFG funded project Linking places and processes for sustainability: Social-ecological dynamics and value chains of Mediterranean landscape products - LANDSCAPE CHAINS.