More than 400 SI scholarship holders – students and researchers – completed their scholarship period this semester and became part of the SI Alumni Network. There are now more than 10,000 SI alumni! We asked a few of the new alumni to share their future plans, hopes and expectations with us. This week it’s time for Rafaela Flach to share with us a bit about her future plans!
Name: Rafaela Ariana Flach
When, where & what did you study in Sweden:
I was awarded an SI Scholarship to attend the Msc in Science for Sustainable Development programme in Linköping University, between 2013 and 2015.
What’s your plan now?
From September to December 2015, I will contribute as a visiting researcher in the Centre for Development Studies in Bonn University, in a project called “Forests in the Global Bioeconomy: Developing Multi-Scale Policy Scenarios”, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
After this, I am headed to start my PhD studies in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, in University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. There, I will investigate climate change impacts on society and ecosystems under different socioeconomic pathways, analysing how impact avoidance is constrained by availability of land and water.
In general, I want to pursue the goal I established when starting my studies in Sweden, to become a sustainability scientist contributing to science-policy engagement in processes related to climate change, water and deforestation. During and after my PhD, I expect to provide scientific assistance to the Brazilian government and international organizations which influence policies and international cooperation regarding these issues.