De la Rosa Solano, Sofia

De la Rosa Solano, Sofia

Research Fellow

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, UK

Research Interests

My research interests include environmental history, political ecology and environmental justice. More specifically, I am interested on how inequalities are expressed in both society and space, particularly through water. With those interests in mind I'm contributing to the RECOMS ITN with the project Co-creating Urban Waterways as Socially Diverse Spaces.  I consider that water may provide a strong link to aprehend the complexity of what we now call environmental issues, and this project provides the perfect oportunity to focus on that. Within the project I will also use a historic approach, because I believe the understanding of these environmental issues in a time perspective may question many things that a present-day study may take for granted, and therefore bring valuable elements to understand our realities. 



Since I was studying my bachelor in History at the National University of Colombia I started looking for tools that would allow me to overcome the harsh division between humanities and natural sciences. I joined the Environmental History group at my department, and eventually that path led me to commit in socio/environmental research. After my graduation, I worked for institutions in Colombia that had been mostly interested in natural research, like the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Environmental Research,  Bogota’s Botanic Garden and the NGO Tropenbos International. All of these institutes where innovating and creating research projects where environment and society could be analyzed in a more comprehensive way. 

After two years of work experience I moved to Amsterdam to start my MA in Latin American Studies. In there I found the flexibility to adapt the program to my own interests and focus in socio-environmental topics and water studies. I finished the program at the end of 2017 and afterwards I was accepted to be part of the RECOMS ITN.