How many times have you heard this sentence in your normal line of work? I bet not too many. Well, academia is usually a madhouse, but we haven’t reached (yet) “that” level of craziness. At least not at the department of Economic History. For now. Yet, this is the “new normal” at the place where … More Who can babysit the pelican?
Today I had a fantastic dream. Not as in daydreaming but like a real dream -dream, while sleeping. It was so great that I cannot help but sharing it with you. In my dream, Sir David Attenborough was personally calling us to ask if we could go work for him. Ha!! 🙂 He wanted us … More Funny dreams
This is the last of the posts reflecting on the relationship between economics and conservation. The posts have been triggered by the experience working as a volunteer for Osa Conservation (OC). OC has the advantage of being a very broad organization, engaged in different aspects of conservation. I have been working mainly with the marine … More Development Economics and Conservation
One of the wonderful bits about my current volunteer work is that I am doing hands-on research (again). And this time, not with the idea of developing or testing a theory as it is often the case in academia, but with the humble and simple goal of improving people’s lives while ensuring the long-term conservation … More New insights into job downgrading…hands-on research again!
As some of you might have noticed, this last week I have not been so active on the blog. The reason for that is that as part of the volunteer work, I have been (finally) in the field, doing interviews with fishermen in some rural areas in Costa Rica. It has been intense and tiresome. … More A fisherman’s life from the peephole and what it can teach us about poverty, conservation and life
Forget me if I get too serious. But one of the outcomes of the volunteer work in conservation is that I started to think about how economics can contribute to conservation. Hence, this series of (more serious) blogs. I started discussing, in general, the links between economics and conservation. And in this blog and future … More Ecological economics and conservation
Have you ever wondered how someone with an economic or social science background can contribute to conservation? I had asked myself that question many times while we were preparing for the sabbatical and our volunteer work in Costa Rica. I searched the internet looking for examples of volunteer work in conservation and it seemed to … More Economics and conservation
First impressions Close your eyes and picture a tropical jungle and a calm sea. Yep! That is the Golfito area in the Osa Peninsula. The Osa peninsula is really wild. In the Golfito, the green “lush” slopes of jungle end up in reddish deserted sand beaches and a sea teeming with large marine mammals. The … More The scouting trip (V, and last)- Osa Peninsula
First impressions It takes barely 1 hour to go from Manuel Antonio to Uvita. The road has a speed limit of 80/60 km although it is really good. It is a beautiful road with palm trees and forest visible throughout the trip. Arriving at Uvita is especially nice since one starts seeing the green mountains … More The scouting trip (IV)- Uvita
The road from San José to Nosara It takes almost 5 hours to drive from San José to Nosara. The first part of the road is really good -asphalted and well indicated- until one needs to deviate to Sámara and Nosara. The last 60 km of the trip is a dirt road full of potholes, … More The scouting trip (III). Nosara