On the first of June, I officially started my leave from the university. Piuuuuuuuuung! PO….PO…..Piuuuuuuuuuung POPPOPOPOPOPOPOPO! The sound of the fireworks resound on my head as I write these lines. So, It is DONE. And it just feels right! It feels like all the pieces are slowly falling into place. As Frank nicely reminded me … More First day of my new life
My last contribution to the JRC has been to help with the organization of a Webinar on the Impact of Covid on Coservation Worldwide. The Webinar will bring together speakers from IUCN (Marta Mills), TRAFFIC (Ben Brocks), Oxford University (Amy Dickman), Europarc Federation (Ignace Schops) and the Jaguar Rescue Center (Encar Vila). I will be … More Join me on a Webinar on the impact of Covid on Conservation worldwide on January 15th, 2021
There are many rescue centers around the world. And choosing the center that is right for you might be difficult. Are you interested in a particular species? Are you an animal lover and would like to spend as much time as possible with them? Is it important for you to be part of a group of volunteers? … … More What to look for when planning to volunteer in a Wildlife Rescue Center
As the sabbatical year comes to an end, it is time to reflect on what we have done and learnt and how this sabbatical has changed us in many ways. Some reflection blogs will come but for the time being, I wanted to start with a visual representation of our sabbatical in the form of … More A visual summary of our sabbatical
I got up today with the sensation that November had gone in a flash. As if October had been naturally followed by December…One day, I had still one month of volunteer work to do, and the next one, I was finished volunteering. Just like that. I guess that it is just a sign of how … More Where did November go?
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