The Global Initiative Network

GIN Member

María Alejandra Vélez

Director of CESED, Los Andes University

Director of the Center for Studies on Security and Drugs (CESED), Associate professor at the Faculty of Economics, Universidad de los Andes, founding member of the Center for the Sustainable Development Goals for Latin America and the Caribbean (CODS) and senior research fellow at EfD initiative. She is an economist from Universidad de los Andes and Ph.D. in Economics of Natural Resources from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was a postdoctoral Research Scientist (2006-2008) at the Center for Research on Environmental Decision, Columbia University, New York City and the Mellon Visiting Professor at Duke Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies- Duke University in 2013. Her research focuses on governance and institutional design for natural resource management in rural communities of the global south. She is currently studying the design of payment for environmental services programs, the impact of collective property in the Pacific Coast of Colombia and the dynamics and expansion of illicit crops in Colombia.


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