I am a feminist woman. I was born and grew up in the urban, working class neigbourhoods of Carabanchel and Tetuán in Madrid; and I had the privilege of enjoying rural life in my town of Bernuy de Porreros, Segovia. I am a scholar- activist. My first job was as an “environmental educator” in Faunia (a type of zoo) in Madrid) where I took the opportunity to research, write and report the impacts and the human-nature power relationship in zoos.

I  graduated in Environmental Sciences from the Universdiad Autónoma de Madrid UAM (Spain) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica do Rio de Janeiro PUC (Brazil). I have a master’s degree in Ecological Economics and I am a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Instituto de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambiental ICTA-UAB (Barcelona). In my PhD thesis I analyzed oil palm and sugarcane plantations conflicts in Guatemala using the Participatory Action Research approach. At the same time, I have carried out research on traditional ecological knowledge, dynamics of land grabbing and local and global market chains in Europe. I have been part of the production of documentaries about socio-environmental conflicts, and an observer of human rights in Central America. I am a co-founder of the Mar de Tierras association for education and environmental activism (Madrid), and of the cooperative of La Noguera Medinaceli for reviving local agroecological systems (Soria). Currently, I analyze and map socio-environmental conflicts around the world by their causes and consequences (http://www.envjustice.org). I explore the links between feminism and ecology and experiment the bridges between action-research-education and art.

Injustices mobilize me and ignite me. I believe in groups, collectives and communities that work to create alternatives. Dancing makes me feel free and I make a great effort to put life at the center of everything I do.

To me, being part of FRACTAL has given me a collective space away of the solitude of individual research in academic institutions where scholar-activists, feminist women, colleagues and friends together create new alternative proposals.

Publications

  • Navas, G., Mingorría, S., Aguilar-González, B. 2018. Violence in environmental conflicts: the need for a multidimensional approach. Sustainability Science.
  • Mingorría, S. 2017. Violence and visibility in oil palm and sugarcane conflicts: the case of Polochic Valley, Guatemala. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 1-26.
  • Mingorría, S Gamboa, G Martín-López, B Corbera, E. 2014. The oil palm boom: socio-economic implications for Q’eqchi’households in the Polochic valley, Guatemala. Environment, development and sustainability 16 (4), 841-871.
  • Gómez- Baggethun, E., Mingorría, S., Reyes-García, V., Calvet, L and Montes, C. 2010. Traditional Ecological Knowledge Trends in the Transition to a Market Economy. Empirical Study in the Doñana Natural Areas. Conservation Biology 24(3), 721-729.

Projects