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Angélica V. Ospina

Angélica V. Ospina

Senior Researcher, Adaptation

Angélica is a Senior Researcher with the Resilience Program of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

Previous to joining IISD, she was the Senior Technical Advisor for Resilience at Lutheran World Relief, focusing on the operationalization of resilience in development practice. Angelica held a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester's School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) in the United Kingdom, where she completed her PhD on climate change resilience and the role of information and communication technologies in agricultural livelihoods.

Her experience includes the design of RABIT: the Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact Toolkit, tested in Costa Rica and Uganda, as well as the design of the Dynamic Resilience Wheel (DReW), a resilience capacity-building tool implemented in Nepal. She has more than 10 years of experience in the management and implementation of applied research projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, senior project management and research positions with Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and consultancies for a number of international organizations.

She is based in Ottawa, and is fluent in English and Spanish.

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  • Education

    Bachelor of Finance and International Relations (1998): University Externado of Colombia

    Master's of International Affairs (2001): Carleton University

    PhD, Development Policy and Management (2013): University of Manchester

  • Languages

    English, Spanish (fluent)