Universidad Mayor de San Andrés



Elizabeth Jiménez Zamora is currently a professor and the academic coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Doctoral Program on Development Issues CIDES – UMSA, the Graduate Center for Interdisciplinary Research that is part of Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz, Bolivia. As coordinator, she is in charge of organizing the academic program, selecting the students, and in charge of the thesis’s seminaries. Her activities at CIDES – UMSA also involve lecturing for the MA and Ph.D programs offered by CIDES, supervising theses, and participating in research projects. Currently, she is Coordinator and Senior Researcher for a project aimed at studying the process of feminization and agricultural transformation among quinoa producers in the Southern Bolivian Highlands. This research is part of the R4D research projects financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and led by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Elizabeth Jiménez Zamora has also been Coordinator of the South America regional office JACS-SAM NCCR North South (a National Centre of Competence in Research) funded by the SNSF and SDC, and Co-Investigator and Research Coordinator in Bolivia of the SANREM CRSP project 'Adapting to Change in Vulnerable Ecosystems in the Andes' funded by NSF and led by the Department of Applied Economics of the University of Missouri, USA.

Research Interests

Keywords: Livelihood Strategies, Sustainability, Climate Change, Labor and Employment Issues

Elizabeth Jiménez Zamora's research interests centre around issues of sustainability in the overall process of development, and specifically in the management of natural resources and the processes of change, transformation, and resilience. She uses quantitative and qualitative mixed approaches to analyze specific case studies both in rural and urban settings. She is currently putting together a panel data set on livelihood strategies and management of natural resources among quinoa producers in the Bolivian Southern Highlands. Elizabeth aims at identifying 'differentiation' and its implications across different categories of analysis. She uses differentiation across livelihood strategies to examine the different roles of labor mobility and migration within and across communities and to assess sustainability and adaptation. Differentiation is also present in the analysis of management of natural resources. Some communities do better than others in managing collective access and the use of 'common pool' (Ostrom) resources such as water, forests, and common land.


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