Lisa Segnestam is a Research Fellow. She joined SEI in 2000. Lisa specializes in the linkages between disaster risk reduction, social in(equity), and development in both a Swedish and an international setting.
Lisa holds a PhD in Economic History from Stockholm University (SU) on gender-differentiated vulnerability to drought of the rural poor in Nicaragua. She has also taught environmental history and supervised Masters students at SU.
In her research, Lisa uses a multi-dimensional perspective on poverty to assess what coping and adaptive capacities distinguish less vulnerable from more vulnerable groups. This involves using multiple qualitative research methods, including interviews, focus groups, participatory observation, and policy analysis. Lisa has experience in both developed and developing countries, the latter primarily in Latin America, and speaks Spanish. Previously she has worked with mainstreaming environmental issues in policies and strategies with organizations such as the World Bank, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, and the Stockholm Office of Regional Planning.
Currently Lisa is doing her postdoc research in Costa Rica on differences in vulnerability to climate change among indigenous and non-indigenous elderly and younger women and men. She is also involved in SEI’s Gender and Social Equality Program, where she leads the work on the integration of gender and social equality concerns in research on environment and climate change related issues.
Prior to joining SEI in 2000, Lisa worked for the World Bank in Washington, DC as well as for the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).