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Independent experts nominated by country party

Laura Maria Torres

First name
Laura Maria
Last name
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Date of Nomination
Discipline of Expertise
Other Disciplines
and Sociology
Natural Resource Management
UN languages spoken


Geographical Focus
Job function
Dr. in Social Anthropology
Telephone number
+54 261 5244102
Work experience
Why do men behave in problematic ways regarding the environment and natural resources? This is the general question driving my research efforts. For this purpose, I work on the development of socieconomic benchmarks and indicators, studying the dinamics of natural resource use and management, the direct and structural causes of desertification (driving forces), the analysis of production and work processes linked to the use of nature, and the traditional knowledge related to natural resource management. In recent times, I have incorporated an integrated analysis of the following issues: desertification - production - poverty - child labour.
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
1. PhD in Social Anthropology, Sevilla University, Spain 2005_x000D_
2. MSc. in Anthropology, National University of Cordoba, Argentina 2008
Number of Publications
Publication titles
Torres, Laura (2008) "Nueva ruralidad en territorios perifericos: los productos caprinos del noreste de Mendoza, Argentina" (New rurality in peripheral territories: goat producers in the northeast of Mendoza, Argentina), Revista Universitas Humanistica N 66: 199-218, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia. ISSN: 0120-4807_x000D_
2. Torres, Laura (2008) "Hilos de agua, lazos de sangre: enfrentando la escasez en el desierto de Lavalle, Mendoza, Argentina" (Threats of water, bonds of blood: facing shortage in the desert of Lavalle, Mendoza, Argentina), Ecosistemas Revista cientifica y tecnica de Ecologia y Medio Ambiente, Año 17 N 1:46-59 / 2008 Enero-Abril_x000D_
3. Abraham, E.M. and Torres Laura (2007) "Estado del arte en el uso de indicadores y puntos de referencia en la lucha contra la desertificacion y la sequia en America Latina y el Caribe" (State of the art in the use of brenchmarks and indicators in the combat of desertification en Latin America and the Caribbean). Interciencia, VOL. 32 N 12: 827-833, Caracas, Venezuela_x000D_
4. E. Anbraham, H.F. del Valle, F. Roing, L. Torres, J.O. Ares, Coronato, R. and R. Codagnone (2009) "An Overview of Landscape Ecology in the Monte Desert biome (Argentina)", Journal of Arid Environments, Volume 73, Issue 2, February 2009, Pages 144-153, ELSEVIER_x000D_
5. Torres, Laura (2008) "Traditional knowledge and technologies: administration of common goods from the perspective of goat producers in the Lavalle desert (Mendoza, Argentina)", International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification, December 14-17, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research Drylands, Sede Boqer Campus, Israel
Other activities
1. Active Member of the Global Network of Drylands Research Institutes, an international network of research institutes devoted to the study of drylands, which encompasses high-level research institutes and gropus from Israel, India, Japan, Argentina, Germany, Australia, United States and Egypt_x000D_
2. Member of the Environment Committee of the Instituto Argentino de las Zonas Aridas, CONICET / CCT Mendoza_x000D_
3. Permanent Member of the Assessment and Monitoring Committee for the Personalized Doctorate in Social Sciences, Facultad de Ciencias Politicas y Sociales, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo.
Organisation name
Instituto para la Investigación de Zonas Aridas
Organisation street address
Adrian Ruiz Leal s/n, Parque General San Martin, CC 507
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