Beatriz Pineda Revilla
Researcher, Lecturer, and PhD candidate in Amsterdam, Netherlands
With a background in Urban Planning and Architecture and several years of working experience in the field of Urban Planning and Urban Design behind me, in 2012, I decided to go back to the university and to enroll in an academic path, a fascinating journey that brings me to the present moment.
In 2014, I graduated cum laude from the University of Amsterdam with a MSc in Urban Studies. During this two-year programme I had the opportunity to explore and develop my passion for Urban Agriculture and to link it to Urban Planning. For my Master Thesis I compared self-organised and institutionally supported community gardens in New York and Amsterdam. By using the theoretical framework of resilience applied to socio-ecological systems, I analysed how these initiatives could be successfully implemented in the urban planning process.
In 2015, thanks to a FEGOO grant (European Fund for Geographic Research and Education), I conducted an European comparative research analysing how vacant urban spaces in Amsterdam and Berlin, which host self-organised community gardens, are spurring the appearance of sustainable food practices.
This project laid the ground for my come back to the Dep. of Urban Planning of the University of Amsterdam. After a six-month 'bridge project' for which I focused on the topic of food waste and food ritualisation at the household level, I'm currently starting my PhD, a research endeavour that will allow me to analyse the potential of data-driven learning and lifestyle adaptation feedback loops for reducing energy consumption in urban communities. Three exciting years are waiting ahead!