Raïsa Mirza

MA Candidate, Department of Geography, Memorial University

Raïsa Mirza is a graduate student in the Department of Geography at Memorial University. In 2012, she spent 6 months undergoing an internship with Conservation International-Philippines in the Socioeconomic and Policy Unit, working with conservation practitioners on incorporating socioeconomic monitoring indicators in long-term conservation monitoring strategies. She is currently working on her MA thesis which is looking at how networks in the Verde Island Passage, Philippines are contributing to conservation and development outcomes in the region. She has previous work experience in Bangladesh, India and Rwanda where she worked with local communities to enhance existing food security programs’ resilience due to climate change. Her other research interests include community/youth engagement, innovation diffusion, social network theory, community economic development, service learning for development and coastal community development. Raïsa is an avid nature photographer and SCUBA diver.