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Ursula Oswald Spring

Professor and researcher at the Regional Centre of Multidisciplinary Research at the National University of Mexico

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Ursula Oswald Spring is a professor and researcher at the Regional Centre of Multidisciplinary Research at the National University of Mexico (CRIM-UNAM). She was the first General Attorney (Ombudswomen) for Environment in Latin America and the first Minister of Environmental Development in Mexico in the State of Morelos. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology with speciality in Environment (1978), a Master in Psychology (1972) and BE in Philosophy, Psychology and Anthropology (1969) from University of Zuerich, Switzerland. She is the first MunichRe Chair on Social Vulnerability (2005/2006) at the United National University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). She is chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of AFES-PRESS. She is founding member and was Secretary General of the Colegio de Tlaxcala, a PhD program on sustainable regional development.

As President of IPRA (1988-2000) and Secretary General of CLAIP (Latin American Peace Research, 2002-2006) she linked the concept of Human, Gender and Environmental Security (HUGE) with peace studies, non-violent conflict resolution and sustainable productive processes.

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