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Dr Isabel Sebastian

Dr Isabel Sebastian

Marie Curie Research Fellow

Email
sebastiani@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29208 70281
Campuses
1.14, 43-45 Plas y Parc, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3BB

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I am a social science researcher and currently a Marie Curie Research Fellow undertaking a three-year project (part-time) at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University. The project is titled: Pathways towards a 'restorative' Anthropocene: a comparative study of three marginalised or contested land practices, their narratives and regenerative potential across local-global dimensions. This social science study investigates three different land practices in culturally and geographically distinctive settings, including a) rewilding initiatives in Wales (UK), b) cultural burning practiced by Indigenous Australians and c) closing the mountain [Reedum] a social practice used in the Himalayan mountains of Bhutan.

I completed a PhD in Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney in March 2018, prior to which I had a 20-year professional career and experience in nature-based tourism, visitor management in protected areas and sustainable development. I lived and worked in Australia, Luxembourg, Germany, India, Tajikistan and Bhutan, working in operational, management, planning, research, teaching and consulting roles. Across these countries I worked in tourism and hospitality, industry associations, NGOs, academia and as a co-founder and director of a sustainable tourism consultancy in Australia.

For a period of nine years (from 2006 - 2015) I lived and worked in Bhutan, where I also undertook part of my PhD research in 2014/15 exploring Bhutan's development philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) and its impact on local business sustainability.

I also hold a Bachelor of Business, a Post-graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies, a Certificate in Workplace Training & Assessment and an Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching.