Professor Ximena Rueda
Dr. Ximena Rueda is an Assistant Professor at the School of Management in Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. She is part of the Sustainable Development Management Group. She is a land-change scientist whose work seeks to understand the drivers of land use change and the consequences for local communities and the environment. She is currently leading the work on evaluating the impacts of private instruments for sustainability (i.e., certification, multi-stakeholders initiatives, appellations of origin, among others) on people and landscapes in developing countries. She has extensive experience in the coffee sector and is currently involved in projects analysing corporate sustainability initiatives for the cacao, flowers, and palm oil sectors in Ecuador and Colombia.
Dr. Rueda has a track record of publication in land-use change, globalization and tropical commodities in journals such as World Development, Environment and Society and Global Environmental Change, among others. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Universidad de los Andes, a Master in Planning with concentration in Environmental Policy from MIT, and a PhD in Geography form Clark University. She has combined her academic experience with a successful professional career in Rural and Agricultural Development, working for public agencies, such as the National Department of Planning and the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture, NGOs, such as the Colombia Coffee Growers Federation, and International Aid Programs. Prior to joining the faculty at Los Andes, she was working as a Research Associate at Stanford University, where she keeps an affiliation as Visiting Scholar in Center for Foods Security and the Environment.