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Isabeau Ottolini

PhD Candidate - PyroLife project, UOC - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Isabeau Ottolini is an Early Stage Researcher in the PyroLife Innovative Training Network and PhD Candidate at the UOC. Specifically, her research is on Community-Based Communication within the context of extreme wildfires.

Isabeau’s research background bridges the natural and social sciences. For her Environmental Sciences BSc (UNED), she worked with local school children on forest fire prevention through environmental education. During her Social Sciences MSc (WUR), Isabeau researched conflicts over wolves (from a communication perspective), rural depopulation (with the Action-Research Group, Recartografías), and water conflicts (through a Political Ecology lens). Together with the NGOs Euromontana and Entretantos, she also worked on sustainable mountain pastoralism (LIFE Oreka Mendian) and climate change mitigation & adaptation (LIFE LiveAdapt).

Within the diversity of the above topics are transversal elements: communication and education as tools for societal change, conflictive human-nature interactions, a special focus on rural communities, and fire as an ever-present theme. All together these elements form important pillars that are deeply embedded within her PhD thesis project.


  • 2020–present
    PhD Candidate - PyroLife ITN project, UOC - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya


  • 2018 
    Wageningen University, MSc Social Sciences
  • 2016 
    UNED, BSc Environmental Sciences


  • 2020
    Living with Conflicts over Wolves. The Case of Redes Natural Park, Society & Natural Resources