Sarobidy Rakotonarivo is an environmental socio-economist with an interdisciplinary background in natural resource management. Her PhD thesis at the university of Bangor and Copenhagen examined the true local welfare costs of conservation restrictions in Madagascar. She experimented with innovative multi-disciplinary methods (stated choice experiments combined with qualitative debriefing approaches) to investigate the trade-offs that poor rural farmers would make between compensation schemes and forest conservation.
Her current postdoctoral research at the university of Stirling focuses on conflicts between food security and biodiversity conservation. Her research aims to understand the factors that influence whether or not conflicting stakeholders are willing to cooperate. One of her core interests lies in developing new understanding of stakeholders’ decision-making from behavioural games and deliberative approaches. She is also interested in examining the influence of uncertainties at various levels of the natural system and decision-making processes on the development and resolution of these conflicts.