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Lucia Fernandez

Lucia Fernandez

  • Lucia Fernandez is an international specialist on informal recycling, Lucia has worked for more than ten years with waste pickers’ organizations in over 20 countries. Her committed work assisting small cooperatives and trade unions in her native Uruguay and supporting large-scale networking has led to the creation of the Latin-American Waste Pickers Movement and the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers. Lucia has applied her unique academic foundation, where urban planning and sustainable development come together to bring innovative solutions for sustainable and inclusive cities, to a research affiliation with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT between 2011 and 2013.

    She holds an MA in Architecture on spontaneous recycling dynamics in the cities of Montevideo and Paris during the 19th century from the Ecole d’Architecture de Grenoble. She also holds a MA in Ethics and Sustainable Development from the Faculté de Philosophie de Lyon, France, on the intersection of tradition and modernity around waste management. Lucia originally studied and taught architecture at the Uruguayan University, where she conducted interdisciplinary research for the inclusion of waste pickers into municipal waste management policies.

  • Desde 2008, Lucia Fernandez trabaja para una red internacional de investigación-acción en torno a problemáticas de economía informal (WIEGO) coordinando un programa de trabajo con recicladores de residuos en más de 10 países.

    Desarrolló una trayectoria internacional particular centrada en las problemáticas urbanas en torno a los residuos y el derecho a la ciudad. Tuvo una afiliación de investigación con el Departamento de Estudios Urbanos y Planificación del M.I.T donde colaboró en el armado del Laboratorio D -Lab Waste, dictando cursos sobre reciclaje informal y estrategias de basura cero. Realizó también conferencias para la Kennedy School y el Peabody Museum de la Universidad de Harvard. Mientras vivió en Francia, obtuvo una Maestría de investigación en Arquitectura, especializada en dinámicas de reciclaje espontáneo en la ciudad de Montevideo actual y París durante el siglo 19, realizada en la Escuela de Arquitectura de Grenoble (ENSAG). También tiene una Maestría en Ética y Desarrollo Sostenible por la Facultad de Filosofía de Lyon 3, acerca de la intersección entre tradición y modernidad en torno a la gestión de residuos.


May 7, 2016 from our The 2015 Global Dialogue on Waste, Video Panels Summary of our first all-women panel discussing issues related to gender & waste pickers. Moderator: Lucia Fernandez; Panelists: Sonia Dias, Ana Carolina, Vanessa Pillay of WIEGORead More

October 3, 2013 from our Articles, The 2013 Global Dialogue on Waste "When designing solutions for inteftrating informal waste recycling, we need an adequate understanding of how the overall system is currently working including both formal and informal elements". - Jane Olley This panel explored how solid waste management is different in the Global South, and in particular in Latin America and the Caribbean, and considers the benefits of integrating the informal sector into municipal waste management strategies.Read More

July 24, 2013 from our The 2013 Global Dialogue on Waste, Video Panels



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