The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Learning Lima welcomes young Peruvian professionals to cLIMA sin Riesgo

24 April 2015

Barrios Altos, Lima

The action learning platform Learning Lima welcomes twelve interns and two advisors from Lima to join the project cLIMA sin Riesgo. Led by Adriana Allen and Rita Lambert, the interns will join fifty students from the DPU MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development on the quest to understand the environmental risks experienced by ordinary women and men in areas in Metropolitan Lima: Barrios Altos, Jose Carlos Mariátegui, El Agustino, Costa Verde, Pachacamac and Chuquitanta.

By engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and local communities, the six groups will examine the relationship between risk, environmental justice and urban development to develop a diagnosis of each area, explore future scenarios and develop intervention strategies aimed to bring about socio-environmental transformative change. The cLIMA sin Riesgo website will be live soon - stay tuned!

Below we introduce the fourteen interns, selected among many high quality applications submitted to partake in this new initiative. Welcome to all!

Barrios Altos

Franco Evans Morales

Franco has recently finished his studies in Sociology at the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM). He is currently an intern at the observatory How Are We Doing Lima ('Lima Cómo Vamos'). He has been interested in urban studies for some years, particularly on the role of public spaces in urban development and on how the real estate sector is shaping Peruvian cities.

Luisfernan Vargas Tellez

Most of Luisfernan’s research experience as an Anthropologist has been based in Lima, where he has participated in a number of projects that focused on youth local leadership, value generation through second hand trading in Lima’s markets, and family economics - life stories in Huaycan, La Victoria and Independencia. He is passionate about understanding how informal networks of recyclers work and their impact on the city.

Costa Verde

Milagros Ortiz Rosas

Milagros is an economist graduated from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Ruiz Gallo and has a special interest in urban development. She is active as a volunteer in Foro Ciudades Para La Vida, where she is helping to develop strategies and processes of adaptation to climate change in metropolitan Lima. She has also been a research assistant in the project Chance2Sustain.

Adriana Gonzales Del Carpio

Adriana is sociologist currently studying a Masters in Social Policy with specialization in Project Management. She has been engaged in a number of research projects focused on articulating a social perspective on processes of urban economic development. She has volunteered at the Peru Scout Association as a Community Coordinator.

José Carlos Mariátegui (San Juan de Lurigancho)

Fabiola Espinoza Vergara

Fabiola holds a degree in Sociology from UNMSM where she worked as a research assistant in themes of urban sprawl especially in peri-urban agricultural zones like Carabayllo; and socio-environmental conflicts in rural

Apurímac. She has published on mining conflicts and territorial transformations and is currently a research assistant at CENCA where she has recently coordinated a household survey on political participation in Jose Carlos Mariátegui.

Nilton Delgado Rivera

Nilton is an Architecture student from the University Ricardo Palma where he has participated in a wide range of urban studies with main focus on markets and their role as a place of cultural encounters. He is part of the collective ‘Trazo Verde’ where he is in charge of community communications; the collective has been experimenting with sustainable water systems such as cloud catchers among others and worked with participatory processes in Villa Maria del Triunfo and Villa el Salvador.

El Agustino

Rosario More

Rosario has been a member of the environmental collective 'Trazo Verde' with which she elaborated projects for DESCO in the south of Lima; and has collaborated with the NGO Education Services El Agustino (SEA) in east Lima. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Universidad Ricardo Palma and has worked as a volunteer with state projects from INDECI and Ate Municipality.

Mariella Siña Vicente

Mariella holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry and is currently a research fellow in the Kuskaya programme on innovations in public health at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Her work looks into the cost-benefit analysis of health and environmental impacts from a climate change mitigation and adaptation perspective. Through previous research projects she has worked on the development of an ecotoxicological method for the assessment of polluted soils. She also collaborated in research on exposure to heavy metals of indigenous populations in the Peruvian Amazon

Chuquitanta (San Martín de Porres)

José Cáceres Martínez

José is an inquisitive and dedicated person. He holds a degree in Geography and Environment from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. In recent years, he has conducted several household surveys and cadastral evaluations, acted as a census supervisor and worked as a specialist in geo-referenced analysis for disaster risk management, contributing to creating resilient communities in projects financed by USAID-OFDA. He has participated in various studies on risk and climate change adaptation in urban areas

Eduardo Pelaéz Cruz del Castillo

Eduardo aims to contribute to improve to the quality of urban social and environmental processes. He has six years of experience working as an architect and lecturer at two local universities in Lima. He recently founded an NGO, with which he aims to bring architectural attention to marginal areas. He has experience in participatory processes and is passionate about exploring the social side of urbanism


Arturo Salazar Toledo

Arturo is a passionate researcher, now the coordinator of the program Desert Gardens (Jardines del Desierto). He holds a degree in Geography and Environment from PUCP and has experience working in interdisciplinary teams. Arturo is currently engaged in the project “Climate Change and Risk Management” as a research assistant at PUCP. Previoulsy, he worked as an intern with one of Peru’s leading environmental consultancies, Libelula, where he gained experience in corporate social responsibility, communication and climate change

José Uyehara Terruya

José studies anthropology at the UNMSM. He currently works as a teaching assistant in a course in General Anthropology and is working on his thesis on social and solidarity economies in Pachacamac and the Lurín Valley. He has worked as a teaching assistant in a course in Ecological Anthropology and is a member of the Centre for Social Extension Services at the Faculty of Social Sciences. He has written a number of reports about events like the COP20 held in Lima


Julia Yeni Fernández Vilca

Julia is an Architect specialized in land and housing tenure regularisation, with 15 years experience in the public sector and working in interdisciplinary teams. She has spoken at several national and international conferences on urban dwellers rights, informal settlements and spatial justice in Latin American cities. She is currently responsible for the Sub-directorate of Special Processes of Formalization at the Organisation for Formalization of Informal Properties (COFOPRI)

Nora Beatriz Balvín Lazo

Nora holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from UNMSM and is currently a researcher at the National Institute for Mental Health Honorio Delgado Hideyo. She has previously worked as a researcher with the Municipal Program to Recover the Historic Centre of Lima (PROLIMA) and the Lima Municipal Housing Company (Emilima S.A.). These experiences allowed her to gain valuable insights into the history of buildings and public spaces as well as the problems experienced by the occupants of the Historic Centre