Founder and Principal Consultant
Middle Path EcoSolutions
ASCENDx Summit 21 October: Harvesting Earth Satellite Data for Societal Benefit
Arika Virapongse, Ph.D. is a social ecologist whose research interests include social-ecological systems resilience, conservation and development, livelihood systems, and human dimensions of natural resource management. Overall, Arika seeks to produce useful frameworks and information for addressing critical local to global level environmental issues through integrated, systems-based social and environmental research. She believes that participatory approaches, knowledge sharing and co-development, and streamlining the information pathway are key to developing new approaches for improving human livelihoods and sustainable management of natural resources.
Current work: Arika’s most recent research has focused on development of social-ecological and resilience frameworks for management of natural resources and place-based community development, and scientific data to knowledge pathways for socioeconomic benefit. As a practitioner, Arika is the principal consultant and founder of Middle Path EcoSolutions, a firm that helps businesses and organizations align better to the needs of their community and clients. She is also the Community Director of the Ronin Institute, where she has been leading the development of the Institute’s governance structure and the building of its community. In addition, Arika leads the Community Resilience cluster of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP).
Training: Arika earned her doctoral degree in interdisciplinary ecology in 2013 from the University of Florida. She completed a master’s of science degree in pharmaceutical botany at Khon Kaen University in Thailand and bachelor’s of science degrees in zoology and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Florida. Arika holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and has completed training in Sustainable Community Development – Political empowerment (Village Earth), Authentic Leadership (Naropa U), Tropical Conservation and Development (U of Florida), Science Communication (Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop), Facilitation skills (U of Florida), and User Experience (UX) research (U of Michigan).
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