Dr Maria Cifre Sabater successfully defended her doctoral thesis in Environmental Anthropology in December 2019. Her thesis, entitled CHANGING FORESTS IN A CHANGING MEDITERRANEAN ISLAND: FORESTS, FIRES AND HERITAGISATION OF THE LANDSCAPE IN SERRA DE TRAMUNTANA, MALLORCA, combined an analysis of ethnographic, historical and geographical data, to understand the social, historical and environmental dimensions of forest fires in Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca. Her research described the varying social perspectives about the factors that contribute to the incidence of large forest fires in Serra de Tramuntana, and showed how the presence of fire reflects the convergence of multiple social perspectives and actions associated with the use and management of the protected area.
Maria began this work as part of her MA in Environmental Anthropology at Kent in 2013, here dissertation was entitled BEAUTIFUL OLIVES ON THE GROUND Local perceptions of environment-human relations in Valldemossa, Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca. She then recieved a Kent 50th Anniversary PhD Scholarship Award to continue research for her doctorate.
MEDITERRANEAN INITIATIVES FOUNDATION AND PALMA XXI Primary researcher: ‘Commitment of the Historic Centre of Palma (Mallorca) to the tourist industry: current situation in times of quarantine due to the affection of Covid-19’ (ongoing)
MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND TERRITORY OF THE BALEARIC ISLANDS Environmental Educator in Serra de Tramuntana (ongoing)
CONSORTIUM SERRA DE TRAMUTANA WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Principle Investigator: ‘Analysis of the subsidies for the recovery,
rehabilitation and conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of Serra de
Tramuntana’ (2014 to 2019)
MEDITERRANEAN INITIATIVES FOUNDATION, PALMA XXI AND TRAMUNTANA XXI – MARCH TO OCTOBER 2018: Researcher in the project: ‘Tourist carrying capacity of the Historic Centre of Palma and Valldemossa’
SCHOOL OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND CONSERVATION – UNIVERSITY OF KENT (CANTERBURY) 2015-2019: Graduate Teaching Assistant
OTHER EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
UNIVERSIDAD PABLO DE OLAVIDE (SEVILLA) – NOVEMBER 2017
UNIVERISTY OF THE BALEARIC ISLANDS – MAR-SEP 2017