Ricardo Fuentealba is a PhD Candidate at the Governance and Inclusive Development (GID) Programme Group of the AISSR. His PhD research is centred on understanding how post-disaster recovery and reconstruction processes are changing urban contexts in relation to future risks. He uses a governance and ethnographic perspective to understand how spatial initiatives for risk reduction and adaptation consider historical uneven processes, and in turn, how these initiatives influence urban development.
He holds a Master of Science in Human Geography: Society and Space, from the University of Bristol (UK), and a Bachelor in Sociology from the Universidad Central (Santiago, Chile). He has experience in the Chilean Public Sector and in Latin American NGOs, where he worked on issues related to regional and local development, urban-rural linkages, environmental movements, and indigenous development policy.