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Raquel Chun

Raquel Chun


Raquel hails from the beautiful, Central American country of Belize. She completed her undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management at the University of Belize followed by a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Health and Population Management at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has worked as a Development Manager at the Ya’axché Conservation Trust in the southern Belize’s Toledo District. Additionally, she has served as a Research Assistant and Consultant at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in Belmopan City and the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management in Toledo. Raquel’s project will focus on how climate variability and extremes impact the agricultural productivity and decision-making of Maya subsistence farmers in Belize. This project is very special for her due to her heritage as an indigenous Maya and the recognition of the importance of building the resilience of smallholder farmers to the threat of climate change.


Department of Earth Sciences

PhD Project

Maya subsistence farmer decision-making under climatic uncertainty in Central America



Supervisory Team

Dr James Baldini (Department of Earth Sciences)

Prof Paul Sillitoe (Department of Anthropology)

Dr Lisa Baldini (Department of Geography)

Dr. Pio Saqui (University of Belize)

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The Durham Global Challenges CDT Trip 2019

On 1st July 2019 the Durham Global Challenges-CDT organised a trip to the Angel of the North, Bamburgh, Seahouses and the Farne Islands. The trip offered a unique cultural learning experience of English heritage in North East England and provided an opportunity to network and socialise with the cohort.

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