Curriculum vitae Ricardo Roura

Personal details
- Full name: Ricardo Mariano Roura
- Place and date of birth: Buenos Aires, 20 January 1961
- Place of residence: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Nationalities: Italian and Argentine
- Languages: English and Spanish – academic level; Dutch, French, Italian, Pijin (Solomon Islands Pidgin English) and Portuguese – various levels, from competent to basic user.

Current roles and membership

- Associate researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Groningen;
- Senior Advisor for the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC); ASOC representative to the (Antarctic) Committee for Environmental Protection;
- European Advisor for the Antarctic Oceans Alliance;
- Member of the International Association for Impact Assessment.


- 2011: Awarded Doctorate in Arts, University of Groningen, for thesis on tourist behaviour and impacts at cultural heritage sites in Antarctica and Svalbard (Spitsbergen).
- 2001: Degree of Master of Philosophy, with distinction, in Development Studies, Massey University (Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa), New Zealand, with thesis on culture, environment and development in Malaita Island, Solomon Islands.
- 1989: Degree of Licenciado en Ciencias Geológicas, Universidad de Buenos Aires, with thesis on the formation and evolution of gravel beaches in Patagonia, Argentina.


- 2011 – present: European Advisor, Antarctic Oceans Alliance.
- 1997 – present: Various roles with the international environmental organization Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition including European Campaign Coordinator (1999-2002); Tourism and Protocol Campaign Coordinator (2003-2008); Senior Adviser (2008-ongoing); CEP representative (2000-ongoing); Head of Delegation to the XXXIV Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (2011).
- 2005 – 2011: PhD candidate, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
- 2007: Field tutor with the Postgraduate Certificate of Antarctic Studies, Gateway Antarctica (University of Canterbury, New Zealand).
- 1997 – 2001: Part time master student with the Institute of Development Studies, Massey University, New Zealand; Associate Researcher with the Institute of Environment and Ecology, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- 1995 – 2002: Independent consultant specialised in environment and development, based in Auckland, New Zealand. Carried out assignments for international and national NGOs and the private sector in New Zealand and other locations in the South Pacific.
- 1994: Based in the Solomon Islands, worked for international youth and development NGO.
- 1989 – 1994: Various roles with Greenpeace International’s Antarctic campaign (full time until 1994, subsequently part time): scientist, environmental manager, and campaigner. Spent twelve months (1990-1911) at the organisation’s Antarctic base (“World Park Base”) in Ross Island, and subsequently led the environmental aspects of its removal and monitoring of environmental impacts. Led or co-led dozens of environmental inspections to Antarctic sites and facilities.
- 1980 – 1989: University studies and research field assistant at the Department of Geology, University of Buenos Aires; military service (1980-1981); cruising on sailing vessel (1986-1987).

Research and consultancy

- Dr. Roura’s research focuses on understanding human-environment interactions in relation to contemporary developments in the Polar Regions from a range of pure and applied research perspectives, more recently using the theory and methods of behavioral archaeology.
- Research has been based on fieldwork at sites of past and contemporary activities in the Polar Regions, including the Antarctic Peninsula and adjacent island groups, the Ross Sea region of Antarctica; Svalbard (Spitsbergen); as well as opportunistic research in Point Barrow, Alaska.
- Dr. Roura has also carried out fieldwork for research or consultancy in, inter alia, Argentina (1980s); the Solomon Islands (1994, 2000); Fiji (1996); and New Zealand (1990s). As an independent environmental consultant he has conducted numerous missions through Europe and the Americas and in various fora of the Antarctic Treaty System.
- His current research interest concerns current developments in the Polar Regions, their effects on polar societies, landscapes and environments, site formation processes, and the uses of archaeological theory and methods to modern and contemporary cultural systems. Dr. Roura has particular interest in the intersection of behavioural archaeology and environmental science.

International research cooperation, awards, and peer review

- Research cooperation has resulted in publications (see list) with colleagues from, inter alia, the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), the University of Groningen, the University of Tilburg, the Universidad del Salvador (Argentina), the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Greenpeace International, ASOC, the Argentine Antarctic Institute, and the United Nations Environment Programme.
- Member of the international research team for the proposal “Assessment of tourism impacts in terrestrial ecosystems on visited sites at Maritime Antarctica” of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2011); participated as invited expert (interviews, stakeholder workshops) in Antarctic tourism research of, inter alia, the University of Wageningen (2011), the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) (2010), and the University of Maastricht (2005, 2006); and participant in the Committee of Environmental Protection Antarctic Tourism Study (2009-ongoing).
- Ubbo Emmius Scholarship, University of Groningen (2005-2009). Travel grant, Norwegian Research Council (2010).
- Acted as referee for peer-reviewed journals including Arctic and Antarctic: International Journal of Circumpolar Socio-cultural Issues (2011), Polar Research (2010), Global Environmental Change (2010), International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (2009), International Journal of Maritime History (2008), and Polar Record (2008).

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