Former Chair of the Board
Lourdes Arizpe was Chair of the UNRISD Board from 2005 to 2011. Ms. Arizpe, a Mexican national, is currently Professor of Anthropology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cuernavaca. She earned an M.A. in Anthropology, followed by a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Ms. Arizpe has held several notable international positions.
At the time of her involvement in the Board, she serves as Vice-President of the International Social Science Council (ISSC). She was Assistant Director-General for Culture at UNESCO, Paris, and President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. She was also Vice-President of the Society for International Development (SID), and was a member of the Steering Committee of Development Alternatives for Women in a New Era (DAWN). She has been a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, a member of the World Commission on Culture and Development, and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the World Culture Report. As a research scholar and lecturer, she received Fulbright-Hayes and John D. Guggenheim grants, and has received several awards for her scientific work.
Ms. Arizpe has published numerous articles and chapters of books. Her recent works include "Culture and globalization" in UNDP Working Papers of the Human Development Report, 1999; The Cultural Dimensions of Global Change: An Anthropological Approach, UNESCO, Paris, 1996; and "Re-thinking the population-environment debate" in Population and Environment: Rethinking the Debate, Arizpe, Stone and Major (co-editors), 1994.