Chiara Bragagnolo is an environmental scientist with main areas of expertise on: environmental assessment and planning, GIS and governance of Protected Areas (PA). Her main research interest is the analysis and assessment of the interactions between human and natural systems with the purpose to support decision-making and governance. She obtained her PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Trento (Italy) and her masters' degrees in Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Urban Planning, respectively from the Universities of Venice and Ferrara (Italy). In 2011, she spent a post-doctoral research period at the University of the Azores (Portugal), working on the project Smartparks - Planning and Management System for Small Islands Protected Areas, funded by the FCT. Since this experience her research started to focus mostly on: conservation planning, governance of PA and natural resources management. She is currently working at the University of Alagoas (Brazil), obtaining a post-doctoral fellowship from the CNPq. Her main research project concerns the assessment of attitudes, values and knowledge of local communities in two National Parks of Caatinga biome, a unique semi-arid region. Her present research challenge is to improve the application of social science techniques to the conservation and the governance of PA. Her working experience mostly regarded environmental assessment consultancy and landscape planning. She also collaborated to the evaluation of several Regional Operational Programmes supported by European Structural Funds (European Cohesion Policy). Her teaching experience mainly relied on the application of GIS-based techniques for supporting environmental decisions. She had several experiences in foreign countries, with a longer staying for example in Mexico City, where she worked in an UNESCO World Heritage site characterised by complex socioeconomic issues and environmental problems.