Dr. Houria Djoudi is Senior Scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia, since 2011. Houria has PhD in Agriculture (University of Giessen, Germany), with specialization in Pastoralism and rangeland management. Houria’s work focus in socio-ecological systems analysis particularly linking environmental and institutional changes and policy processes, including multi-scale dynamics. Houria has 20 years of work experience in understanding human and ecosystem interaction in different socio-ecological systems in North and West Africa and Central Asia. In her position as a senior scientist at CIFOR Houria’ s work focusses on climate change adaptation, vulnerability analysis food security particularly applied to the context of drylands. She spent several years of her work at CIFOR based in Mali and Burkina Faso where she conducted several research projects related to Ecosystem based Adaptation, as well as the environmental impacts and linkages between migration, adaptation and ecosystems. She has sound competencies in quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as participatory approaches, particularly applied to questions of linkages and feedbacks in socio-ecological systems. Houria’s work has a strong focus on the gendered dimensions of natural resources management and the questions of equity access and rights. Before, working with CIFOR Houria worked in several development projects with the German cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ) in Algeria and in Morocco. Her work in those projects was focused on the sustainability of natural resource management particularly forest and rangelands as well as the improvement of livelihoods of small holders (including pastoralists) in marginalized and mountainous areas in Algeria and Morocco.