Consultant with the MERCOSUR´s Human Rights Public Policy Institute
Juliana Carvalho Cortes Silva is a consultant with the MERCOSUR´s Human Rights Public Policy Institute (IPPDH-MERCOSUR) based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, working under the Research and Information Management Department. Her main activities involve applied research projects that encompass a rights-based approach to inform public policy processes and facilitate international cooperation initiatives, as well as collaboration with the Institute’s training programs and publication actions. She is currently responsible for the actualization and strengthening of the MERCOSUR’s Human Rights Institutionality Information System (SISUR), conducting surveys and interviews with key actors to gather information in a variety of subjects related to human rights, coordinating a group of volunteer researches that collaborate online and guiding the development of technical innovations to improve the functionalities and usability of the online platform. Also at the Institute, she collaborated with the International Humanitarian Cooperation Project, focusing on migrants, refugees, stateless persons and victims of human trafficking. Moreover, she is participating as an associated researcher in a project regarding metropolitan governance in Latin America and the Caribbean, financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, in collaboration with the main researcher from Granada University.
She holds an M.A. in Human Settlements and Environment, a B.A. in International Relations, and specializations in Strategic Project Management and Geographical Information Systems. Her research interests include the potential of information technologies as tools for both civic engagement and local resilience building, rights-based approaches to public policy and territorial planning, international cooperation and natural-hazards risk management, cross-border human mobility, and socio-spatial analysis.