Anna studied Environmental Biology with focus on terrestrial ecology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and is currently finalizing her master in Organic Agricultural Systems and Agroecology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna (BOKU).

Since she started studying at BOKU, she is involved in the working group, Trandsdisciplinary Systems research, in a wide variety of tasks, ranging from being student assistant to the operational organization of the Tropentag Conference in 2016.

She currently in charge of the technical coordination of two different projects dealing with sustainable transitions and learning processes: ISAM Project “Innovating Sustainable Agriculture in Mozambique – Learning and Teaching Tools” and “Case Study Competition – Scenarios of transition”.

Research focus:

Anna is passionate about biodiversity and cultures. This brought her to focus her research in the interrelations between social and ecological systems, in understanding the links between humans and nature from an interdisciplinary perspective. In her master thesis she builds on socio-ecological resilience theory to study the changes brought about by Community Seed Banks in the indigenous communities of the highlands of Guatemala.

She is very interested in all kinds of community-based bottom-up initiatives and approaches that contribute to halt (or reverse) the biocultural diversity loss happening worldwide. In Bhutan she participated from a research project assessing the effects of different community-based initiatives as successful climate change adaptation actions.

In the future she would like to further examine how to best protect biocultural heritage and explore the potentials of indigenous peoples to use their own stories, experiences, ideas and practices as ways to cope with the effects of global change. 


Adress: Gregor-Mendelstraße 33, 1180 Wien

Office: Gregor-Mendel-Haus 3. Stock, Zugang zum Institut neben dem HS XII

Email:  anna.porcuna[at]