Marina Apgar is a human ecologist with 20 years experience working directly with marginalised communities in international development across the research-practice divide supporting locally defined development pathways. She has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Latin America, and collaborated with the Guna people of Panama during her doctoral research that focused on the social and cultural processes that support adaptive capacity for endogenous development of their biocultural territory.

Throughout her work, Marina uses a systems approach to participatory action research and is passionate about understanding and facilitating the creative space between research processes and development outcomes through engaging in complex adaptive systems to support emergence.

Recently, Marina was a Knowledge Sharing and Learning Scientist at WorldFish, leading work on participatory action research in design and implementation of agricultural research planning, monitoring and evaluation and learning systems. 

Her current reseach interests include resilence and climate change adaptation of indigenous peoples including forest communities and pastoralists, methodological development for putting complexity aware monitoring, evaluation and learning systems into practice and accompaniment of foundations and bilateral donors as they learn to improve their practice.

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