Paulina Terrazas


Applied research specialist with over 12 years of experience in evidence for policy and strategic decisions. At TIPC she is currently working on the Second-order learning from the COVID-19 pandemic project to assess changes in beliefs, assumptions and behaviours that are relevant for transformation and on Motion to link transformative outcomes with the theory of change. She is currently enrolled in the Local Development and International Cooperation Doctoral Programme at Ingenio-CSIC-UPV in Valencia, Spain, where she is working on the contributions derived from deep learning and formative evaluation towards innovation and sustainability transitions. Previously, she coordinated the public sector work towards the 2030 Agenda implementation in Mexico and headed the Specialized Technical Committee for Sustainable Development Goals. As a result from that work, the first national multisector strategy towards sustainability was elaborated. Paulina has a political science and international relations undergraduate degree from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), and an MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the UK. She has worked in the academic, social, international and private sectors in different responsibilities to promote the use of evidence in high level decisions. With a permanent interest in social development and its drivers, she has worked in depth for the education and health sectors. She is interested in understanding how complex social, environmental and economic elements interact, and how innovation may pave the way towards sustainability.
Role in TIPC: TIPC Researcher - MOTION Experiment, SOL Research Project

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