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Ikerne Aguirre-Bielschowsky

Ikerne Aguirre-Bielschowsky

PhD Candidate

Ikerne Aguirre-Bielschowsky [link to CV PDF] has a background in Oceanography (BSc, Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico) and Human Geography (MA, University of Otago, New Zealand). Her motivation to help create a more sustainable society has shifted her work from sciences (marine geology and biology) towards environmental conservation, finally focusing on children?s environmental consciousness and practices.

Her PhD research seeks to identify and understand the different factors influencing children?s energy (electricity) usage in New Zealand households, and to assess the potential that children have to encourage their families to adopt energy-efficient practices. Ikerne explores children?s energy literacy, their energy behaviour, and the family context, as well as the influence of children on family energy use. She is also interested in interdisciplinary research involving children and sustainability, in particular the processes that allow children to develop environmental consciousness and practices, such as the role of children as citizens, striving to move society towards sustainability; cultural differences in children?s environmental learning; and environmental education.


Aguirre-Bielschowsky, I., Freeman, C., Vass, E. 2012. Influences on children?s environmental cognition: a comparative analysis of New Zealand and Mexico. Environmental Education Research, 18(1): 91-115.

Aguirre-Bielschowsky I., J. Ledesma-Vázquez, W. Daesslé-Heuser and G. Rendón-Márquez. 2007. Insights into the formation of San Clemente Basin, off Baja California, Mexico: Lithological observations and geochemistry of marine minerals. Journal of Marine Georesources and Geotechnology, 25(2): 119-128.

Aguirre Muñoz, A., E. Ezcurra, E. Enkerlin Höflich, J. Soberón Mainero, L. M. Salas Flores, K. Santos del Prado Gasca, E. Peters, L. Luna Mendoza, B. Tershy, B. Keitt, C. García Gutiérrez, I. Aguirre Bielschowsky. 2005. La construcción social de la conservación y el desarrollo sustentable de la isla Guadalupe (The social construction of conservation and sustainable development in Guadalupe Island). In: E. Peters y K. Santos (Eds.). Conservación y Restauración de la Isla Guadalupe, México (Conservation and restoration of Guadalupe Island, Mexico). National Institute of Ecology. Mexico, D.F. 28 pp.



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