Lakshmi has a B.Sc. in biology (UNAM) and two M.Sc. in environmental planning and management (UAX; IHE-Delft). For the past nine years she has been involved in educational and capacity building projects related to wetland management, water governance, and sustainability science, and is currently working at the National Laboratory for Sustainability Sciences (LANCIS-UNAM) in research projects related to governance and transformation towards sustainability in Mexico. She is part of the Transformative pathways to sustainability: learning across disciplines, contexts and cultures (PATHWAYS Network), where she co-coordinates the North America Hub (one of the six hubs that conform the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium). She is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Program in Sustainability Sciences, UNAM and her research title is: “Promoting transformative pathways to sustainability through collective agency: The Transformation-Lab in the Xochimilco social-ecological system”.