Professor Úrsula Oswald Spring is a full time researcher at the National University of Mexico-Regional Multidisciplinary Research Centre (CRIM-UNAM). She has studied medicine, psychology, philosophy, modern languages, anthropology and ecology in Madagascar, Paris, Zurich and México and has a PhD form the University of Zurich. She is the first MRF-Chair on Social Vulnerability at United National University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and a lead author of the IPCC. She was elected in 1998 President and in 2016 Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association. Between 2002-2006, she was General Secretary of Latin-American Council for Peace Research (CLAIP), where she is now Honorary President. From 1992 to 1994 she was also the first General Attorney (an ombudswomen for environment) and from 1994 to 1998 the Minister of Environmental Development in Morelos. She has written 56 books and more than 392 scientific articles and book chapters.