Claudia Comberti

Joint statement from Sir Ivor Roberts, President of Trinity College, and Professor Heather Viles, Head of the School of Geography and Environment. 

Claudia Comberti’s tragic death in a road accident has come as a great shock to everyone at Trinity  College and at the School of Geography and the Environment. Claudia had been at the School since 2011 and was completing a DPhil degree on the relationship between indigenous peoples and their environment. She thought and cared passionately about these relationships, which she felt were often misrepresented or ignored. During her doctoral studies she lived and worked extensively in the Bolivian Amazon amongst the Tacana II peoples, and she leaves many friends and memories there.

Claudia was at the start of what promised to be a highly successful career as an environmental social scientist. She had already published important papers that significantly influenced high level debates within the UN climate change and biodiversity conventions. She was also a popular member of our academic and college communities and will be greatly missed by everyone here. Our thoughts are with Claudia’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.

The Claudia Comberti Fund and Scholarship

As a testament to Claudia's life-force and passion, her family has requested that a travel bursary be set up in her name, so that students at the Environmental Change Institute, where Claudia studied and based her research, can be supported in their field research around the world. The School has set up a special fund in Claudia's name and is now collecting donations in her memory.

In addition, the ECI is naming its 2017-18 MSc Scholarship in her honour. The Claudia Comberti Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming 2017 MSc student of Environmental Change and Management.