Cilene Victor

Cilene Victor is a Professor in the Social Communication Program at the Universidade Metodista (UMESP), São Paulo, Brazil, where she is one of the leaders of the research workgroup Humanitarian Journalism and Media Interventions, and Professor at Paulus Communication and Technology College – FAPCOM. She has been doing research and has developed projects focused on the role of communication in the context of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

Previously, she worked as UNESCO consultant supporting the Brazilian Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Science in a project aiming at developing alert systems. The results of this work were presented at the 3rd UN Conference for DRR in Sendai, Japan.

As a journalist, Cilene Victor has been prioritizing and adopting narratives that associate environmental problems to the humanitarian crisis with focus on forced displacement by disasters. Since 1992, she has been covering UN conferences on environment, climate change and humanitarian crises.

She gives lectures and workshops for several institutions on a voluntary basis, in relation to communication and peace culture, risk communication, sustainability, information and climate change. Her work as a volunteer aims to keep organisations informed and to enable communities to follow important protocols and global agendas, such as the Sendai Framework, 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the Paris Agreement, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Cilene Victor is a postdoctoral researcher at the Territorial Management and Planning Graduate Program of the Federal University of ABC–UFABC, where her work is focused on Environmental and Urban Risk Management. She is a doctor in Public Health of the University of São Paulo (2001) and she holds a Master’s degree in Science and Technology Communication (1995).