Miranda Chase holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Brasilia (Brazil), and a Masters in Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland (Australia). Working with several rural fishing communities in the Amazon basin gave her hands-on experience with participatory research and community engagement. As a volunteer, she coordinates a research database and a team of translators for Remineralize The Earth, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable agriculture worldwide. Miranda is passionate about the Amazon! Her research interests are focused on sustainable development, the water-food-energy nexus and environmental policy in that region. In previous work, Miranda has analyzed how certain kinds of fishery management influence economic development among poor communities in the lower basin. For the PhD studies, she is eager to expand beyond that and analyze how certain energy management policies (building dams) impact fishing communities. Miranda hopes that her research will find effective solutions to support energy management policies that improve the livelihoods of local communities.