Sara Mengato is a junior researcher at the German Biomass Research Centre. She earned her M.Sc. in Sustainable Development at Leipzig and Utrecht University with a specialization in Earth System Governance. Her research focuses on circular economy transitions in urban and rural areas along with the socio-political processes accompanying these transitions. As a PRESILIENT PhD fellow she will study at DCU and focus on informality in Chile. Throughout the project, she expects to work closely with local stakeholders and deliver solutions that are both community-driven and gender- inclusive.