Margarita Cuadra

Margarita Cuadra


I am a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. My overall research interest is on sustainability in agriculture and natural resource management. I have a bachelor degree in agronomic engineering from Universidad Nacional Agraria in Managua, Nicaragua, a Master’s degree in Crop Production Science (SLU) and a PhD in Crop Production Ecology (SLU). I have been living in Sweden since 2009. At present, I am working part time as Head for the division of Rural Development at SLU.


I was lecturer at Universidad Nacional Agraria – UNA ( in Managua for 25 years, teaching on sustainable agriculture and agroecology. At SLU, I have been teaching an online course in agroecology and the course in sustainable natural resource management for the master program in rural development.


Internationalization of our research and education has been one of my main interests and area of my work at SLU. From 2011-2016, I was the coordinator of SOL Development Platform, an initiative from SOL to internationalise our research and education. I have been an exchange teacher within the Linnaeus Palme exchange program with UNA (Nicaragua) and MU (Mekelle University in Ethiopia). Since 2014, I work part time at SLU Global (, as a communication officer and representative for the SIANI network ( at SLU. 

Publikationer i urval

Eksvärd, K., Lönngren, G., Cuadra, M., Francis, C., Johansson, B., Namanjl, S., Rydberg, T., Ssekyewa, C., Gissén, C., Salomonsson, L.
2014. Agroecology in practice. Walking the talk. Reports. Department of Urban and Rural Development. No. 1/2014. ISSN: 1654-0565. ISBN: 978-91-85735-31-0

Cuadra, M. and Björklund, J. 2007. Assessment of economic and ecological carrying capacity of agricultural crops in Nicaragua. Ecological Indicators, 7 (2007) 133-149.

Cuadra, M. and Rydberg, T. 2006. Emergy evaluation on the production, processing and export of coffee in Nicaragua. Ecological Modelling, 196 (2006) 421-433.

Cuadra, M. 2005. Assessment of the natural resource base of Nicaragua and case studies of its use in agricultural production and export. Doctoral Thesis No. 2005: 25. Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Uppsala. 51 pp.

Cuadra, M. and Rydberg, T. 2000. Emergy evaluation of the environment and economy of Nicaragua. In (Ed.) Brown, M. T. Emergy Synthesis. Theory and Applications of the Emergy Methodology. Proceedings of the First Biennal Emergy Analysis Research Conference. The Center of Environmental Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville.


Conference contributions

Cuadra, M. 2015. Achieving Conservation Goals in Human-inhabited Protected Areas: The Case of Zapatera Archipelago National Park in Nicaragua. Invited Presentation by Margarita Cuadra of the project results at Agri4D conference in Uppsala, Sweden. 23-24 September 2015 ( 

Sriskandarajah, N., Pérez, E., Cuadra, M., Hansen, H.P., Arévalo, A. 2015. Achieving conservation goals in human inhabited protected areas. The case of Zapatera National Park in Nicaragua. Symposium presentation at UNA, Nicaragua by Nadarajah Sriskandarajah. 23 June 2015. 


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