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Esther do Lago e Pretti

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Grad Research Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1811
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Educational Policy and Evaluation
MaryLouFulton Teachers College


Esther Pretti is researching how the re-shaping of human to more-than-human worlds can affect our future in a climate crisis scenario.

Esther is studying how urban natural areas, such as gardens (community, private, school) have become key elements in nature conservation discourse, research, and human sustainability solutions.  By focusing on postmodernism and ecofeminist literature, Esther is looking at how gardens came to be, at the same time, a way to remediate environmental problems and a border that allows humans to resignify their relationship with nature and more-than-human worlds.


Esther Pretti is a Biologist and an Educational Researcher. She has worked for several environmental agencies in Brazil, developing and implementing environmental education programs. She received a Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft fellowship to complete her Master’s degree in Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation at the University of Greifswald, Germany. She worked many years after that in environmental management and policy. Sheis now a Phd Student at ASU and has received the Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship award by the Graduate College to study Education Policy and Evaluation.

Research Interests

Postmodernist, Decolonial, Ecofeminist approaches to studying Gardens as a place of entanglement, interaction, and learning.



Fischman, G.E., Salles, S.R., Pretti, E.L. (2018) Beyond simplistic metrics in educational research: the continuous relevance of Freire's impact. Eccos revista científica 47: 11-20. DOI: (Link)