Prof. Dr. Jan Börner
Project coordinator
Jan Börner is an agricultural and environmental economist with research and working experience in Latin America, Africa, and Europe. His research focusses on (1) land use and land use change, (2) economic evaluation of environmental and conservation policies, and (3) sustainability assessment in the bioeconomy.
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Prof. Dr. Stephanie Bröring
Senior Researcher
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Prof. Dr. Thomas Dietz
Senior Researcher
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Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger
Senior Researcher
Lisa Biber-Freudenberger is evaluating the benefits and risks of bio-economic strategies and innovations for the achievement of the UN Sustainability Goals (SDGs) based on different indicators. She is interested in cross-cutting issues between human development and biodiversity including topics such as conservation, climate change, infrastructure development and agriculture.
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Dr. Neus Escobar
Senior Researcher
Neus Escobar has her expertise in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Costing and Social LCA for the sustainability evaluation of agriculture-based systems. She has hands on experience in economic modeling (i.e. GTAP) for Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) quantification. She is currently focused on developing approaches for Consequential LCA, with the interest of studying emerging supply chains in the Bioeconomy, by considering innovation transfers, international biomass trade and sociopolitical contexts.
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Jan Janosch Förster
Senior Researcher
Janosch Förster is investigating the question of how to govern socio-economic processes related to the bioeconomy towards greater sustainability. He applies a multi-level governance perspective with a notion of social theory and life cycle thinking to case-based studies relating to bioplastics and biopharmaceuticals. His other research interests and academic expertise lie in the fields of natural resource governance, especially water governance in South Africa.
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Dr. Nicolas Gerber
Senior Researcher
Nicolas Gerber is an environmental and resource economist with work experience in Africa and Asia. He has contributed to and led projects in the fields of food and nutrition security, sustainable agricultural intensification, or the water-sanitation-agriculture-health nexus. He is particularly interested in assessing and modeling household and individual behavior with respect to biomass use or the adoption of innovations and their impacts on production, nutrition and health.
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Dr. Angela Gubelt
Senior Researcher
Angela Gubelt is working on the identification and characterization of high potential future technologies for the bioeconomy based on the development of specific indicators for key enabling technologies (KETs), inspired by the European Commission’s initiative of defining KETs for the European economy. Her research mainly relies on a multistage survey of expert interviews and literature research.
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Dr. Kirsten Selbmann-Lobbedey
Senior Researcher
Kirsten Selbmann-Lobbedey is comparing national of national bioeconomic policies (including regional and local levels) in the selected project countries Argentina and Uruguay also with regard to the active promotion of bioeconomic transformations. The focus is on governance in the agricultural sector, and in particular on the impact of pesticides in soya production as a result of the expansion of agricultural land in the countries.
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Dr. Till Stellmacher
Senior Researcher
Till Stellmacher’s main field of expertise is governance, agrarian transformation, and environmental change in rural sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He holds a PhD in agricultural sciences and has several years of work experience in development research in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Tanzania and Burkina Faso. He is currently focusing on questions related to the local governance of socio-ecological systems towards a sustainable bioeconomy.
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Salwa Haddad
Junior Researcher
Salwa Haddad is interested in modelling the bioeconomy using a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) economic model (i.e. GTAP model). She is currently focused on assessing the impact of a rapid expansion of bio-based materials (i.e. bioplastics) on land use, land use change and related GHG emissions at a global level.
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James Henderson
Junior Researcher
James Henderson’s research is based on a better understanding of South American soybean production to consumption systems, and their role in the global bio-economy. His professional background spans several aspects of agricultural supply chains, having worked as a researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture, as an agricultural extensionist with the United States Peace Corps, with global trade issues at the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), as well as certification and sustainability issues for 4C/Global Coffee Platform (GCP).
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Gabriel Ponzoni Frey
Junior Researcher
Gabriel Ponzoni Frey is modeling the bioeconomy-driven soy expansion in the Brazilian Amazon looking at biophysical and economic drivers. He is interested in the bioeconomy commodity markets and their local and global implications for forest ecosystem services, especially biodiversity.
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Amit Kumar Basukala
Research Assistant
Amit is working as research assistant in the field of GIS and data management in this project. He is involved in development and maintenance of the project data base in collaboration with Center for Development Research (ZEF)’s data management team and partners at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). His other research interests and academic expertise lie in GIS and remote sensing based management of water resource, agriculture, food security, climate change, socioecological systems, ecosystem services, biodiversity, & sustainability.
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Anja Köhler
Website / Public Relations
Anja Köhler is responsible for the STRIVE website and other public relation issues of the project. She is a geograher and is working with the administration of websites for many years.
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