Caroline van Bers supports planning and implementing a range of research, networking and capacity development activities that promote Integrated Assessment at the science-policy-practice interface. She has been active in TIAS since 2004 and involved in environmental management with academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations for over twenty-five years, working predominantly on interdisciplinary, applied research initiatives, as well as the development and implementation of education and training programmes in sustainable development, food security, climate change adaptation, water management, and integrated assessment. Caroline volunteers her time for TIAS and is employed as a researcher with the Institute of Environmental Systems Research, Univ. of Osnabrück. She holds a Masters degree in Regional Planning and Resource Management from the University of Waterloo.
Special interest in food security: Building on her Masters thesis (Farming in 2031: A Scenario of Sustainable Agriculture in Canada) and previous work in food policy and fair trade, her efforts are now focused on applied research examining how food consumption patterns in the wealthier regions of the world can have a positive influence on sustainability.
- Climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction
- Adaptive water management
- Sustainable development
- Sustainable food systems and food security
- Stakeholder involvement and participatory processes, scenario development and analysis, indicators, and environmental & social impact assessment
- Transdisciplinary applied research
- Capacity development and training
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