Prior to joining the University of Birmingham Carina Weingaertner has worked at the planning policy office at Coventry City Council, dealing with questions related to the sustainability implications of new planning policies and large urban developments. She has also worked with the waste management team at the same City Council, mostly working with waste minimization, re-use and recycle in ongoing management practices.
Carina has also studied and worked at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden from 2001-2008. There she was involved with research projects within the sustainable urban development field. Part of that research dealt with household waste management in low-income housing areas of developing nations (including South Africa). The later research (2003 onwards) focused on producing new knowledge about the process of change that can promote sustainable urban development, with case studies in Stockholm (Sweden), Curitiba (Brazil) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). Before that, Carina worked for 2 years at the Centre for Civil Engineering Studies at the Federal University of Parana, in Brazil doing research in the field of soil mechanics.