Dr Susanne Boerner PhD

Dr Susanne Boerner

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Marie Curie Global Fellow

Dr Susanne Börner is a senior researcher in the field of resource (in)security, youth agency, vulnerability and environmental justice. From 2019 to 2022, she is on a Marie Curie Global Fellowship to investigate young people’s local knowledge and social practices related to the food-water-energy nexus in relation to nexus threats (e.g., flooding and landslides) in disaster-prone communities in the Metropolitan Region of Sao Paulo, Brazil. With an interest in applied and impact-oriented research both in Latin America and in Europe, she aims to identify pathways for integrating youth knowledge into public policies for a sustainable and healthy urban development.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Dr. phil, distinction magna cum laude), Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, Department of Political Sciences / Institute of Social Sciences, Germany. Joint supervision with the University of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Community Health, Bochum, Germany, 2017.
  • M.Sc. Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, Cologne University of Applied Sciences (now: Technical University of Cologne), Germany, and M.Sc. Ciencias Ambientales (Environmental Sciences), Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP), Mexico, 2013.
  • M.A. International Relations and International Organization, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands, 2009.
  • B.A. European Studies (Hon.), Maastricht University, the Netherlands, 2008

Research

Dr Susanne Börner is a senior researcher in the field of resource (in)security, youth agency, and disaster risk reduction. From 2019 to 2022, she is on a Marie Curie Global Fellowship to investigate young people’s local knowledge and social practices related to the food-water-energy nexus in relation to nexus threats (e.g., flooding and landslides) in disaster-prone communities in the Metropolitan Region of Sao Paulo, Brazil, using participatory research methods. With an interest in applied and impact-oriented research both in Latin America and in Europe, she aims to identify pathways for integrating youth knowledge into public policies for a sustainable and healthy urban development.

Other activities

  • Project management including backstopping missions for KfW (Drought Resilience, Djibouti) and GIZ (Agroforestry, Timor Leste), 2018.
  • Proposal writer. Employment creation for marginalized groups. Agroforesty project. Timor Leste. GIZ funded, 2018-2019.
  • Proposal writer. Regional funds for drought resilience. Djibouti. KfW funded, 2018-2019.
  • Proposal writer and project manager. Programme for the protection and sustainable use of natural resources. Madagascar. GIZ funded, 2017-2018.
  • Proposal writer. Soil Conservation and Rehabilitation (Phase II). GIZ funded, 2018.
  • Consultant, Department for Rural Development and Environment, GOPA Consultants, Bad Homburg, 2016-2019.
  • Trainer for Business English, German as a foreign language, and intercultural training for young women with a migration background, Association for Vocational Training (VbFF), 2013-2016.
  • Lecturer for the Undergraduate Seminar “Qualitative Content Analysis”, including curriculum development and implementation, Department of Community Health, University of Health Sciences (HSG), Bochum, Germany, 2016.
  • Lecturer for the Undergraduate Seminar “Environmental Justice”, including curriculum development and implementation, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, 2016.
  • Supervision of a bachelor thesis on Green Economy, Faculty of Political Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, 2016.
  • Member of the expert committee on environmental justice, German Environmental Action (Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V.), 2014-2015.
  • Intern in the Climate Change Task Force, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, 2011.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Börner, S, Kraftl, P & Giatti, LL 2020, 'Blurring the '-ism' in youth climate crisis activism: every agency and practices of marginalized youth in the Brazilian urban periphery', Children's Geographies. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2020.1818057

Börner, S, Torrico-Albino, JC, Nieto-Caraveo, LM & Cubillas-Tejeda, AC 2017, 'Living with environmental risks: giving a voice to young people in the design of community-based risk communication programs in the city of San Luis Potosi, Mexico', Children's Geographies. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2017.1310369

Börner, S, Torrico Albino, JC, Nieto Caraveo, LM & Cubillas Tejeda, AC 2015, 'Exploring Mexican adolescents' perception of environmental health risks: a photographic approach to risk analysis', Ciencia e Saude Coletiva, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 1617-1627. https://doi.org/10.1590/1413-81232015205.11382014

Chapter

Börner, S, Kraftl, P & Giatti, LL 2020, Saberes e ações dos jovens: reflexões e práticas na educação para a sustentabilidade. in Educar para a sustentabilidade: visões de presente e futuros. IEE-USP: Reconectta. Editora Na Raiz, Sao Paulo, pp. 68.

Commissioned report

Acton, J, Anderson, P, Andres, L, Angus, M, Amor, P, Arrowsmith, J (ed.), Asmelash, H, Bartington, S (ed.), Bengtsson, F, Bhullar, L, Bloss, W, Bonet, B, Börner, S, O Bonsu, N, Bryson, JR, Burns, V, Burrows, A, Calvert, C, Cassidy, N, Cavoski, A, Chadyiwa, M, Chapman, H, Chapman, L, Cockram, M, Degendardt, L, Dickinson, D, Ding, Y, Dobrzynski, D, Dolo, M, Dora, J, Ercolani, M, Ersoy, A, Farag, H, Ferranti, E, Fisher, R, Freer, M, Goldmann, N, Goode, CE, Greenham, S, Gulati, S, Hadfield-Hill, S, Harper, G, Hegerl, G, Hillmansen, S, Holmes, J, Huang, JJ, Huser, C, Jackson, R, Jaroszweski, D, Jefferson, I, Johnson, J, Kaewunruen, S, Kelly-Akinnuoye, F, Kettles, G, Kraftl, P, Krause, S, Leckebusch, GC, Lee, R, Lockwood, B (ed.), Lohse, J, Luna Diez, E, Lynch, I (ed.), MacKenzie, R, Maddison, D, Makepeace, J, Mann, V, Marino, R, Mavronicola, N, McDonald, M, McGowan, K (ed.), Metje, N, Ng, K, Nicol, J, O'Sullivan, C, Phalkey, N, Prestwood, E, Pyatt, N, Quinn, A, Radcliffe, J (ed.), Ravi, M, Reardon, L, Reeder, T, O’Regan, P, Remedios, L, Roberts, J, Rogers, C, Rungskunroch, P, van Schaik, W, Swan, J (ed.), Thomson, I, Toft, H (ed.), Tong, J, Botello Villagrana, F, Walton, A, Wason, C (ed.), Weir, C, Wood, R & Zhong, J 2021, Addressing the climate challenge. University of Birmingham. https://doi.org/10.25500/epapers.bham.00003451

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