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, sustainable urban development, and environmental justice. She is currently a Marie Curie Global Fellow (NEXUS-DRR) in GEES in collaboration with the School of Public Health at the University of Sao Paulo. She uses (remote) participatory research methods to investigate young people’s local knowledge and social practices related to the food-water-energy nexus and 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, she aims to identify pathways for integrating youth knowledge into public policies for a sustainable and healthy urban development. Her current research under the project "Building resilience in the face of nexus threats: local knowledge and social practices of Brazilian youth (NEXUS-DRR)"  is financed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 833401.

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

Auerbach, J, Muñoz, S, Affiah, U, Barrera de la Torre, G, Börner, S, Cho, H, Cofield, R, Di Enno, CM, Grady-Lovelace, G, Klassen, S, Limeberry, V, Morse, A, Natarajan, L & Walsh, E 2022, 'Displacement of the scholar? Participatory action research under COVID-19', Frontiers, vol. 6, 762065. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2022.762065

Börner, S 2021, 'Vozes silenciosas sobre o nexo água-alimentos-energia e mudanças climáticas: diálogos cotidianos na periferia urbana de São Paulo', Diálogos socioambientais na macrometrópole paulista, vol. 4, no. 10, pp. 12-15. <https://periodicos.ufabc.edu.br/index.php/dialogossocioambientais/article/view/478>

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

Other contribution

Börner, S 2021, Adapting to uncertain times: transforming participatory research and researcher identities under covid-19. Latin American Geographies (LAG)-UK Blog. <https://lagukinfo.wixsite.com/lag-uk/post/adapting-to-uncertain-times >

Dutta, S, Börner, S & Ferranti, E 2021, Climate challenges – spotlight on community and stakeholder engagement. PortPostdoc Escape the Routine - a PERCAT online podcast series, University of Birmingham. <https://m.soundcloud.com/unibirmingham/climate-challenges-spotlight-on-community-and-stakeholder-engagement>

Hafferty, C, Montuori, B, Börner, S, Meziant, K, Dunwoodie Stirton, F & Wingfield, T 2021, Participation for sustainable, resilient, and equitable futures: where is it heading?. Participatory Geographies Research Group. <https://pygyrg.org/participation-for-sustainable-futures>

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