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.


  • 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

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.