Maria is Project Coordinator and Science Officer for the bioSUSTAINABILITY International Programme Office, one of DIVERSITAS four cour projects.
Tasks include web content management; coordinating scientific reports such as the Global Urban Assessment and creating and developing collaborations for knowledge exchange within the scientific community as well as between the scientific community and others, for example NGO's and schools. One particular project is to organise participants to the Global Forum 2011.
Maria studied environmental and social-environmental science at Gothenburg University, specializing in Human Ecology. One semester was spent in Australia in a student exchange. Her BSc paper was SIDA-supported by an MFS grant and explored the prerequisites for developing adaptive governance in a poor rural fishing village in Cambodia.
Her MSc thesis analysed the potential of people's norms and values to protect urban greens in a changing social context, focusing on sacred trees in Bangalore, India.