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Since beginning her bachelor, Anja has been interested in understanding the interplay between social and ecological systems, and hopes to continue that exploration at SRC. In particular, she is would like to explore how sustainability initiatives can work locally, while thinking globally. She is also interested in how to bridge research and civil society in the transition to a more sustainable world.
Anja has a Bachelor’s degree in International Environment and Development Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. In her bachelor thesis, she explored how different types of environmental education can enhance resilience in the social and ecological systems the education is embedded in. The thesis reflects her interest in how humans interact with nature, and how we can change our behavior and thoughts concerning the value of nature – both its intrinsic value and that of life-supporting ecosystem services.
Anja has also taken courses within environmental sociology and forest ecology at University of British Columbia, Canada, as well as courses within economics and design at the Centre of Environment and Development (CEMUS) at Uppsala University. Along her studies she has been active with local environmental organizations, focusing on topics such as reduction of food waste. She also co-founded a non-profit food coop at her campus, focusing on local, sustainable and fair food. She recently finished her work as intern at the Rachel Carson Center, an environmental humanities research center in Munich, where she, among other things, worked on a research project concerning transboundary movements of hazardous waste.
In her spare time Anja enjoys cooking, being active and spending time in nature, especially hiking and skiing in mountains.