Katrina Abhold joined Ecologic Institute as Researcher. Her research interests include socio-economic environmental issues, behavioral economics, green infrastructure, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), invasive alien species, and marine and coastal management. Katrina is a native English speaker and has a conversational knowledge of French.
At Ecologic Institute, Katrina works as part of the European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters (ETC-ICM), which supports the European Environmental Agency (EEA) in its research and assessment of European waters. She also conducts socio-economic research on the drivers of and barriers to marine litter in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project New Tools and Policy Options to Improve the Management of Marine Litter (CLEANSEA). Katrina Abhold also contributes to other FP7 projects, including socio-economic research on the Mediterranean and Black Seas in the Policy-Oriented Marine Environmental Research in the Southern European Seas (PERSEUS) project as well as research on climate change adaptation in coastal regions within the Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe (BASE) project.
Prior to joining Ecologic Institute, Katrina's studies at the University of Edinburgh took her to Tanzania in 2013 where she researched socio-economic and environmental issues regarding fisheries for Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), in conjuntion with the University of Dar es Salaam. Wider topics of her research included fishing industries, local employment and subsistence fishing, government regulations, catchment management, invasive alien species, and local land-use practices around Lake Victoria. She also conducted a choice modeling experiment in Edinburgh (United Kingdom), regarding public willingness-to-pay and concern for improvements in public transit systems, with respect to environmental performance.
Katrina completed her Master of Science in Ecological Economics in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh from 2012 to 2013. Her dissertation focused on the socio-economic rationale for marine conservation and the establishment of Marine Protected Areas within the High Seas, looking specifically at the Sargasso Sea Alliance's report and ecosystem services assessment for the Sargasso Sea. She also holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA, USA), where she graduated in 2008 cum laude in Economics with a minor in Geography/Environmental Studies.