Ina Krüger joined Ecologic Institute in 2014 and works as a Fellow for scientific policy advice on European and national policies in the fields of water, agriculture and marine management. Ina has been leading and participating in a broad array of national and international projects which engaged stakeholders, public authorities and scientists. She is a native German speaker and fluent in English, Spanish and Dutch and she has an advanced knowledge of French.
At Ecologic Institute, Ina currently supports the European Environmental Agency (EEA) on water and agriculture policy. To this effect, she coordinates a team of international researchers in the European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine waters (ETC/ICM). Furthermore, she contributes on a yearly basis to Eurostat's monitoring of progress towards the SDGs in the EU.
Ina's work frequently covers trans-disciplinary projects at the interface of science and policy. This has included research on water governance in drought situations in Spain (STEER project), and advice to river basin organizations in Ecuador on the implementation of socially just water abstraction tariffs for agriculture in the three year research project EcoCuencas. She developed an ecosystem services monitoring framework to evaluate nature-based coastal climate adaptation measures in small island states in the Caribbean in cooperation with local environmental NGOs in a project funded by KfW. On behalf of ESPON, she evaluated the economic benefits of land-sea interactions triggered by maritime spatial planning in Europe.
In addition to her research activities, Ina is actively involved in the strategic coordination of Ecologic Institute’s work on the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Ina also has considerable teaching and moderation experience. She has developed online teaching modules and lectures and moderates workshops in her field. Most recently, she moderated a workshop on Floodplains and River Basin Development by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).
Before joining Ecologic Institute, Ina Krüger worked at Deltares in the Netherlands as a scientific advisor on marine policy and water management. There she engaged in a number of national and international projects on flood risk management in the Dutch Delta Programme, climate adaptation of critical water infrastructure and the conflicts between flood protection and spatial planning (including in the field of international cooperation with Colombia), stakeholder engagement in Maritime Spatial Planning and the designation of Marine Protected Areas under the Natura 2000 legislation.
Ina Krüger has an interdisciplinary background with a Master of Science in Biology, majoring in marine ecology in Münster, Bremen and Kiel, Germany, and a Master of Science in Water Management from the UNESCO Institute for Water Education (UN-IHE) in Delft (Netherlands), funded under the highly competitive Dutch Huygens Scholarship Programme. On research trips during her time as a student, Ina Krüger conducted a study on the ecology of marine invasive species in Chile and did research on the connection between sustainable development and stakeholder participation in groundwater management in Andalusia (Spain).