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Stefanie Albrecht

Stefanie Albrecht

MSc (Integrated Natural Resource Management)
BA (Business Economics - Media and Communication/Digital Media)
Junior Researcher

Stefanie Albrecht worked at Ecologic Institute as a Junior Researcher on projects related to soil and agriculture, urban governance, transformation and resource management. Her native language is German, she is fluent in English and has good French skills.

Stefanie Albrecht worked on the project Updated Inventory and Assessment of Soil Protection Policy Instruments in EU Member States for the EU Commission to develop a Wiki-based inventory and an up-to-date assessment of soil policy instruments in the EU Member States. She further supported the project Preventing and Remediating Soil Degradation (RECARE) with a case study analysis on soil sealing and land take in Regensburg, Germany. In addition, she was involved with the project Reducing Nutrient Loadings from Agricultural Soils to the Baltic Sea via Groundwater and Streams (Soils2Sea); here she works on governance, monitoring, and stakeholder processes. In the area of urban governance, Stefanie Albrecht worked on the project "City of the Future" Ahrensfelde 2030 and beyond – Living together sustainably and supported the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP7) project Post Carbon Cities of Tomorrow (POCACITO). Both urban-related projects aimed to foresee sustainable pathways towards liveable, affordable, and prospering cities in a global and local context. For these projects, Stefanie Albrecht worked in particular on the participatory development of a qualitative vision and a deduction of measures from it. In the area of transformation, Stefanie Albrecht supported the project From Niche to Mainstream – How to Spread Sustainable Practices developing an impact assessment methodology to evaluate the sustainability of practices and their potential to accelerate the process towards a sustainable society. For the project Transformation to Climate Resilient and Resource-conserving Infrastructure (TRAFIS) she analysed the development path of the innovative hybrid power plant Prenzlau.

Before starting at Ecologic Institute, Stefanie Albrecht worked as a student assistant for Springer Science+Business Media for three years as part of her cooperative education Bachelor in Business Economics. She has further work experience in online marketing and lived in Australia for two years after her Bachelor's degree.

Stefanie Albrecht studied the master program Integrated Natural Resource Management, at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany). She focused on socio-ecological system analysis, management of the Commons, property rights, collective action and innovations – all in the context of sustainable agriculture and sustainable development. Her Master thesis Ecovillages as Change Agents of Societal Transformation - Exploring a framework to assess their transformative impact is situated in the field of transformation studies and explored a way to assess socio-ecological innovations in ecovillages and their effect beyond. She received her bachelor's degree in "Business Economics – Media and Communication/Digital Media" from DHBW Ravensburg (Germany).

From 2017 until 2020, Stefanie is persuing her PhD at Leuphana University, Lüneburg and Arizona State University (USA) as part of the Robert Bosch research group Processes of Sustainability Transformation. Her PhD thesis focuses on The Potential of Integrated Food Forest Systems for International and Global Real-World Experiments to Identify Sustainable Opportunities for Complementing Local Food Systems.

She has a research interest in ecovillages and similar communities as models of sustainable living and development. For a study on socio-ecological interaction and institutions she stayed at the Ecovillage Madagascar for two months. Moreover, she was a "Co-Thinker" in the 2.000 sqm project (2.000 sqm = total world acreage/global population) of Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft on sustainable agriculture and food security. Upcycling and permaculture are part of her life philosophy.