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Johanna von Toggenburg

Johanna von Toggenburg

MA (International Relations and Economics)
MSc (Water and Coastal Management)
BA (Politics and Development Studies)

Johanna von Toggenburg was a Researcher at Ecologic Institute, where she worked in the fields of water policy and economics, in particular concerning the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Her work also included the development of economic and policy instruments for water management, and she was also interested in water resources in developing countries and knowledge transfer. She is a native speaker of both German and Polish and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Johanna was working on a project concerning the dissemination and up-take of water research results in EU framework programmes (WaterDiss2.0). She also conducted research on global water policy and development for a GIZ study on Water, Food and Energy Security and contributes to policy recommendations for the project  Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Desertification: Assessing the Fit of Responses (LEDDRA) within the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In addition, she also pursued research in the fields of marine policy, transboundary water governance and the connection between water, energy and agriculture.

Before joining Ecologic Institute, Johanna developed a report on governance options to improve marine biodiversity conservation in the High Seas in cooperation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She presented the results of the report at the fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She also worked for the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) in Potsdam in its start-up phase. Previously, she completed internships with Transparency International and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) of the European Commission, where she researched corruption in Latin America and the European Union.

Johanna graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a Master’s degree in international relations and economics and a concentration in energy, resources and environment. She also holds a Master of Science in water and coastal management from the University of Cádiz (Spain). There, her thesis addressed the environmental impacts of coastal tourism and tourism mobility. Johanna completed her Bachelor’s degree in politics and development studies at the University of Sussex (United Kingdom).