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Dr. Ulf Stein

Dr. Ulf Stein

Diplom-Ingenieur (Landscape Planning)
Coordinator Water Studies

Dr. Ulf Stein is a Fellow at Ecologic Institute in Berlin, where he coordinates the institute's water activities. He specializes on topics relating to water policy and watershed management, with a particular focus on European Union (EU) water policy, the protection of freshwater biodiversity, the sustainable management of water resources and dissemination. Dr. Ulf Stein is a native German speaker, is fluent in English and has knowledge of Spanish, Danish and Russian.

Dr. Ulf Stein works on several projects under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP7), as well as on research projects and service contracts for German and European institutions. His activities focus on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD)  and the Floods Directive. Additionally, Ulf Stein researches in the fields of integrated water resource management (IWRM), water governance and freshwater biodiversity protection. He is also responsible for the dissemination of knowledge in the FP7 projects WaterDiss2.0 and Demonstration of Promising Technologies to Address Emerging Pollutants in Water and Waste Water (DEMEAU). His further interests include the connection between water management and climate adaptation, which he is researching in the projects Climate Change - Water Scenarios, Impacts & Adaptation Measures (ClimWatAdapt) and Indicators for the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change.

Before joining Ecologic Institute, Dr. Ulf Stein worked for four years as a research assistant at the University of Kassel (Germany). He conducted research in several projects for the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) on practical questions regarding freshwater ecology and development. In particular, he was involved in a research project on new management guidelines for small water bodies [pdf, 2.8 MB, German] for the UBA and a project dealing with the impact of organic agriculture on loess streams for the BfN. His research and publications primarily addressed the topics of nature conservation, biodiversity, and flood risk management. During this period, Dr. Ulf Stein also lectured in freshwater ecology, water resource management and geographic information system (GIS) and mentored students. Prior to that, from 2002 to 2006, he worked as a landscape planner within the field of impact assessment, site investigation and nature management at the landscape architecture firm Faktorgruen.

Alongside his work for Ecologic Institute, Dr. Ulf Stein completed his doctorate at the University of Kassel on generally-applicable freshwater ecology models for small siliceous mountain streams. His dissertation research was carried out at the Kellerwald-Edersee national park.

Dr. Ulf Stein studied landscape planning and nature conservation in Germany (Leibniz University Hannover), Canada (University of Guelph) and Denmark (University of Copenhagen) with a focus on nature conservation, planning and environmental management.