Kristine Berzins joined Ecologic Institute as a Transatlantic Fellow from September 2011 to July 2012. Her research focused primarily on European energy and climate change policy. Her geographic interests included the Baltic Sea Region as well as developing countries. She is a native English and Latvian speaker and has a working knowledge of German.
During her time at Ecologic Institute, Kristine Berzins sought to examine the political and environmental consequences of Germany's move away from nuclear energy. She contributed extensively to a wide range of projects, executing the the third I-CITE study tour on the "Transformation of the Energy Economy", supporting Radost activities in the Baltic States and in the U.S., and helping write papers at the nexus of energy and international development for the European Parliament.
Before coming to Ecologic Institute, Kristine Berzins worked in foreign affairs and international development in Washington DC. She was a research analyst at Population Action International, a research and advocacy organization, where she helped evaluate how demographic factors affect climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries. While there, she also studied the disproportionate impact of climate change on women in Africa. In the summers of 2007 and 2008, Kristine Berzins was a trainee at the Latvian Embassy in Washington DC, where she worked on energy security and humanitarian aid.
Kristine Berzins completed a master's degree (MPhil) in International Relations at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), where she focused on European energy policy. Her thesis investigated how the European Commission (EC) and the Baltic States cooperate on natural gas infrastructure projects. She received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in political science and history from Yale University (USA).