SERSD student 2019-2021

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Profile summary

  • Socio-ecological transformation
  • Sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Multi-level governance
  • Climate politics
  • Urban challenges
  • Participatory methods
  • Alternative economic and monetary systems

Nadja Najjar is interested how niche experimentations and socio-ecological innovations can lead to large-scale systematic change and navigate governance transformation towards sustainability

Najjar’s interest in novel approaches for environmental governance and management brought her to the SERSD Master programme. She wants to deepen her knowledge on socio-ecological systems to identify leverage points to deal with the non-linear dynamics of complex adaptive systems. She hopes to conduct research in dialogue with society to foster resilient communities through participation and local strategies that explore transformation pathways towards sustainability.

Najjar studied Environment and Bio-resources Management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna (BOKU). At the Bachelor’s level she gained a profound understanding of inter-and transdisciplinary global environmental challenges and tensions between people and the planet. In her courses she focused on climate change, natural resources governance and environmental economics. During her exchange semester at the Ecole Superieure Nationale Agronomique de Toulouse (ENSAT), France, she took courses in solidarity economy and interned at the local complementary currency. This experience led the way to her Bachelor thesis’s case-study for which she analysed viable revenue streams and alternative governance structures.

After graduating Najjar started working as a student research assistant at the BOKU Centre for Global Change and Sustainability. She designed participatory stakeholder processes and workshops for sustainable entrepreneurial education. Furthermore, she was part of an action-research project “Cli_Mates” and created climate change communication tools as part of an international and interdisciplinary team.

Throughout her studies, Najjar has actively organised debates and workshops on climate politics and justice. Furthermore, she slipped in diverse roles and mindsets during United Nations simulation conferences. As a founding and board member of a student-driven ideation and implementation hub for socio-ecological projects and businesses, Najjar, has developed leadership skills and introduced creative workshop and coaching methods for ideation, prototyping and planning.

Najjar loves spending her time being outdoors in nature and is an enthusiastic slow train traveller. Due to her multi-cultural background, she enjoys learning from cross-cultural settings and is fluent in English, German, Swedish and French.

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