Laura has a background in geographic development studies from the Freie Universität of Berlin (FU Berlin) and is currently writing her Master's thesis in a collaboration between the FU Berlin and Climatekos. This thesis will – in parallel to the planned study in the first half of 2022 – examine sustainability standards and corporate commitments with regard to improving smallholder livelihoods in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures under the guise of the concept of climate justice.
Accompanying and alongside the Master's thesis, Laura is employed as a student assistant for research and related activities. Subsequently, it is planned that she will work as a staff member from the second half of 2022.
She has already gained experience with supply chains and their impacts in the context of a short study on coffee and corresponding supply chains of German green coffee importers in East Africa. The focus here was on the impact on land use and local livelihoods of smallholder farmers. In addition, Laura has conducted research on the influence of different - mainly civil society - actors on ecosystems under the guise of the concept of political ecology in the course of her Master's degree.”