WP5: Ecosystem services, food security and public engagement

About the WP Leaders Gesche Krause and Laura Nahuelhual

Gesche Krause is a social scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany. She was trained at the Universities of Kiel and Greifswald (Germany) and completed her PhD at Stockholm University (Sweden). She worked with several international research institutions in the UK, USA, Brazil, Indonesia and New Zealand, as well as with various private sector companies in Germany before affiliating with the AWI in 2013 where she is responsible for AWIs contributions to the Earth System Knowledge Platform (ESKP), while researching on the issue on evaluating the impact of science to societal processes. Since 2011, she founded and chairs the International Commission of the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) expert working group on social and economic dimensions of aquaculture (WGSEDA). In 2013, on behalf of the WBGU (German Advisory Council on Global Change), she contributed to “World in Transition: Governing the Marine Heritage” report. In 2016 she became executive board member of the international Oceans Past Initiative (OPI). In 2017 she was part of the European Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) via SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) for the topic “Food from the Oceans”. She affiliated for 4 month as senior research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam in 2019 where her research centered around the socio-economic aspects of aquaculture and how these can be captured and evaluated within the discourses on sustainability and the UN sustainability goals (SDGs).

Laura Nahuelhual is Professor at the Economics Department at Universidad Austral de Chile. She works on terrestrial and marine ecosystem service assessments and governance, in close connection with nature conservation and resources decision-makers. She is a Principal Investigator at the Center Investigación en Dinámica de Ecosistemas Marinos de Altas Latitudes (IDEAL), where she leads the research line on Human Dimensions of Coastal and Marine Social-Ecological systems. This line comprises scientists and young researchers in the areas of history, anthropology, environmental economics, geography, natural resources engineering, sociology, social-ecological system modelling, and GIS based data management and analysis.