SNIS Project Consortium Members

Consortium Members

Dr. Lukas Fesenfeld - Project Coordinator

Lukas finished his PhD (D.Sc. ETH) at the Chair of International Political Economy and Environmental Politics and has since then joined the Energy Politics Group at ETH Zurich. He is now lecturer at the ETH Institute of Science, Technology and Policy and senior researcher at the Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance group at the University of Bern and the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research.

Lukas is co-founder of the non-profit organisation NAHhaft – Institute for sustainable food strategies. Lukas mixed-method research focusses on the governance and political economy of climate change mitigation and food system transformation.

Prof. Dr. Elliot Ash - Co-Coordinator

Elliott Ash is Assistant Professor of Law, Economics, and Data Science at ETH Zurich’s Center for Law & Economics, Switzerland. Prior to joining ETH, Elliott was Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Warwick, and before that a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University’s Center for the study of Democratic Politics. He received a Ph.D. in economics and J.D. from Columbia University, a B.A. in economics, government, and philosophy from University of Texas at Austin, and an LL.M. in international criminal law from University of Amsterdam.

Prof. Dr. Yixian Sun

Dr. Yixian Sun studies transnational governance, environmental politics, and sustainable consumption, with a geographical focus on emerging economies. His research explains the changing role of China in global environmental governance, including sustainability transitions within China as well as sustainability impacts of China’s overseas engagement.  His work has been published in Ecological Economics, Global Environmental Change, Global Environmental Politics, Global Food Security, Nature Food, Nature Sustainability, Review of International Political Economy.
Besides his research, Yixian is also a member of the Expert Peer Review Group of the Race to Zero, a UN-backed global campaign rallying non-state actors  to take rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030.

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Maiken Maier

Maiken has a background in Business and Economics and her scientific interests lie especially in the sustainable development of the global food system, the motivation of more sustainable consumption behavior and a political shift towards more sustainability. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Bern, in the research group Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance led by Prof. Karin Ingold.

Dr. Pan He

With an interdisciplinary background, Dr. Pan He has a vision of her research which could embody the interaction between social-economic activities and natural systems. She is broadly interested in exploring how human behavior affects the natural environment, and in examining how policy can lead to consumer behavior change that improves sustainability. Currently, Dr. Pan He focuses on investigating how food consumption patterns result in specific interconnected environmental and health impacts and what are the opportunities and challenges in realizing dietary sustainability. Her other branch of studies concerns empirically examining the effect of climate change and air pollution on human activities such as driving and tourism, as well as the effectiveness of environmental and energy policies at the micro-level.

Associated members

Prof. Dr. Elke Weber, Princeton University, Behavioral Science for Policy Lab, Andlinger Center, US

  • Behavioral public policy
  • Social norms and environmental behavior
  • Survey and field experiments

Prof. Dr. Bowen Yu, Fudan University, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, China

  • Chinese and international environmental politics
  • International relations
  • Mixed methods

Prof. Dr. Linda Steg, University of Groningen, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Netherlands

  • Environment psychology and policy
  • Social norms, values and acceptability of new technologies
  • Mixed method and survey research

Prof. Dr. Tim Lenton, University of Exeter, Global System Institute, UK

  • Climate and earth scientist
  • Climate and socio-technical tipping points, e.g. in the food system
  • Complex system modelling

Dr. Martijn Sonnevelt, ETH Zurich, World Food System Center, Switzerland

  • Executive director of ETH World Food System Center
  • Food policy and politics
  • Participatory research

Dr. Brilé Anderson, OECD, Paris, France

  • Political economist in climate change mitigation team at OECD
  • Behavioral public policy and economics
  • Stakeholder engagement, survey experiments and econometrics
Dr. Patricia Fracassi, FAO, Rome, Italy
  • Senior Nutrition and Food System Officer at FAO
  • Food policy, governance, and programmes and investments
  • Political economy of nutrition

Mariella Meyer, WWF, Zurich, Switzerland

  • Senior manager in sustainable markets team at WWF
  • Food policy and industry, background in agricultural and food sciences
  • Stakeholder engagement

Dr. Antje Wilke, NAHhaft Institute, Berlin, Germany

  • Researcher and lead of “Klimateller” project at NAHhaft Institute
  • Climate and food policy
  • Behavioral economics and food consumption

Alexander Schrode, NAHhaft Institute, Berlin, Germany

  • Executive director of NAHhaft Institute
  • Food policy and economics
  • Stakeholder engagement and qualitative research

Dr. Christine Chemnitz, Agora Agrar, Berlin, Germany

  • Head of Agora Agrar thinktank
  • Former head of international food and agricultural policy team at Böll foundation
  • Science-policy interface food policy

Scarlett Benson, SYSTEMIQ and the Food and Land Use Coalition, London, UK

  • Programme Manager of FOLU Coalition (consisting of key international food system stakeholders)
  • Food policy and industry
  • Stakeholder engagement

Partner organisations

International Academic Institutions

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