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ESR1 - Oludunsin Tunrayo Arodudu

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Oludunsin (Dunsin) is working at the Directorate, Impact Assessment Research Group, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany- an agricultural landscape research institute affliated with the University of Potsdam, Germany.

He is working on EU Marie Curie CASTLE ITN Individual Research Project number 1- Sustainability assessment of bioenergy provisioning services from arable land.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (2008) and an Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management (GEM) from Lund University, Sweden and ITC, University of Twente, Netherlands (2012).

After one year of compulsory national service for all Nigerian graduates, he worked with Lime Associates in Nigeria as a researcher in 2010. He also worked as a volunteer researcher with his MSc. thesis supervisor (Alexey Voinov) after the completion of his MSc. program at the ITC, University of Twente, the Netherlands in 2012. His research interest and previous research experiences are in the field of Land cover/use issues, bioenergy potential assessments, remote sensing and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and Life Cycle Assessments (LCA).

In the CASTLE project, he is currently working on a PhD research aimed at developing and testing a sustainability assessment approach for the evaluation of bioenergy provisioning services from arable land. This approach is expected to cover as many elements of sustainability (i.e. spatial, temporal, stakeholder and impact dimensions) as possible; while also integrating quantitative, life-cycle information (obtainable from different LCA methodologies and their indicators), with qualitative and participatory SIA (sustainability impact assessment) information (obtainable from previously implemented SIA tools such as FoPIA-Framework for Participatory Impact Assessment). The final deliverable is expected to be an holistic approach that can improve the robustness and clarity of sustainability information provided for decision making processes at the science-society policy interface of bioenergy provisioning services from arable land

ESR2 - Salvatore Martire

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At European Forest Institute

Working on Individual Research Project n. 2

Salvatore graduated in Environment Engineering at the Polytechnic of Turin in 2009. After his graduation, he worked as a researcher at the University of Milano Bicocca to define and implement a methodology to estimate the availability of forestry biomass at local scale.

He holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Milano with a Thesis entitled "Development of Methodologies for the Sustainability Evaluation to Support the Local Scale Planning of Forest-Wood-Energy Supply Chains".

ESR3a - Jens Klawitter

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From Germany

At BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna), contract duration: 1 June 2013 - 30 March 2014

Worked on Individual Research Project n. 3

Jens holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Management and Nature Conservation and a Master’s degree in Global Change Management, both obtained from the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development in Eberswalde, Germany. During his master’s program he focused primarily on renewable energy, sustainability, climate change, climate policy (including the Kyoto Protocol and the Clean Development Mechanism market), development work and systems thinking.

In 2009 he completed a research semester at Germanwatch in Bonn, during which he focused primarily upon the Desertec concept. His exposure to this subject area resulted in the theme of his master’s thesis: “Towards a Sustainability Framework for the Desertec Concept.”

After he completed his MSc in 2010 he worked as a consultant for Germanwatch. In cooperation with Germanwatch, Bread for the World and IndyAct, a Lebanese NGO, he co-authored several studies pertaining to the Desertec concept, which focused on its development perspectives for the local population in the MENA (Middle East & North Africa)-region. The goal of this research was to develop a sustainability framework consisting out of Principles, Criteria and Indicators to make the contribution of energy infrastructure (e.g., Concentrating Solar Power plants) to sustainable development measurable and comparable.

ESR3b - Alexandra Langner

From Germany

Working at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna; Department of Forest- and Soil Sciences, contract started on 1 May 2014.

Working on Individual Research Project No. 3 - Multi criteria evaluation of sustainability impact assessment (SIA) results

Alexandra holds a BSc degree in Landscape planning from the Technical University of Munich and a MSc degree in Natural Resources Management and Ecological Engineering from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna and Lincoln University Canterbury (International Joint Master Programme).

Her undergraduate degree focused on landscape planning with a sound training in environmental impact assessment methods. Her Bachelor thesis deals with the use of payments for ecosystem services as a tool to enable climate change adaptation and has been conducted in collaboration with GIZ (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation). During that time Alexandra has been based in Malaysia working on case studies in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Alexandra also spent time abroad at Lincoln University in New Zealand where she studied and conducted her Master thesis with the Agribusiness & Economics Research Unit.

ESR4 - Teresa de la Fuente

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From Spain

At Skogforsk, the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden

Working on Individual Research Project n.4: System analysis of forest feedstock supply chains with extended biofuel production.

Teresa graduated in forestry engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and in environmental sciences at the Autonoma University of Madrid. She holds a Master's degree in forests and society from The University of British Columbia.

She worked as a project manager of environmental education projects at Entorno, Environmental Consultants. Her work involved designing and executing environment exhibitions, visitor centers in natural and regional parks, public use in protected areas, and environmental education materials, contracted by local and regional government institutions, foundations and NGOs.

She also worked as a researcher at The University of British Columbia Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, conducting a research on the recreational opportunities and the role and perceptions of the Forest in the local community; at Conservation International Bolivia, participating in the development of “The REDD Game: A didactic tool for designing effective, efficient and equitable policies to deliver REDD in Bolivia”; and at Juan Misael Saracho Ecology and Environment Institute of Tarija University, working on forest-hydrological restoration.

As part of the CASTLE project, she is pursuing a licentiate degree with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå.

She is interested in sustainability impact assessment for the forest sector, forest conservation, forest economics, traditional indigenous knowledge on forest management, and international cooperation.

ESR5 - Anna Liza Bais

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From the Philippines

At Institute of Social Ecology, Alpen-Adria University, Vienna (Austria)

Working on Individual Research Project No. 5 - Using and expanding the material- and energy flows accounting (MEFA) framework for sustainability impact assessment of bioenergy systems.

Anna Liza holds a BSc in Forestry from the University of the Philippines (2003) and Erasmus Mundus MSc in European Forestry and Forest and Nature Conservation from the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu, Finland and Wageningen University, the Netherlands, respectively (2012).

Her master's thesis involved the use of tree growth simulation and financial analysis modelling to determine the long-term profitability of post-harvesting silvicultural treatments applied in logging gaps in the Eastern Brazilian Amazon. During her internship at IIASA (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis), she has been involved in a comprehensive research review of traditional woodfuel data in tropical countries (India, Indonesia, Brazil and Congo Basin). She also worked as a research assistant at the University of the Philippines, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea and ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project based in the Philippines

She is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Ecology at Alpen-Adria University in Vienna, Austria.

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ESR6 - Philipp Sommerhuber

From Austria

At Thünen Institute of Wood Research Hamburg - Germany

Working on Individual Research Project 6

Philipp studied at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna and holds a Bachelor's (Bakk.techn.) and a Master's degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Environmental Resource Management. During his years at the university he was working on various topics in the fields of Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA), carbon accounting of wood production chain, Geographical Information System (GIS) and waste management affiliated areas. Beside his studies he did internships in the forest sector and renewable energy supplier.

After graduating from university he was working as a Sustainability Consultant with a focus on Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) by conducting Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for various building products.

His studies within the CASTLE project is focused on an economically and technically feasable and environmentally improved product design of Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC). He is pursuing a Doctorate in Natural Science (Dr.rer.nat) at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

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ESR7 - Francesca Santaniello

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From Italy

At Skogforsk, the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden

Working on Individual Research Project n.7

Francesca graduated in Natural Sciences and Conservation of Nature at the Sapienza University of Rome. During the master thesis she had the opportunity to work as a trainee at the European Space Agency, Earth Observation Department, monitoring the land cover changes in Siberia, using remote sensing and collaborating with local NGOs.

Passionate about forests, remote sensing and sustainable development.

She is pursuing a licentiate degree with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, at the Ecology Department.

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ESR8 - Gediminas Jasinevičius

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From Lithuania

At European Forest Institute (EFI) Headquarters in Joensuu, Finland.

Working on Individual Research Project n 8.

Mr. Gediminas holds a M.Sc. in Forest Sciences (2008) from the Swedish Agriculture University and B.Sc. (2006) from the Lithuanian Agriculture University. Before joining EFI, he worked at the Ministry of The Environment of the Republic of Lithuania Forest Department. At his work he has been involved in both international and national forest policy-making processes. At the national level he mainly worked in the field of wood industry. At the international level he was involved in the EU, UN, and Forest Europe policy-making processes. At the moment he is working at EFI as a researcher and seeking for PhD on Environmental Sciences.

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ESR9 - Pau Brunet Navarro

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From Spain

At Institute of Landscape System Analysis
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

Working on Individual Research Project n.9

Pau is a Forest Engineer by the University of Lleida (Spain). His professional wish is to contribute into the research and development arena to discover and create new knowledge for a smarter and sustainable use of forest services and products. His Erasmus Mundus double degree directed him to his goals. From the University of Eastern Finland he obtained the MSc in European Forestry, and from Wageningen University he procured the MSc in Forest and Nature Conservation.

In between his studies he adquired experience as a researcher. He has been employed in institutions like University of Lleida, Forest Science Center of Catalonia (CTFC), French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), and Wageningen University (WUR).

His interests are related to climate change, forest management and carbon accounting.

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ESR10 - Genevieve Mortimer

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Genevieve is from Australia and working at the Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics.

Genevieve has a degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Queensland. Genevieve's thesis explored whether life cycle analysis could improve the effectiveness of the environmental impact assessment process in Australia.

Genevieve worked at WorleyParsons in Brisbane and London for four years as an environmental engineering consultant to the mining industry. Her work included conducting stakeholder engagement and environmental impact assessment for large mining projects in Queensland. At WorleyParsons Genevieve also initiated the Sustainability Forum - a forum which bought together people in the business who were passionate about sustainable development to discuss and implement sustainable initiatives. Genevieve also worked for 1 year as a consultant with Evans & Peck where projects included an economic assessment of renewable energy options in Queensland.

Genevieve's is interested in corporate sustainability and exploring how the uptake of innovation and sustainable management tools by business can be improved.

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ESR11 - Anna Harnmeijer

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At MHG Systems

Working on Individual Research Project number 11

Anna graduated in both natural resource economics and environmental science at Wageningen University. She is particulary interested in the relationship between incentives and information, decision making and physical measures of environmental impact, combining approaches in operational management and environmental systems analysis. She has co-ordinated numerous events under the banner of social and organisational learning for the greening of both public and private enterprises, and was most recently involved in a Edinburgh-based start-up for support of community renewable energy projects (SCENE). Apart from her double MSc at Wageningen University, Anna holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University, and an MSc in Environment and Resource Management from the Free University in Amsterdam.

As part of the CASTLE project, she is pursuing a PhD with the University of Helsinki Department of Forest Sciences on inclusive business models in the transition to a renewable energy sector.

ESR12 - Qianyu (Amber) Li

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From Xi'an, China

At Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT, Finland)

Working on Individual Research Project n.12

Amber’s research interest is utilizing the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in sustainability communication. Her research will focus on developing the land use phase of LCA in the forest industry. She has a Master Degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Industrial Ecology and a Bachelor Degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University in Applied Chemistry.

Her master's thesis involved in soil remediation for former wood-manufacturing site.

As part of the CASTLE project, she is pursuing a PhD with the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.

ESR13 - Frank Müller

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From Berlin, Germany

At French Institute of Technology for Forest, Cellulose, Wood construction and Furniture (FCBA, Paris)

Working on Individual Research Project number 13.

Frank's research interests are in corporate sustainability in general and the assessment and management of corporate sustainability performance in particular. He studied Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg and holds a master on sustainability management from Leuphana University Lüneburg. Frank gained first research experiences at the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) in Berlin, primarily conducting value based assessments of corporate sustainability performance across different sectors and regions. Prior to his activities at IZT, he worked for the German Technical Co-operation (GTZ) as local project and team coordinator, establishing stakeholder dialogue platforms and facilitating capacity building for CSR and Cleaner Production in industrial estates in Central and East Java, Indonesia.

ESR14 - Heather Davidson

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From Boston, USA

At Institute Technologique FCBA Paris

Working on Individual Research Project number 14

Heather's research interests include combining sustainable development with SME business practices. Can businesses work within their respective profit models to shift practices once GHG emissions accounting and reduction is calculated? Her research will focus on calculating these GHG balances for use in the forest product sector.

She has a Master's degree from the University of Tuebingen in Applied Environmental Geoscience and has worked in Africa and Lebanon in forest carbon sequestration and environmental education, respectively.

She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France.