Dr. Meghan Beck-O' Brien


Research Interest
My research focuses on the transition to a resource-efficient, circular bioeconomy and the development of sustainability targets and indicators. I am especially interested in how the smart bioeconomy can bridge human-nature systems to meet Sustainable Development Goals over the short and long term. I am convinced that halting biodiversity loss is a key and urgent challenge of our time and to this end my research aims to better understand how land system change can be kept within a globally safe and just operating space and how regenerative agriculture and forestry can be better incentivized in and across borders. In particular, tackling root causes of land use change and avoiding burden shifting are high priorities and I am interested in advancing research on models of business, governance and community that promote system innovation, resilience and well-being across both value chains and multiple scales of analysis.


Work Experience

02/2017 - 12/2018
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, CESR, Universität Kassel

08/2008 - 12/2020
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt und Energie



Academic background

2012 – 2015     Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing) 
                         University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany 


2005 – 2007     Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Sustainable Resource Management
                         Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany

2000 – 2004     Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Environmental Studies
                         Minors in English Literature and American Studies 
                         Elmira College, Elmira, New York, USA 


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