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Dona Azizi is a PhD candidate at Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Her research is on the complex adaptive system of multilateral environmental agreements and environmental treaty regimes. She focusses on policy integration and adaptation at the international governance level. In this context, Dona explores the emergence of treaty regimes and interinstitutional relationships across different environmental regimes and beyond environmental law. Empirical reference points of her research are the Sustainable Development Goals and the international fisheries regime.

Dona Azizi holds a M. A. in Political Science from the University of Vienna (AT) and a B. A. in Social Science and philosophy from the University Siegen (DE). She further successfully completed research studies at the Université de Genève (CH). During her Master’s, she studied the regime of agricultural biotechnology and focused on International Political Economy, governance concepts as well as biodiversity conflicts. She gained professional experience at several environmental organizations and was for two years chair of the SENSE PhD Council, the nation wide ‘Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment’ in the Netherlands.

Currently, she is co-managing the taskforce on Earth System Law, a global research initiative targeting an interdisciplinary community of scientists working in the fields of sustainability law and governance at all levels of social organization. The taskforce acts under the auspice of the Earth System Governance project, the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change.

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