Elizabeth Dirth is a Junior Researcher and Junior Lecturer for the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. Her research focus is on the implementation of concepts of justice in climate governance and the governance of sustainable development more broadly. She holds an MSc in Sustainable Development from Utrecht University, where she received a Faculty-wide ‘Bright Minds’ Award for her achievement during her studies, and had her Master’s thesis nominated and shortlisted as one of the best university-wide in the 2017/18 academic year. She also teaches on UU’s Global Sustainability Science Bachelors programme, and the Sustainable Development master’s programme. She is also currently the Network Coordinator for the Planetary Justice Taskforce of the Earth System Governance Project, and the Managing Editor for the new Earth System Governance journal.
Prior to this Elizabeth worked for Keep Scotland Beautiful, the largest Scotland-based environmental NGO, on delivering climate action capacity building, knowledge exchange and support for the public sector and project management of community and local projects across Scotland. She has five years of experience of capacity building and project management for sub-national level climate action activities and was responsible for navigating and coordinating between the multiple levels of governance, from grassroots to UN level within this context for the organisation. Elizabeth has also worked as a freelance consultant doing project development for local climate change projects.
Elizabeth is also a co-founder of the 2050 Climate Group, and currently remains a Trustee on the Board of this NGO. She held the position of founding Vice Chair from 2014 to 2016 and Chair from 2016 to 2017. During this time she led the organisation’s rapid development and now continues to lead the organisation’s international engagement work. She has spoken numerous times on behalf of the 2050 Climate Group nationally and internationally, at the past three UNFCCC conferences, among others. In her role as Vice Chair and Chair, Elizabeth also sat on a number of working groups, panels and committees as well as publishing opinion pieces and other broadcast media pieces.