Jennifer Bansard is a doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Chair of International Politics of the University of Potsdam (Germany). Her main research interests are climate change and marine biodiversity policy. In her dissertation she examines the emergence in science and policy of “blue carbon”, a concept that refers to the carbon sequestration potential of coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests, seagrass meadows or salt marshes. Her teaching focuses on global environmental governance. She for example teaches courses such as “actors and institutions in global environmental policy” or “non-state actors in global climate governance”.
In addition to her academic work she is a writer for the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Earth Negotations Bulletin, and as such contributes to reporting on various international environmental conferences (such as the United Nations Ocean Conference, meetings of the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change or of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity). Jennifer has an international academic education and holds Masters Degrees in Environment & Resource Management (VU Amsterdam, Netherlands), International Relations (Sciences Po Aix, France) and Applied Political Sciences (University of Freiburg, Germany). She further gained professional experience at different governance levels in the field of environmental policy: at the German Development Agency GIZ, the United Nations Secretariat for Convention on Biological Diversity, and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.