Jennifer Garard is a doctoral researcher with the working group Scientific Assessments, Ethics, and Public Policy at Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in Berlin, Germany. She is a core member of the Future of Global Environmental Assessment-Making Project, heading the research stream on the engagement of stakeholders in global environmental assessments (GEAs). Her research employs qualitative data analysis techniques in order to investigate why, how and how successfully stakeholders have been engaged with in GEAs. She also explores from a theoretical perspective the broader potential implications of stakeholder engagement in GEAs, for example in learning how to connect different knowledge systems or in contributing to deliberative democracy. More recently, Jennifer heads up the Project on Stakeholder Engagement and Evaluation at MCC. This project aims to investigate different methods of structuring dialogue in the provision of scientific policy advice as well as different methods of evaluation.

Jennifer holds a BSc in Environmental Science from McGill University, specializing in Biodiversity and Conservation, and a MEnv from Concordia University. During her Master’s studies, she focused on Environmental Impact Assessments, and studied both concrete methods from conducting assessments in practice as well as broader theoretical questions regarding the engagement of different actors in these processes. In 2012, Jennifer served as an intern with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, working with the Health and Biodiversity Cross-Cutting Initiative.

Selected Publications

  • Kowarsch, M., Garard, J., Riousset, P., Lenzi, D., Dorsch, M., Knopf, B., Harrs, J.-A. and Edenhofer, O. (2016). Scientific assessments to facilitate deliberative policy learning. Palgrave Communications 2:16092.
  • Garard, J. and Kowarsch, M. (2017). If at first you don’t succeed: Evaluating stakeholder engagement in global environmental assessments. Environmental Science and Policy. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2017.02.007
  • Kowarsch, M., Jabbour, J., Flachsland, C., Kok, M.T.J., Watson, Sir R., Haas, P.M., Minx, J.C., Alcamo, J., Garard, J., Riousset, P., Pintér, L., Langford, C., Yamineva, Y., von Stechow, C., O’Reilly, J. and Edenhofer, O. (2017). A road map for global environmental assessments. Nature Climate Change 7(6), pp.379-382. doi:10.1038/nclimate3307