Stephanie Wunder (formerly Schlegel) joined Ecologic Institute in 2003 and currently works as a Senior Fellow and Coordinator for Land Use Policy & Coordinator Food Systems. Her work focuses on the sustainable use of natural resources within the bioeconomy, particularly land and biomass for energy, feed, and food and the transition towards sustainable food systems. She is also an expert on European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as well as soil protection and urban development. Stephanie Wunder works in English and German and has basic knowledge of Russian and French.
Her projects at Ecologic Institute cover a wide variety of topics, including the social and environmental impacts of EU bioenergy policy, for clients such as the European Parliament (EP), the European Environment Agency (EEA), the European Commission (EC), and the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA). As part of her research on sustainable land use, she leads the work on "International land use governance" and the "International Governance screening of urban policies and their impacts on land use" within the GLOBALANDS project . She is also responsible for the work on environmental impact related land use indicators within the German Federal Environment Agency Land Footprint project.
Additionally, her work increasingly focuses on transition processes towards more sustainable societies and the accompanying behavioral changes, particularly dietary changes and the reduction of food waste. For the EU project Resource Efficient Food and dRink for the Entire Supply cHain (REFRESH), Stephanie coordinates the overall project communication and dissemination work and is responsible for developing policy recommendations.
Stephanie Wunder frequently teaches for different international University programs. In 2014, she started to teach a course on "The Global Ecological Crisis." The course is part of University of Colorado Denver's (UC Denver) Sustainability in Berlin study abroad program. She is also a guest lecturer for Duke University's Berlin Program. In 2008, she was a visiting professor at the University of Colorado Denver's Graduate School of International Studies, where she taught a course on "The Global Energy Crisis." She is also involved in environmental education as part of the project, Teacher training renewable energy.
Prior to her employment at Ecologic Institute, she worked in the Department for Landscape Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin, Germany). In 2006, she spent half a year in Brussels (Belgium) with the European Commission (EC) in the German and Austrian Rural Development Division of the Directorate General Agriculture.
Stephanie Wunder earned a degree in landscape planning from TU Berlin with a focus on environmental policy. Her diploma thesis [pdf, 2.4 MB, German] analyzed the underlying causes of the wind energy boom in Germany since 1990. She graduated with distinction.
Stephanie Wunder has lived and worked in the US, New Zealand and Belgium.