Sandra Naumann is a Senior Fellow with Ecologic Institute and coordinates the Institute's activities on biodiversity. Her work focuses on the evaluation and enhancement of European and national land use, agricultural, soil, and biodiversity conservation policies and their links to climate change. Her areas of expertise also include nature-based solutions and green infrastructure. She works in English, German, and Spanish.
Her current work at Ecologic Institute includes developing a decision-support tool in the SmartSOIL project, which focuses on sustainable and climate friendly soil management. Under the project Preventing and Remediating Soil Degradation (RECARE), she contributes to the integrated impact assessment of EU soil protection policies and identifies solutions to close mineral cycles and increase resource efficiency at farm level. Moreover, she is involved in analyzing the interlinkages between quality of life, wellbeing and biodiversity within a project commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and coordinates Ecologic Institute's work for the European Topic Center on Biological Diversity (ETC BD).
Sandra Naumann's previous work includes projects focusing on biodiversity conservation and sustainable land use, such as the assessment of ecosystem-based approaches to mitigation and adaptation in the EU and German-speaking countries as well as green infrastructure, the economic and social benefits associated with the Natura 2000 Network, and the elaboration of practices and policies to combat land and ecosystem degradation and desertification at the global level (LEDDRA). From 2014 to early 2015, she was a member of the expert group on “Nature based solutions and renaturing cities” commissioned by the European Commission Directorate-General for Research.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, Sandra Naumann worked as a research scientist at the Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) on agri-environmental indicators. From 2004 to 2005 she worked for the German Development Service (DED, now GIZ) in Bolivia, focusing on rural development and natural resource management. In 2003 Sandra Naumann worked at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) in Berlin in the area of ecological economics and environmental policy.
Sandra Naumann studied Geoecology at the University of Potsdam, focusing on ecology and nature conservation, environmental management, and economics. In her diploma thesis she analyzed geoecological problems and opportunities for sustainable land use in watershed areas. This work was done in cooperation with the University of Cauca (Colombia).
In her spare time, Sandra Naumann also engages in environmental and development policy education.