Sophie Herbert joined Ecologic Institute in 2007, where she currently works as a researcher. Her field of work covers biodiversity, forest and rural development policies as well as the cross-cutting topic of "green infrastructure" (green areas or ecosystems and connecting elements in urban and rural landscapes as a whole). A Belgian citizen, Sophie is a native speaker of French and Dutch but also works in both English and German.
Sophie is currently working on the evaluation of options for the implementation and efficiency of an EU green infrastructure strategy and on the design and cost of existing green infrastructure projects. Some of the past projects she has worked on dealt with the development of policy options for European forest protection and threshold values applied to soil erosion and degradation processes. Within a European research project (FP7), she has organised a stakeholder workshop on bridging the gap between science and practice and is developing guidelines for the involvement of practitioners over the course of research projects.
In 2008 Sophie Herbert worked with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), an international conservation NGO. Her work there touched upon the role of nature conservation and biodiversity protection in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.
She studied political science in Brussels and Berlin focusing on European politics, political sociology and European environmental policy. She won the Alumni Faculty prize for her final thesis covering the use of symbols in political architecture and their role in the identification and interaction with urban surroundings.