Susanah Stoessel was an Associate of Ecologic Institute. As a Researcher at Ecologic Institute Berlin she focused on governance and Arctic policy and has worked in various areas, including reform of governance structures and mechanisms, adaptation strategies in the Arctic environment, policy pathways to a green economy, and development of future scenarios, from 2009 to 2013. Susanah is a native English speaker, is fluent in German, and has basic knowledge of French.
In the field of International Environmental Governance (IEG), Susanah contributed to a study commissioned by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) examining the current system for financing IEG and options for its improvement. Other projects on IEG have included the International Environmental Governance (InEG) Project under the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research's (BMBF) funding priority for social-ecological research, and a report on the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) as a possible model for international environmental governance reform, commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Projects in the fields of green economy and the Arctic include: the One Planet Economy Network: Europe (OPEN: EU) research project, funded within the European Commission's (EC) 7th Framework Programme (FP7), and the EU Arctic Footprint and Policy Assessment, funded through EC's Environment Directorate-General.
Susanah helped to coordinate the Transatlantic Program as well as FP7 research activities at Ecologic Institute. Susanah was also active on the management team of the Konrad von Moltke Fund, which provides international mobility grants for young researchers from around the world. From fall 2008 through spring 2009, Susanah worked as Ecologic Institute's first Konrad von Moltke Fellow, during which time she studied the ongoing efforts to reform the United Nations' institutional framework for environmental governance and supported the organization of the Global Environmental Governance Forum in Glion (Switzerland).
Prior to her arrival at Ecologic Institute, Susanah was Project Manager of the Global Environmental Governance (GEG) Project’s United Nations Environmental History Project. During that time, she also worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant with the GEG Project’s Director, Dr. Maria Ivanova, focusing on the institutional framework for environmental governance within the UN system.
Susanah earned a bachelor's degree in American studies at the College of William and Mary. During her time at William and Mary, she studied abroad for a semester at Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands and worked in the College’s Global Education Office.