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Katriona McGlade

Katriona McGlade

MSc (International Development)
BA (Hispanic and Latin American Studies)

Katriona McGlade joined Ecologic Institute in 2010 where she works on climate change adaptation, international development, marine and water policy. Her primary interest is in governance issues such as transboundary cooperation, inter-sectoral coordination, and the role of stakeholder engagement in shaping policy outcomes. Katriona is a native English speaker and is fluent in German, Spanish, French and Catalan. She has a basic knowledge of Italian and is studying Arabic.

Katriona is active in a number of projects relating to climate change adaptation. She currently leads the analysis of governance and stakeholder interaction structures to design target-group specific adaptation measures in the Policy Mix for an updated Adaptation Action Plan for the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Katriona also coordinates the transfer of knowledge and dissemination of research results in the four-year research project Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe (BASE) under the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme (FP7).

Katriona's academic background provides a strong basis for engaging in projects that address environmental issues beyond Europe's borders. From 2010 until 2012, Katriona was part of the research team in the three-year European research project Climate Change, Hydro-conflicts and Human Security (CLICO) in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel region. Her research included field work in Morocco and focused on the effectiveness of policies for adaptation to climate related impacts on water and human security. Katriona has also carried out research on India, both in an analysis of the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing of genetic resources, and in a study on Intellectual Property Rights and Fighting Poverty under Ecologic Institute's framework contract with the European Parliament's Development Committee (DEVE).

Katriona has a strong interest in the marine environment and has been involved in a number of projects relating to marine governance. She is currently contributing to marine governance issues in the research project Policy-orientated marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas (PERSEUS). Previously, she investigated the consideration of environmental and social criteria within the European Unions's (EU) Common Fisheries Policy subsidies regime and carried out a review of International Approaches to the Integrated Assessment of Aquatic Ecosystems for the German UBA in support of the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). She also coordinated stakeholder involvement in Cooperation across the Atlantic for Marine Governance Integration (CALAMAR), a transatlantic dialogue process on marine governance between the EU and the United States of America (USA).

In addition to her research activities, Katriona is responsible for coordinating Ecologic Institute's role in the British German Environment Forum (BGEF) which facilitates exchange and discussion on issues of common environmental concern between the two countries. Katriona is also actively involved in the design and communication of Ecologic Institute's research results. She contributes to the development of policy briefs and innovative dissemination tools, including a video presentation of Ecologic Institute, and teaches visiting students from Mexico at the ITESM Summer School on Environment and Sustainability.

Before joining Ecologic Institute, Katriona worked on youth-led development projects in the United Kingdom (UK) for the British Trust of Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and Environmental Vision (Envision).

Katriona has worked and studied in a number of European and Latin American countries. She holds a Master of Science (MSc) in International Development from the University of Birmingham (UK) where she focused on the evaluation and sustainability of youth-led international development programmes and conflict and disaster management. She has studied and carried out research work  in several European and Latin American countries and also has a Bachelors Degree (BA Hons) in Hispanic and Latin American Studies from Bristol University (UK). Katriona was awarded the Cervantes Prize and the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Prize, both for outstanding achievement in her field.