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Lucy Olivia Smith

Lucy Olivia Smith

MA (International Relations)

Lucy O. Smith is a Researcher at Ecologic Institute and works on issues related to environmental crime, with specific interest in wildlife crime and biodiversity conservation. She also works on ocean governance issues related to plastic and litter pollution. Lucy is a native English speaker and is conversational in French and German.

Lucy O. Smith works in a co-management role of the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project, European Action to Fight Environmental Crime (EFFACE). For EFFACE, she conducts research on the trade and trafficking of wild flora and fauna and evaluates the corresponding social and economic impacts of illegal trade. Within EFFACE, she also conducts research on the role of NGOs and other non-legal actors in combating environmental crime. She is contributing research on climate change mitigation and adaptation in the Atlantic region for the FP7 project, Towards an Atlantic Area? Mapping Trends, Perspectives and Interregional Dynamics between Europe, Africa and the Americas (Atlantic Future). On marine issues, Lucy O. Smith is evaluating the existing institutional and legal framework to manage marine litter for the FP7 project New Tools and Policy Options to Improve the Management of Marine Litter (CleanSea).

Prior to working at Ecologic Institute, Lucy Smith worked at the United Nations International Labour Office, Geneva Switzerland, where she helped launch the Rural Employment and Decent Work Programme. She also worked on a small team to prepare the ILO for participation in the UN Secretary-General's High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis.

Lucy Smith holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), having focused on food security and development. In her Master's thesis, she analyzed social entrepreneurial strategies to combat hunger and malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Lucy O. Smith is interested in the interface of contemporary art, the environment and science. She is particularly passionate about radical multidisciplinary approaches and is co-founder of Platform-Berlin a mobile art installation project showing socially responsive art on Berlin's underground rail line.