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Dr. Grit Martinez

Dr. Grit Martinez

Doctor of Philosophy (History)
MBA (Master of Business Administration)
Coordinator Coastal and Marine Studies
Senior Fellow

Dr. Grit Martinez is a Senior Fellow and coordinates the coastal and marine studies at the Ecologic Institute. She is an Associate Research Professor in the department of Anthropology at the College of Behavioral Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, Washington D.C. and has been until February 2015 an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, a faculty of Duke University in North Carolina. Grit Martinez is an environmental historian and works in interdisciplinary contexts and across the borders of the humanities, social and natural sciences. Her research interest lies in the influence of historic path dependencies and cultural values on contemporary human perceptions and behavior towards environmental changes, mainly in coastal and marine regions. She has specific expertise in climate change adaptation, risk management, and integrated coastal zone management. With a strong background - both applied academic research and advocacy – she works and has worked with stakeholders (end-users, policy makers and scientist) in urban and rural areas in Europe, North- and Latin America. Grit Martinez works in English and Spanish. Her mother tongue is German.

Grit Martinez leads several work packages in EU-funded research projects of the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG Research & Innovation), Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG Climate) and the Baltic Sea Research and Development Programme (BONUS). Currently these include Bottom Up Adaptation Strategies throughout Europe (BASE), Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – Tool Kit (RISC-KIT) and Reducing nutrient loadings from agricultural soils to the Baltic Sea via groundwaters and streams (SOILS2SEA). From 2009 to 2014 she coordinated the project Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast (RADOST) within the research initiative Managing climate change in the regions of the future (KLIMZUG).

She is a member of the faculty of Ecologic Institute at Duke University's Berlin program where she teaches for the course, Environmental Policy in Europe. She is also a mentor for American young professionals in the transatlantic program of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program, for young climate experts from developing countries in the International Climate Protection Fellowships of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and for undergraduates in the Deans' Summer Research Fellowships of Duke University. 

Previously Grit Martinez worked in the branch of scientific publications of Bertelsmann Cooperation where she was responsible for outreach and publications of programs.

She holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Manchester Business School (United Kingdom) and spent a semester at the University of Southern California (USA). Her MBA was supported by the Rotary Foundation. Grit Martinez obtained her doctorate in contemporary history from the faculty of philosophy at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany).

Grit Martinez is a member of the Associated Consultants Network (WACN) of the Water Integrity Network (WIN). More information on her research can be found at academia.edu.