Dr. Elke Kellner is a Marie Curie Fellow focusing on sustainable resource governance. The aim of her work is to understand how complex multi-level trade-offs are managed in multi-actor, multi-interest governance systems in UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Grand Canyon, US; Yosemite Park, US; and Jungfrau-Aletsch, Switzerland). The goal is to bring knowledge into action by designing research through co-production processes and to inform policies and decision-makers that improve outcomes for people and nature.
As a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), she has developed an interdisciplinary research program that emphasizes the governance of equitable and ecologically sustainable access and use of water, transcending multiple spatial and temporal scales. Her studies focused on how institutions and political dynamics influence decision-making and structure collective action in resource systems, how governance systems deal with trade-off situations to reach climate change mitigation and adaptation, and how they adapt to changing conditions such as climate and socio-economic change. In her PhD in Climate Science at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Switzerland, she has focused on governance processes of dam projects in the Swiss Alps in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Her research has been published in journals including Environmental Science & Policy, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Earth’s Future, WIREs Water, and Sustainability Science.