Guest Researcher

Olivia Adamson is visiting the IRI THESys as one of the recipients of the 2021 Green Talents Award, hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. During her stay, she will be inquiring into food systems from two different angles: the first one being the global context, exploring human-nature relationships, ideas from political ecology and environmental and human health outcomes. The second angle is climate action through food systems from a grassroots level. Olivia is also interested in the role of academia and the interactions between science and policy-making. Olivia will be hosted by Ina Säumel and Tobias Krüger.

Olivia completed both her Bachelors and Masters of Science (Research) degrees at the University of Waikato, in New Zealand. Her research was part of a multidisciplinary and collaborative effort to better understand how soil, vegetation, hydrology and land-use management/change interact to influence water quality. The main focus of the project was to investigate the impact of different vegetation types on the attenuation of nitrate throughout the length of a riparian band.

Research Interests

  • Improving food systems for better environmental outcomes and human health
  • Enhancing ecosystem health, particularly in agricultural landscapes; biodiversity, soil and water quality
  • Climate action from both bottom-up and top-down perspectives

Social Media

Find Olivia on LinkedIn and check her Green Talents Award profile.