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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Barriers to adaptation

Marina is a doctoral student at the Department of Geography at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her main research interests are socio-economic determinants of development, adaptation to climate change and economic damages from extreme and slow onset events.


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This doctoral thesis uses data-driven approaches to assesses temporal evolution of barriers to climate change adaptation. Understanding barriers is crucial for a more complete understanding of future climate impacts, as the potential for adaptation and the level of vulnerability can only be accurately assessed by taking into account socio-economic constraints to adaptation, such as poverty, lack of capacity, poor governance, or knowledge and information gaps.

Using modern econometric methods, the first stage the project aims to expand the so-called Shared Socioeconomic Pathways scenarios with governance indicators. In the second and the third stage, the aim is to develop methodology to calculate indicators of sectoral adaptation capacity, which would facilitate better understanding of limits to adaptation and consequent loss and damage.

Marina graduated in Socio-ecological Economics and Policy (MSc) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and Financial Management (BA) from the University of Sarajevo. She is currently doing her PhD as a part of the junior research group EmBARK, a consortium project between Humboldt University in Berlin and Climate Analytics. Prior to this she was research assistant at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital in Vienna.


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Marina Andrijevic, Doctoral Researcher
THESys Graduate Program
Phone: +49 30 2093 66331
E-mail: marina.andrijevic@hu-berlin.de