MSc Student

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Education Katharina Bitzan completed her BA in geography at the University of Cambridge in 2013, focusing both on aspects of physical and human geography. She is pursuing an MSc in socio-ecological economics and policy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and completed a semester abroad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joined DITSL in order to conduct her MSc thesis in the frame of the RELOAD project.
Career Katharina has completed internships in Kenya and Austria. Alongside her studies, she was engaged in student organizations focused on environmental concerns including deforestation, recycling and carbon management.
Research
Her main research interests are the interactions and interrelationships within socio-ecological systems and global food systems. Her MSc research was undertaken as part of on-going transdisciplinary/action research with PhD student Katharine Tröger. Katharina specifically conducted an actor analysis with a focus on gender, to characterize the social landscape in which people contributing to small-scale pineapple supply chains in Uganda create their livelihoods.
Experience Abroad
Kenya and Uganda