Simone Sandholz




Academic Background:

PhD Candidate, University of Innsbruck, Topic of PhD research: „Contribution of Urban Renewal towards Sustainable Urban Planning - Place attachment in different cultural contexts"

2001 –2003: Cologne University of Applied Sciences; Postgraduate Master Course (M.Eng.) "Technology in the Tropics", Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics

1999 –2003: Cologne University of Applied Sciences; Postgraduate Course "Conservation and Preservation of Historic Monuments and Sites", Faculty of Architecture

1993 –1999: University of Siegen; Diploma in Architecture (Dipl.-Ing.), Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning

Professional Experience:

since March 2012: Research staff at Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck

July 2003 – June 2012: Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany, responsibilities (amongst others):

Msc thesis supervision in the areas of urban and regional planning. Lecturer in MSc programme, topics: Ecosystem Management and Nature Conservation, Ecosystem Based Disaster Risk Reduction, Urban and regional Planning

08/2009 - 06/2012 Coordination of “Center for Natural Resources and Development”, funding: BMZ in programme "Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation"

07/2005 – 06/2008: Project Coordination "Open Spaces in Megacities – Potential for Nature Orientated Living", Recife, Brazil, Funding: BMBF

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Disasters kill people, destroy infrastructure, damage ecosystems and undermine development. Climate change is expected to aggravate existing disaster risks. Ecosystem-based approaches for disaster risk reduction can be a strategy with multiple benefits.

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