Stephanie Wunder works as a Senior Fellow and Coordinator for Land Use Policy and Food Systems. Her work focuses on the sustainable use of land as well as the sustainable use of biomass for energy, feed and food and the transition towards sustainable food systems. She also works on the question of how social innovations can contribute to sustainability transformations. Stephanie Wunder works in English and German and has basic knowledge of Russian and French.
Her projects at Ecologic Institute cover a wide variety of topics for clients such as the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the European Commission (EC). As part of her research on sustainable land use, she currently leads the project Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals for Soil and Rural Urban Nexus – Global Sustainable Land Use and Urbanization. Within the GLOBALANDS project she coordinated the work on an International Governance screening of urban policies and their impacts on land use and a comprehensive Governance screening of global land use.
As part of her work on transition processes towards more sustainable societies Stephanie Wunder also leads the project From Nishe to mainstream – How to spread sustainable practices, which developed an evaluation system to highlight the contribution of civil society initiatives towards sustainability and sustainability transformations.
Stephanie Wunder frequently teaches for different international University programs. For instance, since 2014, she annually teaches a course on "The Global Ecological Crisis" as part of University of Colorado Denver's (UC Denver) Sustainability in Berlin study abroad program. She is also a guest lecturer for Duke University's Berlin Program (link is external). In 2008, she was a visiting professor at the University of Colorado Denver's Graduate School of International Studies, where she taught a course on "The Global Energy Crisis."
Prior to her employment at Ecologic Institute, Stephanie Wunder worked in the Department for Landscape Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin, Germany). In 2006, she spent half a year in Brussels (Belgium) with the European Commission (EC) in the German and Austrian Rural Development Division of the Directorate General Agriculture.
Stephanie Wunder earned a degree in landscape planning from TU Berlin with a focus on environmental policy. She graduated with distinction.