Dr Kate Schreckenberg BA, MSc, PhD, FHEA
Lecturer in Environmental Sciences
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Dr Kate Schreckenberg is Lecturer in Environmental Sciences within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.
My research deals with the challenges of achieving development for all in an environmentally sustainable way.
After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Botany and a Masters in Forestry from the University of Oxford, I spent a year in Burkina Faso on a German aid project doing land use planning with local communities. This was followed by two years working on sustainable tropical forest management with UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme in Paris. Keen to determine whether the economic value of natural resources was enough to underpin conservation, I studied for a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies on the supply and demand of non-timber forest products in Benin. On completion of my PhD in 1996, I became a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London, focusing on forest policy research. In 2009, a desire to balance my research with teaching brought me to the Centre for Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton.
I have written 25 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 70 other publications. In addition to research and teaching, I coordinate the Centre for Underutilised Crops and have advised the government on forests and climate change.