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Lise is a DPhil candidate in International Development. Her research explores the contribution of indigenous knowledge to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in developing countries, with particular attention to coastal areas and sustainable water management.
Her academic background is interdisciplinary, having received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Political Science (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), an MA in International Affairs (University of Ottawa, Canada), and currently pursuing research that bridges the social sciences (development studies, anthropology, international relations) with the natural sciences (geography, earth sciences, engineering).
Over the last five years, Lise has gained progressive experience in NGO management, programming, public policy and international development practice. Her previous postings include Refugee Help (a humanitarian NGO based in Paris), Louvain Coopération, where she worked on environmental integration in food and economic security programmes, and the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the UN in New York, where she has been active in the negotiations on the Global Pact for the Environment, humanitarian affairs and debates in international law.
Aside from her research, Lise is currently a project manager for the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, a sustainable development consultancy, where she conducts research on climate change adaptation in Hong Kong. She also works as an assistant for Oxford Climate Policy, a not-for-profit company facilitating South-South and North-South dialogue in international climate negotiations under the UNFCC. Since November 2018, she hsa been a World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper.