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Hanna Dijkstra is PhD candidate looking at the societal and business case for preventing plastic pollution and managing marine litter. She work within the Environmental Economics department of the Institute for Environmental Studies at the Vrije Universiteit. She is involved in research activities, teaching assistance and is working within a consortium of EU stakeholders to advance research and methods to manage marine litter and pollution (CLAIM project website : http://www.claim-h2020project.eu/)

Master's program: Environment and Resource Management
- Course assistant for Valuation of Ecosystem Services: supported with course organisation,
projects and grading during years (2017-present)
- Lectures: 'Multi-criteria analysis methodology', 'Sustainable business models'

Master's program: Earth Sciences, track Global Environmental Change and Policy
- Course assistant for Methods: field work support for 10 day research trip to Tenerife
- Lectures: 'Socio-economic surveys on Pacific islands'

She previously was a junior researcher in the Environmental Economics department at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). She had researched the effectiveness of marine-protected areas (MPAs) and conducted scoping reports for WWF's case study sites of the Zambezi river basin and the Chaco-Pantanal. 

Hanna conducted field research in Palau for her MSc thesis, as part of a larger project funded by BMUB and spearheaded by The Nature Conservancy, looking at ecosystem based adaptation (EbA) in Pacific islands. Her project focused on socio-economic valuation of the ecosystem, and included a choice experiment as well as an extensive household survey. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara and double majored in Environmental Studies and Communication. 


Sustainable business models; plastic management; circular economy; sustainable entrepreneurship; corporate social responsibility; marine litter; waste hierarchy; ecosystem services; economic valuation; community adaptation; household surveys.


2016: MSc Environment and Resource Management (Cum Laude), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2014: BA Environmental Studies & BA Communication (Distinction), University of California, Santa Barbara.


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social capital Earth & Environmental Sciences
finance Earth & Environmental Sciences
climate change Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
nature conservation Earth & Environmental Sciences
resource Earth & Environmental Sciences
household survey Earth & Environmental Sciences
stakeholder Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2016 2019

Community-based adaptation to climate change in small island developing states: an analysis of the role of social capital

Hagedoorn, L. C., Brander, L. M., van Beukering, P. J. H., Dijkstra, H. M., Franco, C., Hughes, L., Gilders, I. & Segal, B., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Climate and Development.

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social capital
climate change
household survey
quantitative analysis
nature conservation