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Katarzyna (Kate) Negacz is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) working on governance for food systems and biodiversity. Her research focuses on non-state and sub-national actors in the global biodiversity governance and the potential of saline degraded lands for sustainable food production.

For more than 12 years she has been involved in research and practice related to sustainable development. She conducted research in Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.  She has published articles, reports, book chapters and policy brief on a variety of earth system governance issues, in particular biodiversity, salinity and sustainable consumption.

She has a background in Environment and Resource Management from VU Amsterdam, International Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics, and Law from the University of Warsaw. Her MSc thesis addressed the potential of food production on salinized, degraded lands within the framework of the Interreg SALFAR project. Katarzyna obtained her PhD degree in Economics from Warsaw School of Economics in 2019 for her thesis on the economic and cultural determinants of green consumption in Taiwan.

Katarzyna is currently working on the international biodiversity governance project BioSTAR with Philipp Pattberg and Oscar Widerberg in cooperation with the PBL (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency). She focuses on role of transnational cooperative initiatives with relevance for biodiversity.

She also coordinates SALAD project (Saline Agriculture as a Strategy to Adapt to Climate Change) which involves 11 partner institutions from six countries in Europe and Africa. It addresses the research area of food security under climate change through saline agriculture, aligning vision, research and practice among European and African countries focusing on saline agriculture upscaling.

Katarzyna is a coordinator for A1 course in the SENSE (Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment) network. 



Biodiversity governance, environmental policy, environmental economics, saline agriculture.


2019: PhD in Economics, Warsaw School of Economics.

2018: Master’s degree in Environment and Resource Management, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2015: Master’s degree in Law, University of Warsaw

2012: Master’s degree in International Economics, Warsaw School of Economics

2009: Bachelor’s degree in International Economics, Warsaw School of Economics

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Coordinator for SENSE A1 and A2 course

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In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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