Magdalena Svetlana Rodekirchen
Magdalena graduated from the University of Manchester with a MSc in International Development: Environment, Climate Change and Development (Distinction). They received an award by the School of Social Sciences to complete their PhD, commencing in January 2019.
Their master’s degree centred on gender and environment research, with a particular focus on environmental conservation and climate change mitigation. To this effect, Magdalena’s thesis developed an intersectional lens for analyzing the discursive and material dimensions of payments for ecosystem services.
Magdalena worked for various research projects at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) in Berlin, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)/ Amazon Fund for Climate Protection and Forest Conservation in Brazil as well as civil society organizations focusing on sustainable development.
Research (working) title
Towards an intersectional analysis of human-nature relations in feminist political ecology: bridging the divide between the post-colonial and the posthuman
Magdalena’s research is located within feminist political ecology and the emerging field of critical post-humanities, with a particular interest in intersectionality, decolonization and research in more-than-human worlds.
Against the backdrop of challenges in researching intersectionality, on the one hand, and the post-political framing of climate change, on the other hand, Magdalena aims to develop an intersectional research practice that brings into conversation post-colonial and posthuman strands within intersectional research. Their research, which mainly proposes theoretical and methodological advances, draws on the COVID-19 pandemic as an event to highlight the frictions and synergies between post-colonial and posthuman entanglements.
Magdalena is interested in ontological, epistemological and methodological challenges of researching multi-dimensional systems of inequalities and difference in the context of environmental politics.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH/ Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (eds.) (2019) Effectiveness Evaluation Report: Bolsa Floresta Project (Bolsa Floresta). Final Report, April 2019. Available online.