Sandholz, Simone

Associate Academic Officer

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  • Simone Sandholz
    INSTITUTE:
    UNU-EHS
    OFFICE:
    Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning Section
    E-MAIL:
    sandholz@ehs.unu.edu
    PHONE:
    +49-228-815-0266
    NATIONALITY:
    Germany

    Research Interests

    • Climate change adaptation
    • Critical Infrastructure
    • Disaster risk reduction
    • Sustainable urban and regional development

    Education

    • Dr. rer.nat., Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Innsbruck, Austria
    • M.Eng. ‚Technology in the Tropics‘, Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany
    • Postgraduate studies in ‘Conservation and Preservation of Historic Monuments and Sites’, Faculty of Architecture, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany
    • Diploma in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Siegen, Germany

    Appointments

    • 2019: Co-Chair a.i. of the VARMAP Section at UNU-EHS
    • 2018 to Present: Co-Chair of the Eco-Disaster Risk Reduction Thematic Group within IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)
    • 2018 to Present: Member of the Editorial Board of the “Indonesian Journal of Geography”
    • 2018 to Present: Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal “Urban Planning”
    • 2018 to present: Representative of UNU-EHS in the Evaluation Commission of the Joint Master’s Programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security”
    • 2018 to Present: Member of the European Geosciences Union
    • 2016 to Present: Member of the Working Group on Natural Hazards and Risks within the German Geographical Association
    • 2015 to Present: Member of Innsbrucker Geographische Gesellschaft, Austria
    • 2013 to Present: Member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)
    • 2012 to Present: Member of the Working Group on Latin America within the German Geographical Association
    • 2009 to Present: Member of the Working Group on Urban Research in Developing Contexts within the German Geographical Association

    Biographical Statement

    Simone Sandholz is Associate Academic Officer in the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning (VARMAP) section of UNU-EHS. She holds a PhD in Geography, a Master degree in natural resources management and a Diploma in architecture and urban planning.

    In her research, Dr. Sandholz focuses on different aspects of future-oriented vulnerability and risk reduction with a focus on urban areas. Her two particular fields of expertise are urban and regional (re)development with a focus on critical infrastructures and nature-based solutions for urban disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, closely linked to the second research area on sociocultural aspects of sustainable development, namely place attachment, adaptive social protection, good governance and sustainable livelihood approaches, based on empirical social research methods.

    Dr. Sandholz has (co-)authored numerous research articles, books and book chapters, as well as policy and outreach publications. Besides being manager and lead researcher in different transdisciplinary research projects (e.g. COHERE, KIRMin and ASP), her tasks within the section include securing third-party funding, and supervision of team members, visiting scientists and master students. From April to December 2019, she acted as the ad-interim co-chair of the VARMAP section.

    On top of her teaching activities at UNU-EHS and UNU-MERIT (Maastricht, NL) Dr. Sandholz has vast teaching experience in different German and international universities (among others in Indonesia, Mexico and Nepal). She is representative of UNU-EHS in the Evaluation Commission of the Joint Master’s Programme ‘Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security’ with the University of Bonn as well as deputy member of the Academic Board. Furthermore she is co-developer of an open-source Masters Elective Course and a Massive Open Online Course on ‘Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate’ with related textbooks led by UN Environment.

    Dr. Sandholz has previously worked as assistant professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where she was part of the working groups ‘Development Studies and Sustainability Science’ and ‘Natural Hazards Research’. At TH Köln, Germany, she acted as scientific coordinator of the Center for Natural Resources and Development, a global university network involving researchers in 15 Asian, Latin American and African countries under the ‘Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation’ Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service and the Federal Ministry for Development and Cooperation (BMZ). She has conducted and coordinated research projects on urban resilience in Latin America and Asia, supported among others by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Eurasia-Pacific Uninet. She won scholarships for her MSc and PhD fieldwork projects, received awards for her theses and was awarded with the teaching prize of TH Köln in 2014.

  • Articles

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  • Articles

    • Lange, W., S. Sandholz, and U. Nehren (2017, forthcoming): Strengthening urban resilience through nature: The potential of ecosystem-based measures for reduction of landslide risk in Rio de Janeiro. Policy Focus Report, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
    • Coy, M., and S. Sandholz (2014): Brasilien: Entwicklungsland oder neue Führungsmacht? Ein regionaler Überblick. Praxis Geographie No. 03/14, 4 – 10.
    • Nehren, U., J. Subedi, I. Yanakieva, S. Sandholz, et.al (2013): Community perception on climate change and climate-related disaster preparedness in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Journal of Natural Resources and Development, 04, 35 – 57. DOI 10.5027/jnrd.v3i0.04
    • Khalifa, M., S. Sandholz (2012): Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges through Networks: An Innovative Educational Approach for Sustainability. International Journal of Environmental and Science Education 7/2, 343 – 360.

    Books

    • Sandholz, S. (2017): Urban Centres in Asia and Latin America – Heritage and Identities in Changing Urban Landscapes. Springer, Urban Book Series. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-43735-4
    • Nehren, U., K. Sudmeier-Rieux. S. Sandholz, M. Estrella, M. Lomarda, and T. Guillén (2014): The Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction Case Study and Exercise Source Book. CNRD und UNEP, ISBN 978-3-00-045844-6.
    • Gaese, H., U. Nehren, S. Sandholz (Eds.) (2010): Kulturlandschaften im globalen Klimawandel (Cultural Landscapes under Global Climate Change). Initiativen zum Umweltschutz, Band 79, Berlin, Erich Schmidt, ISBN 978-3-503-12616-3, 192p.

    Book Chapters

    • Coy, M., S. Sandholz, T. Töpfer, and F. Zirkl (2017): Brazilian suburbs: Places of marginality, informality, and exclusivity. In: A. Berger, Alan, J. Kotkin, Joel, and C. Balderas Guzmán (Eds.): Infinite Suburbia. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
    • Sandholz, S. (2016): Ecosystem potentials for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the urban landscape of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. In: F. Renaud, K. Sudmeier-Rieux, M. Estrella, and U. Nehren (Eds.): Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation in Practice. Springer, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, 335-360. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-43633-3_15
    • Montelongo, M., S. Sandholz, J. Hamhaber (2012): Sustainability through social capital in collective housing: the case of vecindades in Mexico, D.F. In: Sandner Le Gall, V., R. Wehrhahn (Eds.): Geographies of Inequality in Latin America. Kiel: Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel (Kieler Geographische Schriften, 123), ISBN 978-3-923887-65-1, 329 – 355.

    Reports

    • Lange, W., S. Sandholz, and U. Nehren (2018): Strengthening urban resilience through nature: The potential of ecosystem-based measures for reduction of landslide risk in Rio de Janeiro. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Working Paper WP18WL1, 1-56. Online: https://www.lincolninst.edu/sites/default/files/pubfiles/lange_wp18wl1.pdf