Barbara Burkel is a Research Analyst working at adelphi on the topic area urban transformation. In various research projects, she addresses current issues of global urban governance as well as the potential of climate action and adaptation in cities and communities worldwide.
Prior to her time at adelphi, Barbara worked for the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) where she supported a sub-project of the Helmholtz Alliance „EnergyTrans“ which dealt with social and political challenges of the German energy transition. She provided assistance with the organisation of international workshops and conferences. In her work for the environmental and development organisation Germanwatch, she supported the development of recommendations for the project “Sino-European Partnership on Low Carbon and Sustainable Urban Development” which aimed at fostering cooperation in the field of climate change and low carbon urban development between China, Germany, and the EU. Prior to that, she gained practical experience in environmental and urban planning at the eco-city Auroville in India where she assisted the botanical gardens masterplan revision with GIS data collection. In addition, as volunteer at the NGO Udavi in Chennai, India as part of the development volunteer programme "weltwärts" through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Barbara gained her first practical experience in the field of international cooperation. Due to various research projects and stays abroad, her regional focus lies on South Asia.
Barbara completed the double master programme Environmental Policy and Planning at the Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from the Hafen City Hamburg Universität and spent a semester abroad in Istanbul, Turkey. During her studies, she specialized in climate policy and urban development. For her master’s thesis, she evaluated the upscaling potential of local climate protection projects in New Delhi, India.