Pia van Ackern
MA Political Science/International Public Management
Project Manager

Pia van Ackern is a Project Manager at adelphi. Her research and advisory activities focus on extractive resources, resources and conflict, foreign policy and diplomacy, as well as climate and security.

Pia has experience in the design and implementation of national and international research and consultation projects. In recent years, her work has dealt extensively with questions of responsible resource governance and climate diplomacy, with a focus on policy analysis and recommendations. Pia also has experience in the development and conduct of interactive workshops and training sessions. In general, her work has specialised on Latin America.

Among other things, Pia is currently investigating the impact of the mining sector on the environment and society in different regional contexts, as well as the impact of climate change on mining. She also deals with human rights risks in commodity supply chains in various sectors of the economy. In addition, Pia is active in the field of knowledge transfer in climate diplomacy. She conducts training sessions on climate and security as well as resource conflicts.

Prior to joining adelphi, Pia worked for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the Division for Displacement and Migration. She also worked in human rights and development cooperation for the German Embassy in Colombia, as well as in in public relations and campaigning for an environmental organisation in Sydney, Australia.

Pia holds a master's degree in Political Science/International Public Management from the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po Paris) and the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science (Freie Universität Berlin). Her studies focussed on resource conflict and international governance and migration. She carried out qualitative on-site interviews for her master's thesis on mining conflicts in Peru.

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