Speaker: Marisa Beck
Inter/trans/and multidisciplinarity are academia’s trending buzzwords. It is widely understood that tackling complex issues such as climate change, global security, and global justice require researchers to think outside of their disciplinary paradigms and find new and constructive ways to cooperate with colleagues from other disciplines.
As a PhD candidate at a school that is committed to multidisciplinarity and supported by a doctorate committee made up of scholars trained in diverse fields, I investigate questions in climate change governance that do not neatly fit any one disciplinary agenda and methodology. Over the past three years, I have thus come to enjoy the perks and navigate the challenges of practicing transdisciplinarity on the ground. In this seminar, I talk about the experiences I made along this on-going journey.
Marisa started her Global Governance PhD at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo in 2012, specializing in Global Environmental Governance. In her doctorate research Marisa is investigating the development and use of formal integrated assessment modeling for climate change governance. Before coming to Waterloo, Marisa was working as an analyst for global carbon markets with a leading market research and information provider for clean energy and carbon markets in London, UK. She had previously received a graduate degree in business from the University of Mannheim in Germany and an MSc in environmental policy from the London School of Economics. From September 2014 to September 2015 Marisa was a visiting researcher with the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.