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Dr. Lea Kliem


M. Sc. Nature, Society & Environmental Policy

Lea Kliem's mission: to explore how an agricultural- and food systems transition can combine ecological sustainability and social justice. As an expert in sustainable food and agriculture, she is involved in projects on food policy, urban gardening and the ecological and social impacts of digitalizing agriculture.

In her dissertation, she investigated how seeds as commons can contribute to the democratization and resiliency of agriculture. In addition to her research, Lea Kliem is involved in the Berlin Food Council to actively shape Berlin's food policy.


Main focus

  • Sustainable agriculture and food systems
  • Agro-environmental policy
  • Digitalization of agriculture
  • Urban gardens and parks


  • Since 10/2016: Researcher at the IÖW
  • 07/2016 – 09/2016: Intern at the IÖW
  • 04/2016 – 07/2016: Intern at the German Parliament, Parliamentary Office of Annalena Baerbock
  • 01/2015 – 07/2015: Consultancy Assistant at the International NGO Training and Research Centre, Oxford, UK


  • 06/2018 – 12/2023: Doctoral Degree in Economics, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • 02 – 05/2020: Visiting Researcher, University of British Columbia, Vancouver 
  • 10/2013 – 09/2014: Master of Science in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy, University of Oxford
  • 08/2010 – 05/2013: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Social and Cognitive Psychology, Jacobs University, Bremen

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