About Me

My name is Birgit Kopainsky. I am a systems thinker and modeler with a passion for learning in and about food and other social-ecological systems.

  • PhD in agricultural economics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Diploma degree in geography and environmental studies from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Excellence award of the Faculty of Science, University of Zurich for master thesis.

In my research, I explore the role that system dynamics analysis and modeling techniques play in facilitating transformation processes in social-ecological systems, such as the transition towards sustainable agri-food systems on local, national and international levels.

My goal is to provide guidelines for learning about complex dynamic systems and for making information about climate change, agriculture and food security both accessible and relevant for action. I work both in Europe and in several sub-Saharan African countries.

I am particularly passionate about engaging with a wide range of stakeholders by creatively adapting proven tools and techniques from systems thinking and system dynamics modeling to advance decision-making in social ecological systems and to achieve breakthrough moments of understanding for those stakeholders to become champions of change towards resilience and sustainability.

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