Dr. Signe Nelgen



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Signe joined the Sustainable Lifestyles team of the CSCP in 2021 and is a project manager with focus on the evaluation of behaviour change for more sustainability. Signe’s core competencies and interests lie in the area of sustainability strategies, particularly in the context of sustainable food production and consumption, agricultural value chains, international development, and food security.

Prior to this, she worked at Geisenheim University on an EU project called SUSCHOICE, researching the preferences for sustainable food and beverages among young adults in Europe, developing strategies towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon and green food economy within the EU. Before then, she has worked on a wide range of projects, such as data-intensive global trade and market policy projects, food security projects in several Asian and African countries, food consumer behaviour projects using qualitative methods, and local nature conservation projects also related to wine-growing in Germany. Signe has worked in many countries in Asia and Africa, and lived and worked abroad for a decade, in Australia, Kenya, the USA and Italy, before moving back to Germany. Contributing to food security in developing countries and increasing sustainability in agriculture was priority while working for several international organisations, including the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. She enjoys combining qualitative analysis with quantitative methods and is always interested in constructive exchanges in multicultural and multidisciplinary environments with consumers, producers, policy makers, researchers, and other stakeholders.

Signe completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide (2012) with focus being on agricultural value chains, policies and food security. Previous to that, she studied economics at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the University of Hamburg. Signe has more than 10 years of experience as a researcher, project manager, consultant and lecturer.

Signe is a German national.