Grit Martinez

Dr. Grit Martinez is a Senior Research Fellow at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, an independent, academic think tank for environmental research and policy analysis.

With academic roots in the social science and humanities (history, language, literature and economics), her research interest lies in social and culturally shaped perceptions and dealings with environmental risks and climate change in particular. She also works on the challenges of interdisciplinary collaborations amongst the social sciences and humanities & natural science, engineering and life sciences. She is a native German speaker, is fluent in English and Spanish, and has a basic knowledge of French and Russian. Her publications can be found at Researchgate.

Grit is a member of the faculty of Ecologic Institute at Duke University's Berlin program where she teaches the course, Environmental Policy in Europe. She is also a mentor for American young professionals in the transatlantic program of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program, for young climate experts from developing countries in the International Climate Protection Fellowships of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and for undergraduates in the Deans' Summer Research Fellowships of Duke University.

Since 2015, Grit is also Associate Research Professor at the Department
of Anthropology.

Selected Publications:

Martinez, G., Armaroli, C., Costas, S., Harley, D. M., Paolisso, M., Experiences and results from interdisciplinary collaboration: Utilizing
qualitative information to formulate disaster risk reduction measures for coastal regions, Coastal Engineering,  October 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.09.010

Costas S., Ferreira ,O., Martinez G., Why do we decide to live with risk at the coast? Ocean and Coastal Management, Ocean & Coastal Management, Volume 118, Part A, December 2015, Pages 1-11,

Bray, D., Martinez, G., Climate Change Lore and Its Implications for Climate Science: Post-science deliberation?  Futures, Volume 66, February 2015, Pages 54–69

Martinez, G., Paolisso, J.M., 2015, Cultural Dynamics of Adaptation to Climate Change: An Example from the East Coast of the US. In: Sommer, B. (ed.): Cultural Dynamics of Climate Change and the Environment in Northern America. Climate and Culture 3. Leiden: Brill, pp.304-332.

Martinez, G.; Frick, F.; Gee, K.: Socioeconomic and cultural issues in the planning, implementation and transfer of adaptation measures to climate change. The example of two communities on the German Baltic Sea Coast, in: Martinez, G.; Fröhle, P.; Meier, H.-J. (eds.): Social dimension of climate change adaptation in coastal regions, volume 5, München: oekom publishing, Pgs. 203-219, 2015.

Bray, D., Martinez, G.: A survey of the perceptions of regional political decision makers concerning climate change and adaptation in
the German Baltic Sea region, International BALTEX Secretariat. ISSN 1681-6471, Publication No. 50.

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