Waters, Eleanor

Project Assistant

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  • Eleanor Waters
    Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability & Adaptation Section

    Research Interests

    • Climate change adaptation
    • Climate Risk Insurance
    • Loss & Damage


    • M.A., Human Rights and Democratisation at the European Inter-University Centre in Venice, Italy and at the University of Vienna, Austria
    • B.A., International Relations at the University of British Columbia


    • 2006 to date: Member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
    • 2001-2007: Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Services Research

    Biographical Statement

    Ms. Waters is Project Assistant for the Environmental Migration and Social Vulnerability and Adaptation (EMSVA) section, working specifically on the MCII project. For MCII, she is involved in research with a focus on climate risk insurance for the poor and vulnerable.

    Prior to her engagement at the UNU, Ms. Waters worked as a consultant at the German Development Institute on policy issues related to non-economic loss and damage. Among her many passions are indigenous rights, climate justice and gender equality.

    Ms. Waters completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at the University of British Columbia, and her graduate degree in Human Rights from the European Inter-University Centre. She has been awarded for her published Master’s thesis, ‘Arctic Voices from the Frontlines of a Warming World: The role of indigenous knowledge in the climate change discourse,’ and has co-authored policy papers on the topic of non-economic loss and damages from climate change. She has been involved in theatre activism to raise awareness about women’s rights and is also trained in electoral observation.

    Ms. Waters is fluent in English and German.

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