Dr Lulu Zhang is an Associate Programme Officer at UNU-FLORES. Her research at UNU aims to unlock the potential of land to produce food, energy, and clean water, and to store carbon in meeting future demand without further depleting finite natural resources.
Lulu started her career in academia with a personal grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for her PhD, where her work focused on the effects of land-based interventions in watersheds on water ecosystem services and interconnected characters of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Since joining UNU, Lulu further developed her expertise in evaluating the state of land and water resources and potential environmental and socioeconomic consequences of their uses under global change conditions. She leads several research projects in different regions, including China, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Germany.
As a member of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC) and the European Society of Soil Conservation (ESSC), Lulu has professional experience in transdisciplinary work, and with her multiple appointments, has also gained expertise in policy deliberation. In addition, she also provided consultancy services to the German Development Agency (GIZ) for Asian country stakeholders in water resource management.