Nina Zander

Policy Advisor

Nina was born in 1995 in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where she left as soon as she finished high school. She has lived in Australia, studied in Utrecht, and then moved to Rotterdam to finalize her studies.

Nina completed a BSc in Psychology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, after which she further developed through a pre-master in Human Geography and Spatial Planning. With this background, she was able to start her Master’s degree in International Development Studies at the University of Utrecht. For this master’s degree, she conducted her graduation research on Bonaire in collaboration with the DCNA. This research focused on household resilience to climate change vulnerabilities on Bonaire (click this link to read more about Nina’s research).

Despite Nina’s focus on human nature during her studies, she has always had an interest in other nature as well – although switching to psychology she started her academic career with a BSc in Biology at the University of Utrecht, grew up surrounded by nature, and wishes to one day live in nature remotely and self-sufficient. In the future, she hopes to use her background in psychology and sociology to support nature conservation.

After finalizing her masters’ degree, she did this by replacing the DCNA’s Project Officer Dahlia Hassell – Knijff during her maternity leave. In April 2023, Nina took up the new position of policy advisor. For the moment, Nina works from Rotterdam, but she aspires to return to the (Dutch) Caribbean soon.

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