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Rafaella Ferraz Ziegert


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Rafaella Ferraz Ziegert 

Professur für Forst- und Umweltpolitik
Tennenbacher Str. 4
D - 79106 Freiburg i. Br.
Room 4069
Telefon: (0761) 47661251



Rafaella Ferraz Ziegert is a research associate and Ph.D. researcher at the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy. She holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Governance from the University of Freiburg, and a BA in Development Studies with French from the University of Sussex, UK, including a year abroad at Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence, France, where she studied Political Sciences. In Brazil, Rafaella also completed a Postgraduate degree in Social-Psychology from FESP.

Prior to her current position, Rafaella has worked in different international contexts such as in Brazil (sustainability consultancy firms), Malaysia (Bioversity research institute), and Germany (UNFCCC and UNSSC), gaining experience and knowledge in research, impact assessments, learning and training, and stakeholder engagement in the areas of sustainability, development cooperation, environment and climate change.

At the Chair, Rafaella's research focuses particularly on analyzing trade-offs and synergies of forest and agricultural supply chains international trade policies and regulations related to environment and biodiversity conservation in Brazil. Currently, she is working for CLEVER, an EU HORIZON research project, researching policies and governance mechanisms in soy, wood pulp and timber value chains trade from Brazil to the EU, assessing the (in)coherences of existing policy mixes as a strategy to identify new leverage points for biodiversity conservation via strategic policy alignment within and across trading regions.  


Research Interests


§  Global Environmental Governance Regimes

§  Sustainable Trade and Value Supply Chains

§  Policy Coherence and Systems Thinking

§  Food Security and Systems

§  Case study focus on Brazil and South America




2023 - current

PhD researcher at the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy, University of Freiburg, Germany


MSc Environmental Governance, University of Freiburg, Germany


Post-Grad (specialization) Social Psychology, FESPSP-Fundacao Escola de Sociologia e Política de Sao Paulo, Brazil


BA (Honors) Development Studies with French, University of Sussex, United Kingdom


Year abroad studying Political Sciences at Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence), France



Working experience


2019 - 2023 

Associate Learning Officer at the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), Germany


Sustainable Development Mechanism Intern at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Germany


Research Intern at Biodiversity International, Malaysia


Social-Economic Analyst at JGP Consultoria Ambiental (Environmental Consultancy Firm), Brazil


Sustainability Analyst at Quintessa Consultoria (Sustainability Consultancy Firm), Brazil



Scholarships and Awards

§  2019-2020: Recipient of the Carlo Schmid Programme, from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), for internship at the United Nations

§  2017-2019: Recipient of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship for Master’s in Environmental Governance at the University of Freiburg


Research Projects

§  2023 – 2025: CLEVER - “Creating leverage to enhance biodiversity outcomes of global biomass trade”. CLEVER is a transdisciplinary EU 2021 HORIZON research project. In addition to the University of Bonn, which is coordinating the project, eleven other partners from Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Cameroon and Brazil are involved. EU Commission (DG Research and Innovation), Horizon Europe (HORIZON-CL6-2021-BIODIV-01-15 Call).



§  Jalonen, R., Ziegert, R.F., Lamers, H.A.H. et al. From Within and Without: Gender, Agency and Sustainable Management of Non-Timber Forest Products in Two Indian States. Small-scale Forestry (2022).


§  Kleinschmit D, Ferraz Ziegert R, and Walther L (2021) Framing Illegal Logging and Its Governance Responses in Brazil – A Structured Review of Diagnosis and Prognosis. Front. For. Glob. Change 4:624072. doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2021.624072





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