Speaker: Martina Artmann
Martina is a postdoc researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden (Germany) focusing on topics related with urban ecology and green cities. Currently she is working on a project dealing with edible cities. She believes that a deep societal transformation is only possible when we re-connect with nature. Thus, besides doing research Martina is a big fan of yoga, deep ecology and cacao.
Martina completed a Bachelor's degree programme in Agricultural Science at the University of Hohenheim, Germany and received her M.Sc degree in Landscape, Regional and Urban Management at the University Salzburg, Austria. In 2015 she earned her doctor`s degree at the Department of Geography and Geology, University Salzburg, Austria. Since 2015 she is a postdoc researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden (Germany). Her main research interests are grounded in the analysis and development of systemic solutions for resource-efficient and green cities of high living quality using concepts of smart growth, nature-based solutions, green infrastructure and ecosystem services. In her current project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) project she is working on edible cities analyzing the multiple benefits of edible cities and local food supply and how this concept can be implemented in cities with different framework conditions.
How people perceive, value and interact with nature shape the paradigms of our society. Therefore, Martina believes that a deep societal transformation is only possible when we re-connect with nature. In particular in cities which are shaped by a hectic and individual lifestyles and lacking access to nature, the integration of nature and green spaces in the urban ecosystem is crucial. Innovative greening concepts such as edible cities can contribute to societal challenges such as climate change, food security, social cohesion, biodiversity and support of local economy. The current research is reflecting these issues studying three case studies in Germany.