Anca Damerell has a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, Romania and Université d’Artois, France, and a Master’s in Environmental Protection from the University of Edinburgh.
Before joining the Luc Hoffmann Institute, Anca’s interdisciplinary research comprised of advanced modelling simulations focused on bridging natural and social sciences to better understand the socioeconomic and environmental effects of land use policies in Western Ghats, India. Anca has held various science, policy and practice roles — working for organisations ranging from small local NGOs to international institutions such as Fauna and Flora International and the European Parliament.
Her ongoing research interests include the interactions between science, policy and practice; complex systems with a focus on human decision-making modelling; stakeholders’ engagement using participatory modelling such as role-playing games; and agent-based modelling.
Anca strongly believes that a holistic inter- and trans-disciplinary approach is better equipped for achieving long-term conservation and development goals. This approach has formed an integral part of her formation as a scientist and a professional.
In her spare time, Anca is part of an international team that established and continues to run an environmental NGO in Romania centred on the conservation of old-growth forests.