Project Management Team


B-EPICC Project Management

Project Lead

Dr Fanny Thornton leads the B-EPICC project at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. This inter-disciplinary project concerns the co-creation of knowledge about regional climate phenomena and hydrological and biodiversity systems, as well as their impacts upon agriculture-based livelihoods, human mobility and security.
Prior to joining PIK, Dr Thornton was Associate Professor in Law at the University of Canberra in Australia. In that capacity, she was engaged in collaborative, inter-disciplinary research concerning climate change and human mobility, with a regional focus on the Pacific Islands. Her research has been supported by a number of competitive external grants, including a substantial grant from the Australian Research Council. Dr Thornton is a member of the Technical Advisory Group – Human Mobility, which sits under the Pacific Resilience Partnership, and which advises regional governments on policy responses and developments concerning human mobility in the context of disasters and anthropogenic climate change.
Dr Thornton completed her doctoral dissertation in the law faculty at the Australian National University in Canberra, supported by a prestigious Australian Postgraduate Award. Her doctoral research was published as a monograph – Climate Change and People on the Move: International Law and Justice - with Oxford University Press in 2018. Dr Thornton has recently returned to her native Germany, after 25 years spent abroad in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. She is passionate about climate justice and seeks to adjust how she leads her life to meet its demands. When not working, Dr Thornton tries to heed the call of Mother Nature.

Dr Fanny Thornton
B-EPICC Project Lead

Project Coordination

Andrea Kambergs is the B-EPICC Project Coordinator in parental leave replacement. She holds a Master's degree in Geography and Cultural Communication from Humboldt-University Berlin and is a certified project manager.
Due to her many years of intercultural project experience, she supports the Project Lead in communicating with the local partners. At the same time, she is the contact person for the donor, the project team at home and abroad and the administration in logistical and administrative project processes. She coordinates project activities such as workshops and meetings of the Advisory Board Members as well as public relations.

Andrea Kambergs

B-EPICC Project Coordinator

Claudia Bouley (born Meintzinger) is currently on parental leave. She is the B-EPICC Project Coordinator and a geographer by background. She completed her Bachelor studies in Physical Geography and her Master studies in Development Geography.
Given her special interest for human and environmental systems she enables the work at the project’s interface of science and development and supports the project through facilitating the communication and exchange with the project team, the project partners, the administration and the funder. Besides organizing the yearly workshops in the partner countries and supporting the Project Lead in monitoring the financial and resource planning as well as the project objectives, she is also responsible for public relations and networking with stakeholders.

Claudia Bouley (born Meintzinger)
B-EPICC Project Coordinator

Student Assistants

The student assistants at B-EPICC support the project management team in successful execution of project deliverables focusing on administrative, research and communication aspects.

Jette Berend

Jette Berend is part of the B-EPICC Team since January 2023. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences and Business Psychology from the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. Jette concluded her B.A. degree with a thesis in the field of climate change communication, investigating how climate change and its impact on human-environmental systems can be made tangible through art. Working as tutor, research student and student assistant, she gained experience in areas of PR & (Social Media) Communication, Coordination & Management as well as Research Process & Group Work. Currently, she is doing a M.A. in European Media Studies at the University of Potsdam and the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Due to her living experience in Sweden and Australia, she is fluent in German, Swedish and English. 

Master's degree student of European Media Studies
University of Potsdam

Katinka Lorenzen

Katinka Lorenzen is part of the B-EPICC Team since January 2023. She holds a B.A. in European Studies from the University of Bremen.  During her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia studying International Relations. She concluded her B.A. degree with a thesis in the field of migration, investigating the situation of polish care workers in German private households.  Through internships she gained experiences in the areas of PR & Communication and Scientific Research.  She is currently studying  Political Science in her M.A. at the Freie Universität Berlin. Katinka is fluent in German and English and proficient in Spanish and Russian.

Master's degree student of political science
Freie Universität Berlin

If you have any questions regarding the project, please don’t hesitate to contact the project management team via epicc[at]