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.

Finn Philipsen

Finn Philipsen is part of the B-EPICC Team since February 2022. He holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. During his undergraduate studies, he spent a semester abroad in Perth, Australia, studying human rights and indigenous culture. He concluded his B.Sc. degree with a thesis in the field of environmental psychology investigating the psychological factors influencing the acceptability of renewable energy projects. Through internships and student-assistantships he gained experiences in the areas of PR & Communication and Learning & Development. He is currently studying a M.Sc. in Psychology at Potsdam University and a M.A. in Socio-Cultural Studies at European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). Finn is fluent in German, English and Spanish and knows basic Dutch.

Master's degree student of Socio-Cultural Studies and Psychology
Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) and Universität Potsdam

Simone Fischer

Simone Fischer has been an intern in the B-EPICC project since March 2022. The internship is part of her master’s degree in “Sustainable Territorial Development”, a cooperation program of the University of Padua, KU Leuven and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Environmental Planning at TU Berlin, working from 2017 to 2019 as a student assistant and teacher for the interdisciplinary “Sustainability Certificate for Students”, playing a fundamental role in its development. Simone has studied and worked in Germany, Colombia, France and Belgium and is fluent in German, English, Spanish and French.

Master's degree student of the International Joint Master Program
Sustainable Territorial Development - Climate Change, Diversity, Cooperation (STeDe)
Università degli Studi di Padova, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

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