Bárbara Willaarts

Senior Researcher

International researcher and consultant specialising in water security and its interrelations with food and energy security. Convinced that we need systemic and holistic approaches in order to solve the big and complex challenges we face as a society.

About Bárbara

Trained ecologist with extensive experience in environmental planning. She has spent most of her professional career in research centres and “policy think tanks“researching solutions to complex problems at the interface between water, territorial development and environmental sustainability.

Her professional goal is to generate knowledge and tools to bridge the gap between science and policy to raise awareness and improve decision-making. She has extensive experience working in multicultural environments and diverse regions ranging from Europe, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

At ICATALIST she is responsible for the design and coordination of the participation strategy in the H2020 REXUS project.

“Knowledge is the bridge to a better place.”

- Bárbara Willaarts

Current positions

• Senior Researcher at Icatalist

• Researcher and project manager in International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

About Bárbara

Trained ecologist with extensive experience in environmental planning. She has spent most of her professional career in research centres and “policy think tanks“researching solutions to complex problems at the interface between water, territorial development and environmental sustainability.

Her professional goal is to generate knowledge and tools to bridge the gap between science and policy to raise awareness and improve decision-making. She has extensive experience working in multicultural environments and diverse regions ranging from Europe, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

At ICATALIST she is responsible for the design and coordination of the participation strategy in the H2020 REXUS project.

“Knowledge is the bridge to a better place.”

- Bárbara Willaarts

Current positions

• Senior Researcher at Icatalist

• Researcher and project manager in International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

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