Theresa Kaiser is a Advisor working at adelphi in the topic areas vulnerability, adaptation to climate change and urban climate resilience. The focus of her work is on the development of methods for monitoring urban climate resilience and approaches for impact evaluation of adaptation measures.
Theresa Kaiser has extensive knowledge of the German adaptation policy and is experienced with policy and strategy evaluation. She develops concepts and methods for the assessment of progress in climate change adaptation. In the field of disaster risk reduction she identifies and analyses need for action and derives recommendations for political actors.
Prior to her time at adelphi, Theresa gathered practical experiences in economics, international development and consultancy. As part of her Master’s thesis, and in collaboration with Allianz SE, she developed an indicator system for the evaluation of social vulnerability to the consequences of climate change. During an internship with the United Nations Department at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, she worked on various topics in development policy and gained insights into working with international organisations. Prior to that, she worked on the topic of food security in megacities as part of a university research project in Bangkok, Thailand. While working on this project, Theresa gained deeper knowledge in working with geographic information systems (GIS) and experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis and remote sensing.
Theresa completed an M.Sc. in the Geography of Global Change at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany. She previously studied geography and political science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany. During her studies, she worked intensively on topics relating to global change and consequent challenges to the economy and society. Her thematic focuses included climate change adaptation, sustainability, environmental policy, and environmental economy.