November 18, 2010
Thora Martina Herrmann is a Professor and the Chair holder of the Canada Research Chair in Ethnoecology and Biodiversity Conservation at the University of Montréal.
Prior to joining the University, Dr. Herrmann worked at the United Nations headquarters in New York, in the Division for Sustainable Development, where she co-organized the UN International Decade for Action ›Water for Life‹ 2005–2015; and worked within the UN Interagency Task Force on Gender and Water. She was Assistant Editor of the UN scientific Journal Natural Resources Forum, which addresses sustainable development and management of natural resources, particularly in developing countries and countries in transition.
Previously, Dr. Herrmann worked at the German Development Agency (Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit ) where she coordinated interdisciplinary research projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, designed to elaborate and disseminate ecological knowledge and concepts for protecting tropical ecosystems and ensuring their sustainable use. Dr. Herrmann worked at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on issues related to biodiversity conservation policy and international cooperation.
Dr. Herrmann received her Doctorate in geography from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. She holds a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development from the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, in France.