Alexandra Tost joined the IASS in February 2021 as a research associate for the DERE project, which analyzes the dynamics of sustainability governance. One focus of the research is democratic transformation in the Amazon basin for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. She holds a MA in International Development Studies from Philipps-Universität Marburg and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Universität Potsdam. From 2014 to 2020 she lived in Latin America and worked in political and technical development cooperation mainly for GIZ and Friedrich Ebert Foundation. During this time, she coordinated multi-stakeholder and transdisciplinary dialogues and knowledge exchange from the local to the international level. Her work focused on sustainable development, environmental participation, social ecological transformation as well as climate policy and adaptation.