Alexandra Tost joined the IASS in February 2021 as a research associate. She is part of the Ecopol research group (formerly DERE), which examines the contemporary conditions for democracy and considers how our understanding of Earth systems shapes political spaces and planetary justice agendas. In 2022 she is also part of the coordination team of the IASS Focal Topic "Justice in Sustainability". 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 worked in political and technical development cooperation in Latin America 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 and research has focused on topics such as democracy and participation, social ecological transformation, sustainable development as well as climate policy and adaptation.