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Esther Schuch joined the IASS in January 2021 as a postdoc for the ISIGET project which analyses the risks and benefits of the clean energy transition for countries of the global south. She holds a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Management from Wageningen University (WUR). She worked in the MARine MAnagement and Ecosystem Dynamics under Climate Change (MARmaED) project. Her research focused on the governance of social-ecological systems and sustainable management of natural resources in Europe and Cambodia. Previously, she studied the potential of microfinance for poverty alleviation with a specific focus on renewable energy. She holds a MSc in Political Economics from Trier University, a BSc in Social Sciences from Trier University and a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University. She also worked as a consultant for the private sector on defining Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategies and non-financial risk management.