Marianne Zandersen, Dr.rer.pol., is an environmental economist and policy analyst with more than 12 years experience working with environmental valuation, impacts and mitigation of climate change, land use planning and sustainable development.
Marianne is currently working as a senior consultant in the Carbon and Energy Markets Group at Pöyry. Previously she worked as a freelance consultant with climate change and sustainability. Projects have included cost benefit analysis of water quality improvements in the Baltic Sea, payment for ecosystems services (PES), fuel-switch JI project development in Russia, JI/CDM project identification and development in Ukraine and Azerbaijan, bio-diesel CDM in Morocco, climate impact assessment in Bhutan, capacity building strategies and reviews of CDM toolkit.
Marianne finalised a Ph.D. in 2005 on the monetary valuation and benefit transfers of forest recreation values in Europe at the Research Unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University, and International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM) and worked as a Postdoc on modelling the macro-economic impacts of harvested wood products in a future international climate regime at the Department of Wood Science at Hamburg University.
Before this, she was a consultant at Environmental Resources Management (ERM) focusing on sustainability and climate change, for example valuing the environmental economies in several regions in the UK, managing a multi-year climate change impact programme in India, and facilitating the set up of the Incentives Bidding Mechanism in the UK.
Prior to joining ERM, Marianne worked in the Landscape Department in the Technical and Environment Agency of Ringkøbing County, Denmark. She worked with a wide range of planning and developmental issues such as a 12-year strategic sustainability plan for the region and a sustainable development framework of the region’s wetland areas.
She also undertook a cost efficiency study for the EU Commission, DG Environment, on carbon sequestration in Europe and conducted a feasibility study on innovative drinking water production technology at a French environment corporation.