Seline Meijer is a Programme Officer with IUCN’s Global Programme for Governance and Rights. Seline supports several projects within the Global Gender Office, including the USAID funded Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) project and the Gender and Environment Statistics project with UNEP. As part of her role, she also provides programmatic support to the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP). Seline joined IUCN in 2015 and worked on the development of the People in Nature (PiN) Knowledge Basket at HQ in Gland for 2 years before transferring to Washington, D.C., in July 2017.
Prior to joining IUCN, Seline worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher conducting research on conflict between forestry objectives and the conservation of the hen harrier, a raptor species of conservation concern, in Ireland and as a temporary Lecturer coordinating and teaching a graduate course on the post-2015 development agenda, both at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland. In 2014, Seline completed a Ph.D. in Forestry at UCD, carried out in partnership with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), for which she spent 3 years living and conducting research in Malawi. Her research focused on smallholder farmers’ perceptions and attitudes towards farm-level tree planting and forest degradation as well as the gender dynamics of household decision-making. In addition, Seline has degrees in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management (M.Sc., University of Oxford), Forest and Nature Conservation (M.Sc., Wageningen University) and Environmental Sciences (B.Sc., Utrecht University).
Born and raised in Amsterdam, Seline enjoys traveling, hiking and exploring the outdoors, practicing yoga, experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen and enjoying good food and wine with friends.