S. Wolff MSc.

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PhD researcher


Sarah Wolff has been employed at the Environmental Geography Group , Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, since May 2014 as a PhD researcher, focusing on the role of changing Ecosystem Service demands on global land change. Her work is part of the GLOLAND project (Integrating human agency in global land change models) under the supervision of Prof. Peter Verburg and Dr. Nynke Schulp. The objective of her PhD is to analyse the role of changing ecosystem service demands on land change and to develop methods for explicitly accounting for ecosystem service demand/supply relations in global scale integrated assessments.

Sarah holds a double degree Master of Science in Water and Coastal Management, and Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography. Having an interdisciplinary background, she has a strong interest in socio-ecological relationships, the role of urban areas in global change, coastal planning, and ecosystem services approaches.


Ecosystem Services, Spatial Planning, Policy Analysis, Urban Flood Management, Coastal Zone Management.

Academic training

2012-2013MSc. Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, University of Groningen
2011-2013MSc. Water and Coastal Management, University of Oldenburg
2008-2011BA. Human Geography, University of Bremen
2010Exchange Semester at University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Professional employment history

2014-presentPhD researcher at the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2013Intern with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit in the Project “Flood Proofing and Drainage for Adaptation to Climate Change in medium-sized cities in Vietnam” in Quy Nhon, Vietnam
2012International training program "Planning for Sustainable Development in Thailand”. Development of a flood preparation guide for local communities in Krathum Baen, Thailand
2011-2012Student assistant at Max Plank Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen
2011Intern at West Hawaiian Sea Grant in the field of community- based coastal and marine resource management, Hawaii Island, Hawaii.

Recent projects

2015-presentGLOLAND: Integrating human agency in global-scale land change models
2014-2015VOLANTE: Visions of Land Use Transitions in Europe
2014-2015OPERAs: Ecosystem Service Science for Policy and Practice. http://www.operas-project.eu

Selected publications

Wolff, S., Schulp, C.J.E. & Verburg, P.H. (2015). Mapping ecosystem services demand: a review of current research and future perspectives. Ecological Indicators, 55, 159–171. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.03.016