We are happy to welcome our new colleague at SIFO, Atle Wehn Hegnes, to the REDUCE research team. Atle will be filling in for Nina as WP2 leader while she is on parental leave from August 2022. He is a sociologist leaving his position as researcher at NIBIO to return to his previous place of work at SIFO. Atle has recently published on a variety of topics i.e. sustainability risks in bioenergy, European urban agriculture, urban food systems and circular bioeconomy. We are looking forward to working with him in REDUCE.
We are happy to welcome Ayse Kaplan to our team as a PhD Research Fellow. Ayse is arriving from Ankara in August, and will work on WP3 – taking a systemic design approach to the reduction of plastics consumption. She will be employed at the Department for Product Design at OsloMet, but also spend some time at Consumption Research Norway. Ayse has a master’s degree from the Department of Industrial Design at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. She also worked as a research and teaching assistant for three years in the same department at METU. Her main research interests are Design for Sustainability, sustainable consumption, social innovation, and alternative food networks.