Making policies work

Hanne Knaepen

  • Climate change policy-making and financing
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Development assistance
  • South-East Asian climate change polities
  • EU-Africa relations


Hanne Knaepen is a Policy Officer on climate change issues. She works in the Sustainable Food Systems team of ECDPM’s Economic and Agricultural Transformation programme.

Hanne holds a Master Degree in Japanese Studies from the University of Leuven and a Master-after-Master Degree in European Studies from the Free University of Brussels (ULB), both in Belgium. In addition, she received her doctoral degree in Global Environmental Studies at Kyoto University, Japan, where she resided for a period of four years.

Throughout her PhD she has mainly worked on the issue of mainstreaming climate change adaptation into existing development in Vietnam and she conducted an assessment of the work of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) within this domain. At ECDPM, she aims at further widening the Centre’s scope towards more climate change research and expertise.

External publications and contributions

    Food challenges and opportunities in Nairobi

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 12-09-2017

    Women's struggle in food value chains

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 16-05-2017

    From climate commitments to action

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 18-05-2016

    Making agriculture in Africa climate-smart

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 11-05-2016

    Hanne Knaepen

    Policy Officer Sustainable Food Systems | Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme




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