ECI awards first Claudia Comberti Scholars

The Environmental Change Institute (ECI) has awarded its first Claudia Comberti Scholarship for the MSc in Environmental Change and Management to Antje Lang. 

Claudia Comberti, who died in a road accident in May 2017, was a graduate student at Trinity and was completing a DPhil degree on the relationship between indigenous peoples and their environment. As a testament to Claudia’s life-force and passion, the ECI, where Claudia was based, has named the MSc scholarship in her honour. As a further tribute, Claudia’s family has requested that a travel bursary be established in her name, so that students at the ECI might be supported in their field research around the world.

I am so touched to have received this scholarship honouring Claudia. She was clearly very loved and well-regarded in the community – I hope that I can honour her in some small way through my time at ECI and beyond. My hope is that Oxford will help equip me to advocate for environmental responsibility in order to enhance the welfare of people everywhere. The most disadvantaged members of society often disproportionately shoulder the burden of environmental change and may not have the agency to push for action. Antje Lang

The ECI was established in 1991 ‘to organise and promote interdisciplinary research on the nature, causes and impact of environmental change and to contribute to the development of management strategies for coping with future environmental change’.

Posted: 3 October 2017

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