Mirja is an expert on environmental resources management, specialised on IWRM. She has spent more than 3 years abroad, in Egypt, Chile and Jordan, for studying, research and social work. She has a broad and interdisciplinary knowledge on environmental issues and is familiar with analytical tools such as EIA, SEA, GIS, SPSS and hydrologic modelling software such as MIKE-BASIN and WEAP. In her research she mainly dealt with socio-economic aspects concerning the sustainable use of natural resources. Mirja thoroughly studied social science concepts enabling her to conduct own empirical studies in Chile, Jordan and Germany, generating micro-level-data and performing statistical analyses in SPSS. She has worked as a project coordinator at the Institute of Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, dealing with good governance and participatory approaches in slum upgrading and water management.