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Meet the interns of 2018-2019!

Every year the CSDS hires new interns to coordinate all online activities of the CSDS and investigate issues related to sustainability and development. See who has joined the team for 2018-2019!

Christopher Jr Galgo

I am a student of the Erasmus International Master of Science in Rural Development at the University of Gent in Belgium. I hold a Bachelors in Agribusiness and has been involved in value chain development projects in the Philippines working closely with farmers. My interests are in food systems, studying resilience, climate change, disaster vulnerable population, and integrated rural development.

Gabriella Blakstad

I am an exchange student from Sweden where I study the Bachelor Programme in Peace and Development Studies at Uppsala University. I wrote my thesis on ‘Cities and regions as actors in a polycentric governance system towards climate change action’. I am now on the final year of my bachelor and aim to proceed my studies with a master in sustainable development. My main areas of interest are climate change governance, subnational actors and research communication.


Frederike Schneider

My name is Frederike. I am half Dutch, half German, and thanks to my adventurous parents I grew up in Zimbabwe and Germany. I did my bachelors in Human Geography, Urban Planning and Environment in Nijmegen which I completed with a thesis on ‘Tiny Housing in the Netherlands’. During my bachelor years I had the opportunity to complete a minor in Food Security at Wageningen University and I enjoyed hanging around good food whilst working part-time in an organic shop. My interests are still very widespread and I look forward to some more challenging years at the UvA where I am currently enrolled in the Master’s degree in Economic Geography.


Max Keuzenkamp

I am a Dutch student currently completing my premaster Human Geography at the University of Amsterdam, after which I’ll start the MSc Environmental Geography.. I hold a bachelor’s degrees in History and International Political Science.  My main research interest are the environmental and social impacts of businesses, the shift to renewable energy, and the development of environmental policies in international politics.


Santiago Nicolás Martínez Rivera

I am a Colombian political scientist and journalist with more than eight years of experience on print media. I hold a master in Public Policy with emphasis on governance and development. During my professional life I have been working for magazines and newspapers writing about security issues such as drug policies, organised crime, armed conflict and peace process. However, I also have experience writing and researching about environment, health, education and culture. I am passionate about travelling and for that reason I left my hometown Bogotá seven years to explore the world. Since then I have lived in London, York and I am currently based on The Hague. I am also very keen about photography and different ways to tell stories. I am cycling lover and play the drums and the guitar.


Kyra Bos

I'm Kyra, manager of the Centre of Sustainable Development Studies. I am a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam, working on the energy transition, climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. Together we work to inform the CSDS' readership about various academic and non-academic topics within sustainable development.