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Interns of 2017-2018

Every year the CSDS hires new interns to investigate issues related to sustainability and development. See who has joined the team for 2017-2018!

Luke Bates
Luke Bates is from Ireland but also spent a lot of his childhood growing up in England. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin. During his undergraduate degree, Luke was a volunteer educator at Dublin Zoo and also worked on a conservation project in a wildlife reserve in South Africa. His main research interests include building ‘climate proof’ sustainable cities and the shift to renewable energy. Hence, he is now a Master’s student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam.
William Clelland
William Clelland is from Scotland where he completed his studies in geoscience and engineering. Since then, he has worked for a number of years in the private sector - mainly in the UK but also in The Netherlands and Denmark. After part-time studies in Development Management at the Open University, William is now enrolled in the Research Master’s in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He has been involved in both successful and unsuccessful change initiatives in the private sector and is interested in how learning and institutional change happen in a development context. His research interests include the role of sustainable energy in helping to address various development challenges ranging from climate change through to youth employment.
Nicole Medina Collazo
Nicole Medina Collazo is originally from Puerto Rico and is currently studying a Research Master’s in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has a Master’s in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor’s in International and Global Studies from the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include agroecology and social entrepreneurship.
Varun Khanna
Varun Khanna is a European Commission Erasmus+ scholar at the Universities of Barcelona (Autonomous), Amsterdam, Malta and Oslo. Born in Delhi, India, he received funding to live in Japan since the age of fifteen and graduated from Osaka University's School of Human Sciences. His research interests lie at the intersection of education, globalisation and international development, influenced by the issues of the subaltern, sustainability and vulnerability. Over the years, Varun has received several grants and awards to pursue and share his work on these issues. He has also been a part of several non-profit organizations’ panels such as Future Village Nepal, the Chance Initiative and Stonewall Japan, among other endeavours.
Klaudia Prodani
Klaudia Prodani is an Albanian student currently pursuing a Master’s in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She holds dual Bachelors’ degrees in Economics and Social Sustainability. Her research interests include heterodox economics, the relationship between markets and morality, the role of for-profits in international aid and development, civil society and the anti-corruption industry in the Balkans, and post development.
Megan Romania
Megan Romania is an American who is currently studying a Research Masters in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her past education includes dual Bachelors’ degrees in Philosophy and Community, Environment, and Development, as well as a minor in French from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include analyzing gender sensitive policy approaches to environmental resources, environmental (and specifically energy) policies, fossil fuels, and the shift to renewable energy.