About

A brief history

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I’m Nadine (“Na-di-neh”) and as a Joint-PhD Candidate in Ecological Engineering at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, I explore and implement ways to improve urban ecosystems with emerging ‘smart city’ technologies. Much of my research, ranging from circular economics to urban engineering, is viewed through an ecological lens.

Geospatial artificial intelligence is crucial to renaturing cities. Together with my former earth science classmates (MSc), I have launched Green City Watch, a global award-winning geoAI tool which uses sub-0.5 meter satellite imagery for the development of urban forests.

Previously, at Metabolic, I mapped urban metabolisms and developed evidence-based interventions for sustainable cities and high-impact sectors. Here, I founded the world’s first intensive summer course on ‘circular cities’ in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, and still serve as its Academic Director.

I’ve given dozens of talks and keynotes across Europe, Asia, and North America, where I explore my views on urban metabolism, circular economics, and geospatial analytics. In 2018, I appeared on several jury-selected shortlists of sustainability pioneers, was nominated for the University of Amsterdam Alumni Award, and chosen as a top digital talent under 26 by The Next Web.

I hold degrees in ecology and evolutionary biology (BSc. Honours) from the University of Toronto, with a minor from the National University of Singapore, and in earth sciences (MSc. cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam, with a thesis on agroecology input-output models at Wageningen University and the University of Hawassa (Ethiopia). For details, please visit my LinkedIn.


 

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Some selected accolades

 

UvA Alumni Award, for Green City Watch (2018)
VIVA400, annual list of 400 women who have been nominated for outstanding work in their field (2018)
DJ100, jury-selected list of 100 young, sustainability changemakers in the Netherlands (2018)

T500, list of Dutch digital top talents under 26 (2018)
Winner of DigitalGlobe’s GBDX for Sustainability Challenge, for Green City Watch (2018)
New Amsterdam Council, selected for the independent advisory board of 45 talented Amsterdam millennials chosen to provide advice to the real city council (2018)