Dr. Andrea Haefner holds a BA of Arts from the University of Applied Science, Germany and a Master of Arts (International Relations and Asian Studies) from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. From there she also received her PhD which focused on cooperation and conflict in transboundary river basins analysing the Mekong, Danube and La Plata River Basins. Overall, Andrea’s research focuses on international relations in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in regards to non-traditional security issues focusing on environmental security and water governance. Andrea is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute and is also an Earth System Governance Fellow. Currently Andrea is based in Southeast Asia, working with the Faculty of Water Resources at the National University of Laos in Vientiane. She previously worked with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), German local government and in international organisations in Southeast Asia.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Research focus and interests are in International Relations, Asian Studies, Geography, Mekong Subregion, Water Governance, Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Environmental Issues. Her research encompasses Southeast Asia, Latin America and Eastern and Central Europe.