Ilona M. Otto holds an Earth-Doc position within the Earth League network, and is based at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany. Ilona carries out research on social-ecological systems, social vulnerability to climate change, and environmental governance. Ilona has just finalized her habilitation at the Humboldt University Berlin where she also regularly teaches Climate and Energy Management and Social Science Research Methods. She publishes in leading scientific journals and she has also made two documentary movies about her work that were used in stakeholder engagement processes in Europe and China. Ilona is a true European citizen. She has studied and worked in six EU countries, she holds both Polish and German citizenship.