Caroline van Bers coordinates the university's interfaculty programme, Resilience@UT, which promotes the UT's transdisciplinary research in strengthening societal resilience in three key areas: drought, safe societies and health care. With the support of a steering committee, her role is to advance the applied research and capacity development that strengthen resilience and to link the researchers behind this with those in other faculties carrying out complementary work, as well with as those actors beyond the university in the private and public sectors interested in collaborating with the university on these themes.
Her previous work in environmental management was carried out mainly in academic and consultancy organisations with a focus on interdisciplinary, applied research initiatives, as well as the development and implementation of education and training programmes in the areas of sustainable development, food security, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, water management and integrated assessment. Prior to joining the UT in 2022 she was, for many years, with the Resources Management group of the Institute of Environmental Systems Research at Osnabrück University.
She has been active in The Integrated Assessment Society since 2004 and is currently the association's president. TIAS promotes the community of inter-disciplinary and disciplinary scientists, analysts and practitioners who develop and use integrated assessment with a focus on bridging science, practice and policy for sustainable development.
She holds a Master's degree in Regional Planning and Resource Management from the University of Waterloo in Canada.