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Kristin Weis

Kristin Weis

Founder, Roskanet

United States

Kristin Weis is a sustainable development and peacebuilding specialist with expertise in social-ecological resilience and coastal and marine management. Her work aims to improve how we use and conserve our natural world, including the relationship between our local ecosystems and communities. She is the founder of Roskanet, which helps to shape tourism models that benefit local communities and their local ecosystems. She promotes Smart Tourism, as she fondly calls it, which helps to shape best practices for all of us when we travel as tourists. Her popular workshops on sustainable development, tourism, and environmental migration help conflict management professionals, peacebuilders, and policymakers identify related goals and actions that they can apply in their own work. She regularly speaks about these topics, including twice as a TEDx speaker. Ms. Weis holds a Master of Resource Management from the University of Akureyri, where she studied Coastal and Marine Management at the University Centre of the Westfjords. Her research interests include social-ecological resilience, coastal communities, coastal and marine tourism, small island developing states (SIDS), youth perspectives, human mobility and migration, and environmental peacebuilding. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University.