Michelle Benzing


Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs

Period of the Fellowship

October 2022 - September 2023

Project title

Gender, climate and security – connecting the dots for sustainable peace and climate justice

Short biography

As a Mercator fellow, Michelle Benzing explores the connections between gender, peace and security, and the climate crisis. Incorporating intersectional and feminist perspectives, she questions the lack of gender-specific approaches in environmental peacebuilding and the near absence of climate-related security aspects in the Women, Peace and Security agenda. She gained work experience at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.. Michelle holds an M.Sc. in International Relations from LSE, specializing in gender and human rights, climate justice, post-conflict states and sustainable peace.