Anja has extensive research experience in the field of human-environment relationships and environmental changes in Africa, South America and Asia. More specifically, she has conducted work on local knowledge and impacts of climate change as well as on the use of rain forest resources under circumstances of socio-economic changes. Her approach is based on the use of mixed methods. Before joining the James Hutton Institute she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen. At the James Hutton Institute, Anja is engaged in several projects on cultural ecosystem services and ecosystem approaches. Anja’s research centres on local perceptions and use of the environment including people’s priorities and values with regard to the environment, their perceptions of environmental changes, the ways in which such changes impact people and how they respond to environmental changes. A related interest is the topic of sustainable use and management of the environment.