• PhD Global Change (climate change adaptation in agriculture), University of Edinburgh, UK
  • MSc Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of Manchester, UK
  • Diploma Environmental Chemistry, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Irina Hauler

In a nutshell, tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Armenia, surrounded by mountains and ancient history. The wish to help tackle environmental pollution as a child later developed into specialising and working in climate change adaptation in mitigation. I am interested in addressing the various ways climate change affects vulnerable countries, especially in the agricultural context. At E Co., I feel fascinated by the diversity of projects we get to work on and by working across countries and cultures.

Who or what do you most admire?
People with convictions they can follow up on, such as environmental campaigners who often risk their lives to build a better future.

What drives you to do this kind of work?

Hope of contributing to positive change, especially at the community/grassroots level in low-income countries.

What makes you laugh?

My children – they are hilarious! My 3-year-old recently offered me a “cup of chino” whilst having a picnic with her toys.

When are you happiest?

When I am in a forest – trees have a magical influence on me.

What is the title of your perfect work project?

Developing a future generation of female leaders to help tackle climate change.

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who has made a difference, however small.

Which book has changed your life?

There is no single book that has changed my life, but all the books that I have read throughout my life have contributed to making me who I am now.

What’s your greatest fear?

A global war for resources – I can see it potentially happening in my lifetime.