Birgit Habermann joined the Sustainable Livestock System Program at ILRI Ethiopia in March 2019. Her current work focuses on innovations and pioneering of local livestock keepers regarding adaptation to climate change. She has been working on social issues in agriculture and forestry since more than 15 years, and is particularly interested in how knowledge production in research for development interacts with local epistemologies. Her background comprises degrees in ecology and agroforestry as well as a PhD in Development Studies. Hence, her previous work involved inter- and transdisciplinary research on participation and social issues related to agroforestry, per-urban farming, forest ecology, adaptation to climate change and participatory approaches to carbon compensation, as well as farmer-oriented approaches in agricultural extension.