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Berit Stimmler-Beckner

School: Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Department: Sustainable Water Management

Research Interests: Water Science & Systems, International Relations


Berit Stimmler-Beckner is a Master’s student in the Sustainable Water Management (SWM) program, hosted by TIE. She expects to complete her M.S. in August 2020.

Prior to starting the SWM program at Tufts, Berit earned a B.A in International Studies and French, and studied abroad in Paris, France. As an undergraduate student, she took classes on water and wrote multiple research papers on the topic of water scarcity and sustainability.

Current Studies and Future Goals

Berit found exactly what she was looking for in the SWM program to further her knowledge around the issue of water and to pursue a career in water diplomacy. She says, “water is the most essential natural resource. Once I became fully aware of the scope of water scarcity issues and the amount of people in the world who lack access to clean drinking water and sanitation, it became very evident that this was the field of study in which I was the most passionate and could make a positive impact.”

After Tufts, Berit would like to work in water diplomacy in order to find new and creative ways to promote sustainability and alleviate water scarcity.

Fun Facts!

Being from Colorado, Berit likes being outdoors and can usually be found hiking or playing a round of golf. She also enjoyed finding local live music and going to concerts.

Favorite Food/Drink: Chipotle and craft beer

Favorite Movie/TV Show: Amélie and Jeopardy!

Favorite Song/Artist: “Sleep on the Floor” by The Lumineers

Favorite Place You’ve Visited: Paris, France

Favorite Thing You’ve Seen: Grand Teton National Park

Dream Job: Diplomat/stand-up comedian

Other Fun Facts: I broke my nose in Mexico a few years ago