Saturday, April 4, 2015

Currents in a Life on Water: R. Andreas Kraemer‘s Aquarian Biography

R. Andreas Kraemer was born near the source of the Emscher river in the Rhine basin, then heavily polluted and physically modified - a symbol of the highly industrialized 'Rhenish-Westphalian District' with its coal mines and steel mills.  He was baptized with water from the Ruhr, the drinking water source for the region, and during his childhood he lived in various locations in the Emscher basin

Andreas' school years were spent on the banks of the Leine river in the Northern German plains, near the Mittelland Canal linking all German river basins from East to West.  He also completed training in Administration and Management in Industry here.  His studies of International Trade & Environmental Technology took him to the banks of rivers Medway (England), Spree and Havel (Germany) and Seine (France), before he took up employment within sight of the Rhine.

From 1995 to 2015, he established and directed Ecologic Institute near an old shipyard on the Spree in the Elbe basin; the institute has an office also on the Zenne in the Scheldt basin.  In 2008, he initiated the foundation of the legally and financially separate, independent Ecologic Institute US sitting on high ground near the confluence of the Potomac and the Anacostia rivers in the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay on the Eastern Seaboard.  

As Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of German Studies, R. Andreas Kraemer teaches European integration, environmental and water management policy in the Spree Program of Duke University, located in the Eno River basin on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

Ecologic Institute's notable water policy & management program covers resources, services, law & economics, governance, harvesting of policy solutions & trans-national learning:

On Sabbatical from Ecologic Institute in 2015-2016, R. Andreas Kraemer is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) of the MIT Institute of Technology in the Massachusetts Bay on the banks of the Charles near its mouth in Boston Harbor, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) on a peninsula between the Deep Lake and the Holy Lake in the Havel river system, near the Glienicke Bridge of Cold-War fame.

Andreas lives with his family near the 'Duck Pond', so called by the American Forces during their time in the area, and likes to spend his holidays on the frozen waters on the slopes around the Isère (France), in the white-water of the Middle Fork of the Salmon (Idaho), in the tranquil Brede River Valley (England) around Winchelsea (the 'wind-chilled sea') and the shores of the Seven Seas of Rye in the English Channel.

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