Rianne ten Veen

Islam and environment specialist

Ms Rianne C. ten Veen is a humanitarian aidworker with research and environment specialisms. After a decade at Islamic Relief Worldwide, from January 2013 - '16 she focused fully on Osman Consulting and is also an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, teaching on interdisciplinary modules around environment, ethics and development; she taught on several presentations of a further international development module and the final presentation of 'Islam in the West - the politics of coexistence'.

She focuses on faith & environment projects: she is a member of the management team of Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environment Sciences (IFEES), and co-founded 'Faith and Climate Change' (a Birmingham Friends of the Earth project; this project was a finalist in NESTA's Big Green Challenge and won The Guardian's Community Hero award - now being replaced by wider EARTH: Environment And Religions Transformation Hub) and was the Environment lead on the Committee of the Birmingham Council of Faiths. In 2009, she self-published a 'save cash& planet' style book from Islamic perspective: '199 ways to please God, how to (re-)align your daily life with your duty of care to Creation' (ISBN: 978-1844266296) and set up Green Creation. She is a former Trustee at TreeAid and Board Member at Groundwork W-Midlands.

She has an LLM, an MA in International Politics, an MSc in Development Management, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Policy and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Online and Distance Learning. Finances permitting, she would love to spend more time on a PhD on Islam & Environment: comparing the humanitarian aid principle of 'do no harm' with the Islamic principle of 'la darar' (do no harm) with regards to sustainable development.

Specialties: faith & environment; islam & environment; poverty & environment; Creation care; ecoaudit; sustainable development; ethics; human rights

Rianne is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

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Transnational climate impacts

Climate change – and adaptation to it – will occur in a globalized, hyper-connected world. 
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Disasters and Climate Change

Generating knowledge to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) with equitable, sustainable and resilient development, recognizing that development and DRR are interlinked.  
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Cities and climate change

Views on trends, challenges, findings and case studies of cities adapting throughout the world.
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Guidelines and tools for assessing the social and biophysical vulnerability to climate change.
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Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Enhancing ecosystem services to support climate adaptation.
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Forests and Climate Change

Exploring the role of forests for the adaptation of people to climate change.
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