Lisa holds a BA in Political Science with focus on Sub-Sahara Africa from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany, and in Environmental Sustainability and Development from the University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia. In September 2015 she finished her MSc Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. For her Master thesis “A human-gorilla dichotomy? A political ecology analysis of conservation and local development in the case study of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park” she conducted primary research in Uganda and Rwanda examining the conflict between mountain gorilla conservation measures and the situation of the local population. Subsequently she was the producer of the documentary "Ghosts of our Forest" for the Canadian film company Loud Roar Productions depicting the critical situation of the Batwa people in Uganda who have been evicted from the National Park. Her PhD project seeks to analyse the contested concept of ‘Peace Parks’ in the Virunga region straddling Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo – a region infamously holding the title of “Africa’s World War”. On side, she works for the International Climate Initiative dealing with projects merging biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing and emerging economies.