Dr. Jelena Barbir

FTZ für Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement
Head of unit

Ulmenliet 20
21033 Hamburg

Room 0.34

T +49 40 428 75-6362


Focus areas/Expertise

  • H2020-Antragstellung
  • Ökologischen Nachhaltigkeit und Klimawandel
  • Biobasierte und bioabbaubare Lösungen
  • Nachhaltiges Management von landwirtschaftlichen Ökosystemen 
  • Biodiversitätsschutz
  • H2020 proposals development
  • Environmental sustainability and climate change
  • Bio-based and biodegradable solutions
  • Sustainable Management of Agro-ecosystems
  • Biodiversity conservation

Thesis (B.A./M.A.) and PhD supervision

  • BSc in Biology at University of Novi Sad (SR)
  • MSc in Environmental Studies (JEMES programme – EU Commision scholarship awarded) at University of Aalborg (DK), Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH, DE), Autonomous University of Abreclona (UAB, ES)
  • MSc in Agro-Environmental Technology for a Sustainable Agriculture (Polytechnical University of Madrid, ES)
  • Doctorate in Agro-environmental Technology for Sustainable Agriculture (2014) at Polytechnical University of Madrid (UPM) in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), ES
  • Doctorate obtained with outstanding note "Cum Laude" and international mention.

Short bio

Dr. Jelena Barbir (PhD, MSc, MSc, BSc) hat sich 2019 dem FTZ-NK-Team als Expertin für das H2020-Projektmanagement angeschlossen. Mit mehr als 8 Jahren Erfahrung in der Entwicklung von Projekt Anträgen betreut sie jetzt das Projekt BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE, welches durch das Programm Horizon 2020 finanziert wird. Sie verfügt über einen starken Hintergrund in den Bereichen nachhaltige Entwicklung, Erhaltung der Biodiversität und Umweltwissenschaften. Ihr aktueller Forschungsschwerpunkt liegt auf Nachhaltigkeit, Achtsamkeit und Klimawandel.

Dr. Jelena Barbir (PhD, MSc, MSc, BSc) has joined the FTZ-NK team in 2019 as an expert in the HORIZON project management. With over 8 years of experience in the project proposals development, she now leads the BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE project, funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme. She has a strong background in sustainable development, conservation of biodiversity and environmental sciences. Her current research focus stands on environmental sustainability, mindfulness and climate change.


Journal Articles (ISI)

  • Barbir, J.*, Fendt, M., Salvia, A., Filho, W.L., et al. (2022): Moving from Conventional Plastics to Sustainable Solutions – Assessing Human Willingness to Change Current Practices. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-68074-9_82-2 
  • Filho, W.L., Dedeoglu, C., Pimenta Dinis, M.A., Salvia, A., Barbir, J.*, et al. (2022): Riverine Plastic Pollution in Asia: Results from a Bibliometric Assessment. Land, 11(17), pp. 1-19. doi.org/10.3390/land11071117 
  • Filho, W.L., Kovaleva, M., Tsani, S., Barbir, J.*, et al. (2022): Promoting Gender Equality Across the Sustainable Development Goals. Environment Development and Sustainability. doi.org/10.1007/su10668-022-02656-1 
  • Filho, W.L., Barbir, J.*, Özuyar, P.G., et al. (2022): Assessing Provisions and Requirements for the Sustainable Production of Plastics: Towards Achieving SDG 12 from the Consumers’ Perspective. https://doi.org/10.3390/su142416542
  • Stasiškienė, Ž., Barbir, J.*, Draudviliene, L., Filho, W.L., et al. (2022): Challenges and Strategies for Bio-Based and Biodegradabble Plastic Waste Management Europe. doi.org/10.3390/su142416476
  • Filho, W.L., Salvia, A., Sierra, J., Babir, J.*, et al. (2022): COVID-19 and Households Waste in Hispanic America: An Assessment of Trends. doi.org/10.3390/su142416552
  • Behnam Kamkar a, Mohammad Taghi Feyzbakhsh b, Hassan Mokhtarpour b, Jelena Barbir c*, Jasmin Grahi ́c d, Sylwester Tabor e, Hossein Azadi (2022): Effect of heat stress during anthesis on the Summer Maize grain formation: Using integrated modelling and multi-criteria GIS-based method. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2023.110318 
  • Barbir, J.*, Baars, C., Eustachio, J.H.P.P., Sharifi, A., Demarzo, M., and Filho, W.L. (2023): Observing Sustainability through the Mindfulness Lens: A Conceptual framework Based on a Bibliometric Review Analysis. (publication in progress)
  • Leal Filho, W., Barbir, J.*, Gwenzi, J. et al. (2022): The Role of Indigenous and Local Knowledge in Climate Change Adaptation in Africa, Journal of Environmental Science and Policy, In press.
  • Filho WL, Barbir J*, Abubakar IR, Pac o A, Stasiskiene Z, Hornbogen M, et al. (2022): Consumer attitudes and concerns with bioplastics use: An international study. PLoS ONE 17(4): e0266918. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0266918 
  • Fendt MT, Leal Filho W, Barbir J and Boenecke J (2022): Perceived effectiveness and sustainability of face masks among German citizens during the 2nd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic – a cross-sectional study. Front. Public Health 0:119. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.768454
  • Leal Filho, W., Wall, T., Barbir, J.* et al. (2022): Relevance of international partnerships in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Nature Communication 13, 613 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-28230-x
  • Barbir, J.*, Leal Filho, W., Salvia, A.L., Fendt, M. T. C., Babaganov, R., Albertini, M. C., Bonoli, A., et al. (2021): Assessing the Levels of Awareness among European Citizens about the Direct and Indirect Impacts of Plastics on Human Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Vol 18, Issue 6
  • Filho W.L., Salvia A.L., Bonoli A., Saari U.A., Voronova V., Klõga M., Kumbhar S.S., Olszewski K., De Quevedo D.M., Barbir J.* (2021): An assessment of attitudes towards plastics and bioplastics in Europe. Science of The Total Environment. Vol 755, Part 1.
  • Leal Filho, W., Barbir, J., Sima, M. et al. (2020): “Assessing the Role of Ecosystems Services in the Sustainability of the Urban Environment: a multi-country analysis”, Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Tošić, I., Mirosavljević, M., Pržulj, N., Barbir, J., Trkulja, V. (2019): “Effect of geotextile and agrotextile on some essential plant nutrients, vitamin C content and productivity of lettuce”, Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 79, No. 4.
  • Barbir, J. (2016): Managing semi-natural habitats of pollinators within agro-ecosystems. Entomology, Ornithology & Herpetology. Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 1-3.
  • Barbir, J., Badenes-Perez, F. R., Fernandez-Quintanilla, C., Dorado, J. (2016): Functionality of selected aromatic Lamiaceae in attracting pollinators in Central Spain. Journal of Economic Entomology. Vol. 109, Issue 2, pp.1-8.
  • Barbir, J., Badenes-Perez, F. R., Fernandez-Quintanilla, C., Dorado, J. (2015): Can floral field margins improve pollination and seed production in coriander, Coriandrum sativum L. (Apiaceae)? Agricultural and Forest Entomology. Vol. 17, pp. 302–308
  • Barbir, J., Badenes-Perez, F. R., Fernandez-Quintanilla, C., Dorado, J. (2015): The attractiveness of flowering herbaceous plants to bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) and hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) in agro-ecosystems of Central Spain. Agricultural and Forest Entomology. Vol 17, Issue 1, pp. 20-28
  • Barbir, J., Dorado, J., Fernández-Quintanilla, C., Blanusa, T., Maksimovic, C., Badenes-Pérez, F. R. (2014): Wild rocket – effect of water deficit on growth, flowering and attractiveness to pollinators. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B – Soil & Plant Science. Vol 64, Issue 6, pp. 482-492
  • Barbir J., Prats Ferret M. (2011): “Assessment of the agricultural and domestic water usage by the women of N’Hambita village, Sofala province, Mozambique”, Life Sciences Series,  Vol 21, Issue 2, pp. 409-416
  • Barbir, J., Leal Filho, W., Spiric, J. (2008): An appraisal of measures to cope with climate change in the Baltic Sea, Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 82-91.

Book Editor

  • Handbook of Climate Change and Biodiversity, Series: Climate Change Management, Springer, Eds. Walter Leal Filho, Jelena Barbir, Richard Preziosi

Book Chapters

  • Barbir, J. et al. (2022): Moving from Conventional Plastics to Sustainable Solutions – Assessing Human Willingness to Change Current Practices. In: Leal Filho, W., Azul, A.M., Doni, F., Salvia, A.L. (eds) Handbook of Sustainability Science in the Future. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-68074-9_82-1
  • Pabasara, A.G., Barbir, J., Rodriguez Lloveras, X. (2018): “Analysis of Existing Disaster Risk Reduction Programs and Enhancement of Capacity Development for Health Risks from Floods in Western Balkan”. Climate Change Adaptation in Eastern Europe: Managing risks and building resilience to climate change, Eds. Leal Filho, W., Trbic, G, Filipovic, D., Series: Climate Change Management, Springer
  • Barbir, J., Rodriguez Lloveras, X., Aguado Martin, O.L (2018): “Impact of Climate Change on Sawfly (Suborder: Symphyta) Polinators in Andalusia Region, Spain”, Handbook of Climate Change and Biodiversity, Series: Climate Change Management, Springer
  • Barbir, J., Leal Filho, W. (2012): “Socio-environmental Evaluation of Drip Irrigation System Implementation as a Climate Change Adaptation Measure Within the N´hambita Community Carbon Project Area, Mozambique”, pp. 663-684, Climate Change and the Sustainable Use of Water Resources, Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

Conference Publications

  • Barbir, J.,  Badenes-Pérez, F.R. Martín, J.M., Campos, D., Fernández-Quintanilla C., Dorado, J. (2015): “Utilización de Centaurea cyanus L. para la conservación de insectos beneficiosos en el centro de España”, XV Congreso de Malherbología SEMh 2015, Sevilla, España
  • Barbir, J., Dorado, J., Fernández-Quintanilla C., Blanusa, T., Maksimovic, C., Badenes-Pérez, F.R. (2014): Impact of drought and regulated deficit irrigation on attractiveness of Diplotaxis tenuifolia (Brassicaeae) to bees and hoverflies. En: Landscape Management for Functional Biodiversity (J. Holland, B. Gerowitt, F. Bianchi, A. Kedziora, D. Lupi, M. van Helden, C. Moonen, P. van Rijn, eds.), pp. 13–16, IOBC wprs Bulletin, Vol. 100. The Publication Commission of the IOBC/wprs, Montfavet Cedex, Francia, ISBN 978-92-9067-280-7.
  • Barbir, J., Martín, J.M., Campos, D., Fernández-Quintanilla C., Badenes-Pérez, F.R. y Dorado, J. (2012): Attractiveness of flowers of different plant species to bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) and hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) of Central Spain. En: Landscape Management for Functional Biodiversity (J. Holland, B. Gerowitt, O. Alomar, F. Bianchi, L. Eggenschwiler, M. van Helden, C. Moonen, H.M. Poehling W. Rossing, eds.), pp. 25–28, IOBC wprs Bulletin, Vol. 75. The Publication Commission of the IOBC/wprs, Montfavet Cedex, Francia, ISBN 978-92-9067-252-4.
  • Simeunovic, J., Barsi, A., Barbir, J., Knezevic, P., Petrovic, O. (2006): Microbiological Study of Special Nature Reserve “Gornje Podunavlje” (the Upper Danube Basin) – Monoštorski rit (Monostor marsh), Proceedings 36th International Conference of IAD. Austrian Committee Danube Research / IAD, Vienna. ISBN 13: 978-3-9500723-2-7. Pp 343-347.

Additional information

  • Clean driving licence B category + international driving licence (Issued: 31-10-2001)
  • Using SPSS, ArcGIS, Word, Excel, PP
  • 2010 – chosen for one of the four best students of Serbia (ERSTE award)
  • Experience in presentation of scientific results at scientific congresses and meetings as well as in written publications.
  • Experience in working in multidisciplinary teams
  • HOBBIES: Yoga, painting, climbing, hiking, gardening