Hannah Maier-Peveling

Student Associate

Hannah is a Bsc (Hons) Economics with Politics and International Relations student at New College of the Humanities, having left Germany to study in London, and joined Volans as a Student Associate in June 2021.

She has an interest in the impact of economic systems on the natural and social environment and how that relationship might be influenced going forward.


Hannah’s Superpower: Inquisitiveness

Q. How did you wake up to the change agenda?
A. It was a cumulation of factors, starting with me not understanding how corporations, and governments too, can act as if they bear no responsibility for the natural environment, as if it is their right to exploit its resources. Seeing the Amazon rainforest, considering what happens to waste once it leaves our houses and being immersed in large cities were some of the following factors.

Q. When are you most fulfilled?
A. When I have a sense of purpose – be it helping others, working towards something tangible or studying for sake of understanding. Also when I’m in nature.

Q. Where is your centre of gravity: past, present or future?
A. A mixture of present and future. I say this despite valuing the past for bringing us here and teaching us valuable lessons (if we chose to be its students), as the past is especially valuable when considered in light of the present and future.

Q. What are you grateful for?
A. Getting up on my feet every morning, privileged to not struggle with chronic disease. That, and being able to devote time to learning.