Katharine Zywert

My work is about shifting complex systems to create wellbeing, health, sustainability, and equity. At Openly, I collaborate with an incredible team to lead evaluation, research, and strategy projects that fuel the hearts and work of purpose-driven changemakers. In my PhD, I write about how communities can build planetary health by working together in ways that benefit both people and the planet. I recognize that systems change work is exceptionally complex and often full of tension and uncertainty. I support clients to navigate this messiness with confidence and to make decisions that are grounded in strong principles and a vision of the future while also responding to emergence along the way.

I have a Master’s of Science in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford, a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo, and am completing a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. I am the co-editor of Health in the Anthropocene: Living Well on a Finite Planet and have authored or co-authored 13 publications about health and social-ecological systems change.

Please reach out if you would like to connect: katharinezywert@gmail.com