Aysen Eren is an industrial engineer with a MSc from Columbia University. After working many years as an engineer, in early 2000 she decided to listen to her heart to change her path and on nature and nature-human relations. To create awareness on sustainable living, reconnecting to nature and building communities, she established Sustainable Living Games in 2008, programmes composed of games and group exercises. Aysen returned to university to pursue her PhD and was awarded awarded the Fox Fellowship in April 2013 by the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, supporting one academic year of research. Her research focused on the cumulative impact of reduced water flow, which is a product of multiple Run-of-River type hydropower projects located consecutively along a river system, on the sustainability of the environment and social-ecological systems.