Director Jörg Niewöhner is the director of IRI THESys. He holds a PhD in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia from 2001. In 2004, he joined the Institute of European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin to develop the Collaboratory: Social Anthropology and Life Sciences. He now holds a chair in Social Anthropology of…

Deputy Director Patrick Hostert is Deputy Director of IRI THESys and Head of the Earth Observation Lab of the Geography Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He received his first degree in physical geography from Trier University, Germany, in 1994, an M.Sc. in GIS from Edinburgh University, UK, in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Remote Sensing…

Board Member Bettina König is a horticultural socio-economist by training, focussing on systemic innovation studies in the broader field of sustainable land management and regional development. Among other research projects and networks in her research group at IRI THESys, she has shaped the BMBF project ginkoo Management of integrative innovation processes focusing on new institutional…

Tobas Krüger

Board Member Tobias Krüger is Professor of Hydrology and Society at Humboldt-Universität´s Geography Department. He studied Geoecology at the Technical University of Braunschweig and obtained his doctorate in Environmental Science from Lancaster University in 2009. From 2008 to 2013, he worked as Senior Research Associate, Associate Tutor and Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of…

Board Member, Graduate Program Board

Board Member Jonas Ø. Nielsen is Professor in Integrative Geography at Humboldt-Universität´s Department of Geography. He studied social anthropology at Auckland University, New Zealand, and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and obtained his doctorate in Human Geography in 2010 at University of Copenhagen with a dissertation entitled “Despite the Rain. Living and dealing with climate…

Member Robert Arlinghaus is Professor for Integrative Fisheries Management at the Faculty of Life Sciences in joint professorship with the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. Robert did his doctoral dissertation on the human dimensions of fisheries in 2003 and since then works as interdisciplinary fisheries scientist on social-ecological dynamics of recreational fisheries. He…

Graduate Program Board

Graudate Program Board Member Gretchen Bakke became a Guest Professor at IRI THESys in January 2018. Her training is as a cultural anthropologist (University of Chicago, 2007) and she maintains a strong methodological attachment to extended research with local communities. This work often involves formal and informal interviews but is premised primarily upon being there,…

Member Klaus Eisenack is Professor for Resource Economics at the Faculty of Life Sciences at the Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences. Klaus Eisenack completed his doctoral dissertation in Mathematics in 2006 at Free University in Berlin and became Professor in Environment and Development Economics and later Resource Economics at the Carl von…

Member Ignacio Farías is professor of urban anthropology at the Institute of European Ethnology and board member of the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies of the HU Berlin. Previously he was assistant professor at the Munich Center for Technology in Society at TU Munich (2015-18) and senior researcher at WZB Social Science Research Center Berlin…

Member Peter H. Feindt is Professor of Agricultural and Food Policy at the Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Previously, he was Professor of Strategic Communication at Wageningen University (2013-2017), Senior Lecturer/Reader for Environmental Policy and Planning at Cardiff University (2007-2013) and Senior Researcher at University of Hamburg…