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…

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…

Managing Director, Board Member

Managing Director Axel Klie is Managing Director of IRI THESys. He studied philosophy, sociology and sports sciences at the University Bielefeld, the Eberhardt-Karls-University Tübingen and the Free University Berlin. For his doctoral studies in philosophy he joined the interdisciplinary Research Training Group „Genesis, Structures and Impacts of Science and Technology“ at the University Bielefeld and…

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…