Associated Member Jörg Niewöhner was director and deputy director of IRI THESys for many years until April 2023. 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.…

Member Patrick Hostert is founding 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 from…

Graduate Program Board

Graduate Program Board Member Dieter Gerten is Research Group leader and Coordinator for Earth Modelling at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) as well as Professor for Global Change Climatology and Hydrology at the Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. After having studied Applied Physical Geography at the University of Trier (diploma 1997), he…

Board Member Gretchen Bakke became a member of IRI THESys in January 2018. Here she was a Guest Professor from 2018 to 2020 and is currently Senior Fellow at IASS Potsdam and Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, within the research theme Anthropocene Formations. Her training is as…

Associated 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…

Director Tobias Krüger is Director of IRI THESys and 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…

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 change…