Alumnus (Doctoral Researcher) Hoseung Jung (hosŋ ʒəŋ, 정호승) was a doctoral researcher at IRI THESys from 2017 to 2023. He studied environmental engineering and management in an Erasmus Mundus master’s program at Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany and Aalborg University, Denmark. He wrote his master’s thesis at Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB),…

Doctoral Researcher E. Grace Leonnig graduated from University College London (UCL) with a Master of Science in Anthropology, Environment, and Development. Prior, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Fairfield University, USA. Currently, Grace is in pursuit of her PhD from the Department of Geography at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Until 2023,…

Doctoral Researcher Julia Behringer is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Agriculture and Food Policy in the Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin funded by DAAD. Her main research interests are citizen participation in public and private food governance, global democracy, sustainable agricultural transitions, political discourse, and e-government. Julia has a background as…

Alumna (Student Assistant) Hannah Prawitz is working as a student assistant at IRI THESys. Since September 2020, she supports the student-driven Sustainability Office (Nachhaltigkeitsbüro) by organising the Lecture Series on Sustainability of the Studium Oecologicum. The Studium Oecologicum is a new concept for sustainable teaching and learning addressing all students at Humboldt-University. The project a…

Project Staff EdiCitNet

Project Staff EdiCitNet Stephanie Ligan started working for IRI THESys in December 2020. She studied French and German Philology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and East European History at State University Saint Petersburg and Freie Universität Berlin. Originally trained as a commercial assistant, she has been working in administration and customer relations for retailing companies for several…

Alumna (Student Assistant) Veronika Pinzger (aka Vero) is working as a student assistant at IRI THESys. Since January 2018 she is a volunteer member of the student-driven Sustainability Office (Nachhaltigkeitsbüro) and since March 2021, she officially works for and supports it by coordinating and implementing the students certificate Studium Oecologicum. The Studium Oecologicum is a…

Alumnus (Guest Researcher) Santos D. Chicas’ project will use machine learning algorithms and social science methods to identify the land use practices, biophysical and socioeconomic factors that increase wildfire vulnerability in the Maya Mountain Massif (MMM) thus, providing information to build more resilience to climate change and in so doing improving wildfire management. The Maya…

Graduate Program Board

Postdoctoral Researcher Rossella Alba is a postdoctoral researcher working at the Hydrology and Society research group, Geography Institute. Her research examines socio-ecological inequalities through a focus on hydrosocial relations and the politics of infrastructure and (water) governance. She is interested in environmental justice, (urban) political ecology, socio-technical interactions and in the potentials offered by inter-…

Project Staff EdiCitNet

Project Staff EdiCitNet Marisa Pettit joined  IRI THESys in 2021 as a project coordination assistant for the EdiCitNet. She has a BA in Modern Languages and Cultures from the University of Manchester and an MA in Latin American Studies, with a focus on Social Anthropology and Political Ecology, from Freie Universität Berlin. She has previously…

Alumna (Doctoral Researcher) Nicole van Maanen graduated in Climate Studies from Wageningen University and Research (MSc.) and in Politics, Administration and Organisation from Universität Potsdam (B.A.). She wrote her master thesis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and has worked as a Research Analyst at Climate Analytics since 2019. During her Bachelor…