Working Groups


The THESys Graduate Program aims to foster a new generation of researchers who can tackle future challenges with creative and innovative solutions. The initiatives highlighted below showcase a section of the wide range of topics which doctoral researchers actively investigate. These projects and groups are created, developed and organised solely by the doctoral researchers.

Decolonial Working Group

The decolonial research group was born in February 2020 as a student initiative to study and disseminate Decolonial Studies in the transdisciplinary work of the IRI THESys.

We currently hold a bi-weekly meeting, in which we present and discuss relevant texts from Decolonial Studies and other currents of critical thought. We also work on the development of our own texts and comment on the work of close colleagues and guests, with the aim of producing a fruitful and transversal dialogue. In June 2021, we held an Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Decolonizing Academia at IRI THESys which explored  how coloniality influences knowledge production within academia.

You can follow our reading sequence here.

For any collaboration, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Jorge Vega, Co-organiser & Speaker


Mining Working Group

We initiated the Mining Working Group in 2018 as more and more researchers interested in studying different aspects of global mining practices and processes joined IRI THESys.  Envisioned and enacted as a space of reflexive exchange, the Working Group brings IRI researchers working on different types and aspects of mining and resource extraction in dialogue.

Through our current research, we cover various forms of extractivisms and alternatives in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan), East Africa (Tanzania) and Latin America (Chile, Colombia and Mexico). Our research is interdisciplinary, multi-method and speaks to critical geography, political ecology, anthropology, institutional economics, decolonial studies and cognate scholarships. For a snapshot of these mining research projects, you can read three in-depth research stories here.

Members of our group include; Sascha Cornejo PuschnerCristián Flores FernándezAnna Frohn Pedersen,  Liliana MosqueraBeril OcaklıJorge Vega. 

We welcome your queries and interest in potential collaboration with our thought collective. 

Beril Ocaklı, Co-organiser & Speaker


Situated Modelling Working Group

Further information will follow shortly.


Axel Klie
Managing Director
Phone: +49 30 2093-66338