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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys


Partners of IRI THESys

HU Departments - Regional Partners - Institutional memberships - Personal memberships - Initiatives


HU Partners

The Geography Department


The Geography Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is widely recognized for being a hub of geographical research in Germany (Rank 1 German Research Foundation (DFG)). Its research focuses on two major topics: Metropolitan studies with a wealth of research projects spanning from urban cultures to urban ecology; Land system science to better understand coupled human-environment systems. The department is closely linked to regional research institutes and substantially contributes to the scientific discussions on global change and globalization.

The Department of Agricultural Economics


The Department of Agricultural Economics analyzes drives of structural change in the agricultural sector with a particular focus on climatic and global change. Global and local adjustment processes are investigated from different perspectives, including individual decision making, international trade, agricultural policy issues as well as institutional design and resource economics. The research output of the department supports an efficient and sustainable usage of agricultural land.

The Philosophy Department


The Philosophy Department offers specialization in a broad range of fields across the discipline. The faculty’s strengths lie in Philosophy of Mind, the History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Logic and Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Culture, and Ethics. Current research covers a variety of topics including questions in the Philosophy of Law, Ethics, and the Philosophy of Natural Science, where the methods of scientific discovery are investigated.

The Institute of European Ethnology


The Institute of European Ethnology focuses on ethnographic studies of how people’s everyday lives are shaped by the environment and vice versa. In empirical case studies, the multiple relations between the material world and social, cultural, political, economic and moral figurations are analysed. Questions of social differentiation, power and knowledge take centre stage. Current laboratories of relevance to IRI THESys include: urban anthropology, science and technology studies and the anthropology of rural spaces.

The School of Business and Economics


The School of Business and Economics at Humboldt-Universität is a research orientated institute adhering to international standards. It provides comprehensive analyses of diverse economic themes using a broad set of theoretic, empirical, and experimental tools. The more focal themes such as risk, institutions, and competition are studied within cooperative research centers that coordinate research efforts and attract additional outside funding.

Berlin Institute for Public Theology

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The Berlin Institute for Public Theology is engaged in debates on religious issues in the public sphere. It accepts the challenge of answering the question whether theology’s public significance and impact is a contested one inside and outside religious communities. The institute is contributing to the clarification of normative issues, the formation of opinions and political delibaration. It involves the plural perspectives of faith into public debates and allows for a critical reflection of those perspectives.

Regional Partners

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)


The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) was founded in 1992 and is a member of the Leibniz Association. PIK researchers work closely together across disciplines to study global change impacts on environmental and social systems. They examine the Earth system's capacity for withstanding human interventions and devise strategies for sustainable development. Interdisciplinarity is a distinctive characteristic of PIK research.

The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)


The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) is a leading research institute in the field of agricultural and rural development in transition economies of Europe and Asia. Research at IAMO addresses the key challenges in the fields of agriculture, value chains, rural livelihoods and the society, natural resource use, as well as policies and governance. The results of IAMO’s research are transferred to the various stakeholders in the policy arena, business and society and help to better informing decision makers at various levels.

The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)


The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is an independent and interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge about freshwater ecosystems. It is structured in six departments (Ecohydrology, Ecosystem Research, Experimental Limnology, Biology and Ecology of Fishes, Ecophysiology and Aquaculture, Laboratory for Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry).

The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)


The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) is an institution of the Leibniz Association whose mission is to explain causal relationships in agricultural landscapes and to provide society with a knowledge-base for the sustainable use of agricultural landscapes through interdisciplinary research. The centre is structured in three Research Areas (Landscape Functioning, Land Use and Governance, Landscape Research Synthesis) and two Research Platforms (Data, Models & Simulations).

Institutional memberships

European Citizen Science Association (ECSA)


The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) is a non-profit association set up to encourage the growth of the Citizen Science movement in Europe. The network is supported by organizations from over 17 EU and other countries promoting citizen science. In March 2016, IRI THESys became an organizational member, and Prof. Tobias Krüger was nominated as the institute's ESCA delegate next to Dr. Bettina König and Prof. Jörg Niewöhner as additional representatives.

Personal memberships

German Committee Future Earth (DKN Future Earth)


Future Earth is a research initiative that brings together scientists from different disciplines providing a global platform for knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration. The German Committee Future Earth (DKN Future Earth) acts as national representative for international relationships, developments and activities. IRI THESys is part of the community represented by Prof. Patrick Hostert and Prof. Wolfgang Lucht as members of DKN Future Earth.

Global Land Project (GLP)


The Global Land Project (GLP) is an interdisciplinary community of science and practice fostering the study of land systems and the co-design of solutions for global sustainability. It is fully endorsed by Future Earth and engages with a wide variety of international programmes, networks, and stakeholders in land related activities. IRI THESys director Prof. Patrick Hostert is member of the Scientific Steering Committee.

Initiatives at IRI THESys

Nachhaltigkeitsbüro der Humboldt-Universität Berlin (student initiative)


Initiating – Linking – Transforming: The Nachhaltigkeitsbüro’s vision is a sustainable Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. As a student-driven sustainability office, the initiative coordinates projects for resource-conserving operations, education for sustainable development, student research for a sustainable university and society, and collaboration between active students, initiatives and the university. Be part of the movement!

The Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (WINS)


Within the interdisciplinary context of IRI THESys the “Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems” (WINS) serves as a platform for knowledge exchange. It aims to stimulate communication, research and education across scientific communities. WINS provides a space for the self-organization of scholars from local and international networks interested in the institutions and governance structures of Social-Ecological Systems.

Humboldt Graduate School (HGS)


The Humboldt Graduate School (HGS) is an umbrella organization for structured research programs. Its goal is to offer doctoral candidates excellent conditions to fulfill a PhD and to ensure quality for its member programs. It offers a wide range of services for doctoral candidates like trainings for key competencies, mentoring and guidance and - if nessessary - advice and support should a conflict arise.

Forum „Nachhaltige Universität“ (HU)


Founded in January 2016, the Forum "Nachhaltige Universität" aims for more sustainability within the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It consists of the university's president, students from the student-driven sustainability office as well as members from all status groups including representatives from IRI THESys, namely Prof. Tobias Krüger and Prof. Kirsten Meyer.