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Infrastructure Walkshop at the Berlin Science Week

With two walkshops around Berlin’s water and energy infrastructures, IRI THESys is part of this year’s Science Week. The guided tours with Timothy Moss will take place on November 7 and 10. A ‘walkshop’ around Berlin’s water and energy infrastructures In two guided tours, the historian Prof. Timothy Moss takes you on a journey along…

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Hello students! Apply for the THESys Award 2021!

For the 7th time, IRI THESys awards the THESys Award for excellent Bachelor and Master theses in the field of sustainability research. All HU students are invited to apply! Deadline for applications is November 30, 2021. What’s the THESys Award? The THESys Award honours talented students for their final theses written in the fields of…

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Congrats to Fabian Stenzel for his successful defence

On September 14th, THESys Doctoral Researcher Fabian Stenzel successfully defended his dissertation on the implications of large-scale irrigated bioenergy plantations for future water use and water stress. Fabian will continue his work at  the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in a PostDoc project on global systemic risks arising from degradation of the biosphere…

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Discussion paper out: Rethinking academic travel

Students of the Humboldt-Scholarship spent a whole year investigating academic travel at Humboldt-University zu Berlin. The results of their research have just been published in a THESys Discussion Paper. How to travel more sustainably? In their research, the students of the Humboldt-Scholarship ‘Sustainability and Global Justice’ 2020/21 analyzed academic travel as substantial source of CO2-emissions at…

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Film screening: Gold in the metro station

Based on her PhD on artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Tanzania, IRI THESys researcher Anna Frohn Pedersen has directed the 60-second film ‘Gold’, which is currently being screened in the metro stations of Seoul (South Korea). Watching the search for gold The experimental film was made in 2018 in the Geita Region of Tanzania,…

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Gold mining in Orlovka

New paper: Constructing consent for gold extractivism

How does a gold mine become an exemplary case of ‘cooperation’? THESys researchers Beril Ocaklı and Tobias Krüger, together with co-authors Marco Janssen and Ulan Kasymov, pursue this question in their new article published in Ecological Economics. Taking the discourse seriously: Rational self-interest and resistance to mining in Kyrgyzstan Focusing on Kyrgyzstan’s third largest gold deposit…

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Humboldt Labor: 25 meters of dialogue

With an opening ceremony, the Humboldt Forum opened its doors to the public on July 20, 2021. One of six inaugural exhibitions is the show of the Humboldt Labor “After Nature”, to which also a number of THESys researchers have contributed. The exhibition “After Nature” addresses the interactions between climate change and biodiversity loss, as…

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