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New project: Healthy and Biodiverse Edible Cities

The new research project “Healthy and Biodiverse Edible Cities” (HEBEDI), led by THESys Member Dr. Ina Säumel and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), explores the impact of biodiversity on urban health. A transdisciplinary Community of Knowledge and Practice Building on the successes of EdiCitNet and the HealthyLiving projects, IRI…

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Successful PhD: Congratulations to Krys Unverzagt

On 13 May 2024, Krys Unverzagt successfully defended her PhD thesis “Enactments of Knowledge and Social Order in Participatory Modelling: An Ethnographic Perspective on the Relationship between Science and Democracy”, supervised by Prof. Jörg Niewöhner and Prof. Tobias Krüger, at the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie (IfEE) and IRI THESys. She graduated with summa cum laude.…

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KOSMOS-Lesung by Hermann Lotze-Campen

On 30 May 2024, Prof. Hermann Lotze-Campen will give a KOSMOS-Lesung on agricultural and food transformation. The agricultural economist will explain why such a transformation is urgently needed, but also possible, and why it is of central importance for shaping the Anthropocene in a sustainable way. A comprehensive agricultural and food transformation is possible -…

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Successful PhD: Congratulations to Janine Hauer

On 01 March 2024, Janine Hauer successfully defended her PhD thesis “Transforming the ricescape. A case study from Burkina Faso”, supervised by Prof. Jonas Ø. Nielsen and Prof. Jörg Niewöhner, at the Geography Department at HU Berlin. She graduated with summa cum laude. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Ouagadougou and Bagré Janine’s thesis traces how…

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Video recording online: KOSMOS-Lesung by Tilman Brück

On 15 February 2024, economist Prof. Tilman Brück (HU Berlin & IGZ) gave a KOSMOS-Lesung at HU Berlin. In his lecture “Towards Zero Hunger”, he presented the various factors that influence food security worldwide. Using examples from different countries in Asia and Africa, he explored the question of whether and how development aid and humanitarian…

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MOOC: Cultivating Sustainable Urban Environments

On 15 February 2024, the EdiCitNet project launched its Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Making Cities Edible: Cultivating Sustainable Urban Environments”. This online course invites you to explore the fascinating intersection of urban development and food production, unraveling the full potential of Edible City Solutions. The course is free of charge. On 15 February 2024,…

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Desirée Hetzel: the BUA and me

In the third episode of the series “The BUA and me – Protocols from the Excellence Network”, THESys Postdoc Desirée Hetzel reports on her work in the research project “Climate and Water under Change” (CliWaC). The anthropologist is investigating how people in Berlin and Brandenburg react to environmental changes and what this means for their…

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Successful PhD: Congratulations to Nicole van Maanen

On 22 January 2024, Nicole van Maanen successfully defended her PhD thesis “Development of scenarios for sectoral adaptive capacity to climate change”, supervised by Prof. Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, at the Geography Department at HU Berlin. She graduated with magna cum laude. In her doctoral thesis, Nicole developed indices to evaluate adaptive capacity, delving into their socioeconomic…

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New Blog Post: River Points Along the Spree

In August 2023, researchers Desirée Hetzel, Fabio Brill and Patricia Usée from Climate and Water Under Change (CliWaC), Pauline Münch from AnthropoScenes and along with Till Goldmann published a blog post and coinciding interactive map in the Umwelt Ethnologie AG of the DGSKA (Environmental Anthropology Working Group). The post, titled Flusspunke Entlang der Spree: Szenen…

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THESys Award 2023 for Bachelor and Master theses – Winners announced

In 2023, as every year, the IRI THESys invited students to submit their final theses for consideration for the THESys Award. We received a number of wonderful submissions from students in Geography, European Ethnology, Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Economics, Integrated Natural Resource Management, Psychology, Global Change Geography, and Business Administration, among them many theses supervised by…

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