Postdoctoral Researcher

Desirée Hetzel is a postdoctoral researcher in the interdisciplinary project “Climate and Water under Change” (CliWaC). She is working with Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner on human-water-interactions in Berlin-Brandenburg from an anthropological perspective. Her research involves ethnographic fieldwork, asking epistemological and ontological questions around climate change related water problems experienced by the public.

As an anthropologist, Desirée is interested in understanding current global and local environmental issues from a human and more-than-human perspective. During her PhD project she worked with people in Vanuatu, Oceania, on climate change perceptions and ontological differences in adaptation projects. She is further interested in building bridges between academic work and education on various levels.

She obtained her B.A. in Anthropology and Educational Science at the Universität Heidelberg and her M.A. in Anthropology at the Universität zu Köln. Before joining the IRI THESys she worked as researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU).

Research Interests

  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Climate Change
  • Human-Water-Relations

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