Alumna (Doctoral Researcher)

Franziska Walther is a predoctoral researcher at IRI THESys working on her PhD research proposal that focusses on the socio-ecological system of the Greek-Albanian Vjosa river. As the Vjosa is one of the few European rivers still unmodified by barriers, Franziska is interested in how the free-flowing river characteristically shapes nature and its interactions with human populations. To this end, she aims to apply a transdisciplinary approach that enables the collaboration with scientists across fields and local actors.

Prior to joining IRI THESys, Franziska did her Bachelor’s in Geography at Universität Leipzig and her Master’s in Global Change Geography at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Besides studying, she worked as a student assistant at Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), where she analysed the linkage between hydrochemistry and its surrounding geology and land cover within the Vjosa river catchment.

Research Interests

  • Socio-hydrology
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Participatory Research

Social Media

Find Franziska on Twitter and GitHub.

Photo credits: Hannah Bailey