Doctoral Researcher

Heindriken Dahlmann is a doctoral researcher at the IRI THESys and the Geography Department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her PhD project is funded by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

Heindriken’s research focuses on telecoupled water flows, especially in the form of virtual water embedded in agricultural products. Within her PhD project, she tries to disentangle the relationships between water scarcity, agricultural production, and food system resilience in order to better understand possible cascading risks at different scales.

Heindriken completed her B.Sc. in Geography at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and her M.Sc. in Geography of Global Change at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. During her studies, she spent semesters abroad at the German-Jordanian University in Amman (Jordan) and at the University of Stockholm (Sweden). In Stockholm, Heindriken also did an internship at the Stockholm Resilience Center. Before starting her PhD, she joined the Alexandria Research Center for Adaptation to Climate Change (ARCA) in Egypt as a visiting researcher.

Research Interests

  • Hydrology and society
  • Virtual water flows
  • Climate change impacts on water resources
  • (Agricultural) water scarcity
  • Interdisciplinary research approaches


Wang-Erlandsson, L., Tobian, A., van der Ent, R.J., Fetzer, I., Te Wriek, S., Porkka, M., Staal, A., Jaramillo, F., Dahlmann, H., Singh, C., Greve, P., Gerten, D., Keys, P., Gleeson, T., Cornell, S., Steffen, W., Bai, X., Rockström, J. (2022): A planetary boundary for green water. Nat Rev Earth Environ 3, 380– 392. Doi: 10.1038/s43017-022-00287-8.

Dahlmann, H., Stephan, R., Stahl, K. (2022): Upstream-downstream asymmetries of drought impacts in major river basins of the European Alps. Frontiers In Water. Sec. Water and Hydrocomplexity, 4. Doi: 10.3389/frwa.2022.1061991.

Fila, D., Fünfgeld, H., Dahlmann, H. (2023): Climate change adaptation with limited resources: adaptive capacity and action in small and medium-sized municipalities. Environment, Development and Sustainability. Doi: 10.1007/s10668-023-02999-3.

Fünfgeld, H., Fila, D., Dahlmann, H. (2023): Upscaling climate change adaptation in small- and medium-sized municipalities: current barriers and future potentials. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 61. Doi: 10.1016/j.cosust.2023.101263.

photo credits: Heindriken Dahlmann