Ina Säumel holds a MSc in Geography, a MSc in Biology and a PhD in Ecology. She works as assistant professor and leads the research group on Multifunctional Landscapes since 2014 at TU Berlin and shifted in 2018 to the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Ina conducts and supervises research on urban and landscape ecology, land use change, sustainable use of resources and environmental pollution with the special focus on developing concepts for multifunctional, biodiversity friendly and healthy landscapes. She received funding from DFG, BMBF, DAAD, Deutscher Stifterverband and EU among others. She published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and supervised over 60 BA- and MA thesis and 10 PhD theses.
Ina currently leads the following research projects: “EdiCitNet Edible Cities Network Edi-CitNet: Edible Cities Network – Integrating Edible City Solutions for social resilient and sus-tainably productive cities” (EU H2020); “RuralFutures – Strategies towards multifunctional, biodiverse and sustainable productive landscapes in silvi- and agricultural modified grass-lands in Uruguay” (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF) and “HealthyLiving – Strategical Planning of Residential Greenery for a future proof city“ (Berg Stiftung, Deutscher Stifterverband).
- Impacts, mechanisms and tipping points of land use changes
- Concepts for sustainably productive, multifunctional, biodiversity friendlly and healthy landscapes
- Empower transdisciplinary and inclusive communities of knnwledge and practise
EdiCitNet: Edible Cities Network – Integrating Edible City Solutions for social, resilient and sustainably productive cities
RuralFutures – Strategies towards multifunctional, biodiverse and sustainable productive landscapes in silvi- and agricultural modified grasslands in Uruguay
HealthyLiving – Strategy and planning tool for a healthy green residential environment in city of the future
Selected Peer Reviewed Publications (>30 publications since PhD 2007)
Wilk, B.; Säumel, I.; Rizzi, D. (in press) Collaborative governance arrangements for co-creation of nature-based solutions. In. Edoardo Croci (Ed.) “Nature-based solutions for more sustainable cities: impacts and benefits”.
Schmid, H.L.; Säumel, I. (2021) Outlook and Insights: Perception of residential greenery in multistorey housing estates in Berlin, Germany. In: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2021.127231
Castellar J.A.C.; Popartan, L.A.; Pueyo-Ros, J.; Atanasova, N.; Langergraber, G.; Säumel, I.; Corominas, L.; Joaquim Comas, J.; Acuna, V. 2021. Nature-based solutions in the urban context: terminology, classification and scoring for urban challenges and ecosystem services.Science of The Total Environment, 779, 146237. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146237
Pille, L.; Säumel, I. 2021. The water-sensitive city meets biodiversity: habitat services of rain water management measures in highly urbanized landscapes. Ecology and Society 26(2):23. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-12386-260223
Säumel, I.; Hogrefe, J.; Battisti, L.; Wachtel, T.; Larcher, F. (2021): The healthy green living room at one’s doorstep? Use and perception of residential greenery in Berlin, Germany. In: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Volume 58, March 2021, 126949. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2020.126949
Heredia Salgado, M.A.; Säumel, I.; Cianferoni, A.; Tarelho, L.A.C. (2021) Potential for Farmers’ Cooperatives to Convert Coffee Husks into Biochar and Promote the Bioeconomy in the North Ecuadorian Amazon. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 4747. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11114747
Petelka, J.; Plagg, B.; Säumel, I.; Zerbe, S. (2020) Traditional medicinal plants in South Tyrol (northern Italy, southern Alps): biodiversity and use Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 16:47. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13002-020-00419-8
Battisti, L.; Pille, L.; Wachtel, T.; Larcher, F.; Säumel, I. (2019) Residential Greenery: State of the Art and Health-Related Ecosystem Services and Disservices in the City of Berlin. Sustainability 2019, 11, 1815. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11061815 (Special Issue The Future of Sustainable Communities: Planning, Design and Implementation)
Säumel, I.; Reddy, S. E.; Wachtel, T. (2019): Edible City Solutions—One Step Further to Foster Social Resilience through Enhanced Socio-Cultural Ecosystem Services in Cities. Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 972. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11040972 (Cover story of the Special Issue Sustainable Urban Agriculture)
Scharf, N.; Wachtel, T.; Reddy, S.E.; Säumel, I. (2019) Urban Commons for the Edible City—First Insights for Future Sustainable Urban Food Systems from Berlin, Germany. Sustainability 2019, 11, 966. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11040966
Pozo, P. & Säumel I. (2018) How to Bloom the Green Desert: Eucalyptus Plantations and Native Forests in Uruguay beyond Black and White Perspectives in Forests 2018, 9(10), 614. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9100614
Säumel I. & Butenschön S. (2018) HealthyLiving: Strategie und Planungsinstrument für gesundheitsförderndes Wohnumfeldgrün in der Stadt der Zukunft. Edition Nachhaltige Gesundheit in Stadt und Region / Sustainable Urban & Regional Health Bd.1: „Stadt der Zukunft – Gesund und nachhaltig“; Hg.: Fehr, Hornberg.
Säumel I., Herrera R., Barcia L., Barra, M. (2017): Bridging the gap between Environmental and Science Education: The ‘Student Science Approach’. In ‘Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaften und die Suche nach neuen Wissensordnungen (Hrsg. Pfister Th. in Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaften und die Suche nach neuen Wissensordnungen” Metropolis Verlag)
Säumel, I., Weber, F., Kowarik, I. (2016): Towards livable and healthy urban streets: road-side vegetation provides ecosystem services where people live and move. Environmental Science and Policy. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2015.11.012
Schlecht, M.T. & Säumel, I. (2015): Wild growing mushrooms for the Edible City? Cadmi-um and lead content in edible mushrooms harvested within the urban agglomeration of Berlin, Germany. Environmental Pollution 204:298-305.
Weber, F., Kowarik, I., Säumel, I. (2014): A walk on the wild side: perceptions of roadside vegetation beyond trees. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 13, 205-212.
von Hoffen, L.P. & Säumel, I. (2014): Orchards for edible cities: Cadmium and lead con-tent in nuts, berries, pome and stone fruits harvested within the inner city neighbour-hoods in Berlin, Germany. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 101: 233-239.
Weber, F., Kowarik, I., Säumel, I. (2014): Herbaceous plants as filters: Immobilization of particulates along urban street corridors. Environmental Pollution 186: 234–240.
Säumel, I., Kotsyuk, I. Hölscher M., Lenkereit C., Weber, F., Kowarik I., (2012) How healthy is urban horticulture in high traffic areas? Trace metal concentration in vegetable crops from plantings within Inner city neighbourhoods in Berlin, Germany. Environmental Pollution. 165:124-132.