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).

Research Interests

  • 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


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. (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; (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.

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;

Säumel I. & Butenschön S. (2018) HealthyLiving: Strategie und Planungsinstrument für gesund-heitsförderndes 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