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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Theresa Frommen

Postdoctoral researcher
Integrating the social dimension into hydrogeological research and work


  • Understanding the connection between groundwater and society and why and where conflicts arise
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation and approaches
  • Science communication and education


"When I started the preparation for my doctoral thesis more than three years ago I was challenged with the questions: Where can I get information about how to approach the local communities I was going to work with? Which methods are available to understand how non-scientists think about groundwater? During my education, I have learned a lot about water, especially about groundwater, but I have learnt nothing about the people using it, nothing about the interrelationship between humans and groundwater, how you can analyze this and how it may affect your work as a hydrogeologist. At IRI THESys I would like to deepen my research on socio-hydrogeology in order to develop it as a standard approach in hydrogeological work, research and teaching." Theresa Frommen

Theresa Frommen studied Geological Sciences with a focus on Hydrogeology at Freie Universität Berlin, RWTH Aachen University and University of Manchester. After her Masters, she was a research associate and doctoral student at the Hydrogeology Group, Institute of Geological Sciences, FU Berlin, doing research about participatory methods in hydrogeology with a focus on India. She lived and worked from September 2016 to January 2018 in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Since September 2019, Theresa is a Postdoc within the group of Prof. Dr. Tobias Krüger in the frame of the Geo.X Young Academy “Geo.Society”.

Selected Publications

Frommen, T. (2018) Wasserversorgung in Indien – Konflikt & Lösung aus hydrogeolo-gischer Sicht. perspektive mediation, 4-2018.

Groeschke, M., Frommen, T., Winkler, A., & Schneider, M. (2017) Sewage-Borne Ammonium at a River Bank Filtration Site in Central Delhi, India: Simplified Flow and Reactive Transport Modeling to Support Decision- Making about Water Management Strategies. Geosciences, 7(3), 48.

Groeschke, M., Frommen, T., Taute, T., & Schneider, M. (2017) The impact of sewage-contaminated river water on groundwater ammonium and arsenic concentrations at a riverbank filtration site in central Delhi, India. Hydrogeology Journal, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10040-017-1605-1

Groeschke, M., Frommen, T., Grützmacher, G., Schneider, M. & Sehgal, D. (2015) Applica-tion of Bank Filtration in Aquifers Affected by Ammonium – The Delhi Example. In: Wintgens et al. (eds.) Natural Water Treatment Systems for Safe and Sustainable Water Sup-ply in the Indian Context: Saph Pani. IWA Publishing, London.

Kretzschmar, T.G. & Frommen, T. (2013) Stable isotope composition of surface and groundwater in Baja California. Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 7: 451-454.