At IRI THESys, we conduct scientific research into the dynamics of human-environment relations. Against the backdrop of climate change, researchers pay particular attention to the intersections between land use practices and issues of water/energy use and governance. This includes research on food-fuel-fibre production, resource extraction and biodiversity management as well as investigations into the relationship between urban centres and their regional and global hinterlands as connected through technical, economic and regulatory infrastructures.

THESys Projects

RuralFutures – Strategies towards multifunctional, biodiverse and sustainable productive landscapes

THESys Project

Project leader: Ina Säumel

PhD Projects

Understanding Human-Carnivore Co-existence in South America’s Tropical Dry Forests

PhD Project

Project leader: Jamie Burton

Unpacking the agricultural frontier in the Peruvian Amazon

PhD Project

Project leaders: Miguel Angel La Rosa Salazar

Deforestation frontiers

PhD Project

Project leader: Ana Buchadas

Land transfer in rural Sichuan, China

PhD Project

Project leader: Kristin Leimer

Agricultural transformations

PhD Project

Project leader: Mehwish Zuberi

Social space: Exploring the production of space in rural southwestern China

PhD Project

Project leader: Haoying Li

Land ownership and land use

PhD Project

Project leader: Clemens Jänicke

Network Projects

Understanding the Role of Material Stock Patterns for the Transformation to a Sustainable Society (MAT_STOCKS)

Network Project

Project leader: Patrick Hostert

THESys Projects

EdiCitNet – Integrating edible city solutions

THESys Project

Project leader: Ina Säumel

PhD Projects

Problem-constitution in agricultural policy-making: the case of preventive soil protection

PhD Project

Project leader: Katharina Bäumle

Solarizing irrigation in India

PhD Project

Project leader: Aditya Korekallu Srinivasa

Resilience to multiple harvest failure: The role of storage, trade, and local markets

PhD Project

Project leader: David Meng-Chuen Chen

Organic farmers’ advisory networks

PhD Project

Project leader: E. Grace Leonnig

Post soviet food security

PhD Project

Project leader: Olga Statnaia

Inclusive bioeconomy development

PhD Project

Project leader: Hyunjin Park

Food4Future

PhD Project

Project leader: Anna Heitger

Network Projects

Food and Agricultural Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition (FAARM)

Network Project

Project leader: Sabine Gabrysch

Marine ecological-economic systems in the Western Baltic Sea and beyond: Shifting the baseline to a regime of sustainability

Network Project

Project leader: Robert Arlinghaus

Science-based Management and Sustainable Development of Pike Populations of Coastal Lagoons at Ruegen Considering Socio-economic, Fisheries, Ecological and Touristic factors

Network Project

Project leader: Robert Arlinghaus

Enhancement of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Small Artificial Gravel Pit Lakes through Good Managerial Practice in Recreational Fisheries

Network Project

Project leader: Robert Arlinghaus

THESys Projects

AnthropoScenes

THESys Project

Project leader: Jörg Niewöhner

Water Security for Whom

THESys Project

Project leader: Tobias Krüger

PhD Projects

Following Dammed Rivers in Colombia

PhD Project

Project leader: Laura Betancur Alarcón

Telecoupled water flows

PhD Project

Project leaders: Heindriken Dahlmann

Uncertainties and hydro-social transformations in the salt flats of northern Chile

PhD Project

Distribution of social-ecological benefits of sand dams in Kenya

PhD Project

Project leader: Pius Borona

Network Projects

Thinking with Rivers for Environmental Peacebuilding

Network Project

Project leaders: Denisse Roca-Servat, Laura Betancur Alarcón, Ana María Arbeláez, Xiomara Mendoza, Holmedo Peláez Grisales, J. Sebastian Silva

CliWaC

Network Project

Project leaders: Britta Tietjen, Uwe Ulbrich, Jörg Niewöhner, Christoph Schneider, Birgit Kleinschmit, Dieter Scherer

Glacial lake outburst floods in the Halji region, Nepal

Network Project

Project leader: Christoph Schneider

Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change regarding abiotic factors of vulnerability in glaciated high mountain regions of Central Asia

Network Project

Project leader: Christoph Schneider

THESys Projects

PhD Projects

Atmos/Fears: Learning to Be Affected by Landscapes on Fire

PhD Project

Project leader: Marvin Heine

The Economics of Climate Change

PhD Project

Project leader: Denis Momanyi

The need for accountability in climate change adaptation

PhD Project

Project leader: María José Vásquez

Scenarios for sectoral adaptive capacity to climate change

PhD Project

Project leader: Nicole van Maanen

The climate consistency of fincance flows

PhD Project

Project leader: Luis Zamarioli

Situating complexity

PhD Project

Project leader: Anja Klein

Climate change adaptation in China’s agriculture

PhD Project

Project leader: Jelena Grosse-Bley

Network Projects

Provide

Network Project

Project leader: Carl-Friedrich Schleussner

Climate response and the interaction of hydro-, atmo- and cryosphere in Southern Patagonia

Network Project

Project leader: Christoph Schneider

Ocean-based Negative Emission Technologies

Network Project

Project leader: Stefan Schäfer

THESys Projects

Past-proofing Infrastructure Futures: Usable Histories of Urban Technology Today

THESys Project

Project leader: Timothy Moss

HealthyLiving – Strategy and planning tool for a healthy green residential environment in the city of the future

THESys Project

Project leader: Ina Säumel

PhD Projects

Tensions between decarbonisation, (neo) extractivism and energy sovereignty: the case of Mexico

PhD Project

Project leader: Itzell Torres

Making things happen

PhD Project

Project leader: Krystin Unverzagt

Support and opposition to mining

PhD Project

Project leader: Jorge Vega

Living in cold houses, ¿fitting or retrofitting?

PhD Project

Project leader: Paz Araya

Network Projects

Experimental Fields

Network Project

Project leader: Sandra Jasper