Dr Alberto Varone
Dr Alberto Varone worked at the IASS as a senior scientist from February 2011 to December 2015. His research focuses on energy and environmental questions from a theoretical and a practical perspective. He headed the “Recovery of CO₂ for the production of methanol” research programme, which aims to produce technical and economic assessments of technologies used in the production of sustainable fuels from renewable energies and captured CO2.
Amy Green worked on outreach with the IASS Global Soil Forum from June 2014 to November 2016. She sensitized and engaged society on the issues of soil and land. A wide variety of formats including publications such as the Soil Atlas, animation films, art exhibitions, and science communication formats such as a gameshow at the International Green Week speak to different target groups with a similar message: the need for societal mobilization for an effective and equitable protection of soil and land rights.
Dr Andrea Mues
Dr Andrea Mues joined the IASS as a project scientist in June 2014. Her research interests include atmospheric chemistry, regional air quality and its modelling and the interaction between air quality and climate. She studied meteorology at Freie Universität Berlin, where she also received a doctorate.
Angela Borowski started working at the IASS in 2010 as adviser to nobel laureate and former Scientific Director Carlo Rubbia. She has an MSc in International Relations and Communications and long-term professional experience in international project management in both the private sector and non-governmental institutions. Since 2014, she has been project-coordinator for the Potsdam Summer School.
Anna Barbara Sum
Anna Barbara Sum studied history and economics at Berlin’s Freie Universität and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is currently working on her PhD on economic expertise, which focuses on the economist Albert O. Hirschman. Sum was a junior fellow in the Cultures of Economics – Cultures of Sustainability research group at the IASS from 2012 to 2014.
Benjamin Bayer is a research associate on the Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change at the IASS Potsdam. He conducts research on the regulatory framework for flexibility options with a special focus on demand response. Before joining the IASS, Benjamin worked as a project developer for stand-alone photovoltaic systems in Senegal and as a systems engineer for airport baggage-handling systems. He studied industrial engineering in Berlin (BEng) and renewable energy engineering in Hagen (MSc).
Dr Bianca Schröder
Dr Bianca Schröder joined the IASS communications department in June 2014. She studied philosophy, literature and journalism in Hamburg (MA) and Baltimore (PhD) and received her journalistic training at the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung.
Dr Birgit Lode
Dr Birgit Lode heads the IASS project Environmental Law and Institutions for Air, Climate and Sustainability (ELIAS). She completed a doctorate in international law and has been conducting research on different aspects of international environmental law since 2007. She is a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Potsdam and the Centre for International Studies at the Technical University of Dresden.
Boris Gotchev studied political science at the Freie Universität Berlin. As a member of the Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change (TPEC) at the IASS, he studies the financial participation of private citizens in the expansion of renewables and policy design in this area. His master’s thesis examined citizen-led energy initiatives in Germany and Denmark.
Britta Bookhagen studied geology, maths and physics in Berlin and Boston. She has worked with teachers and pupils as a lecturer and project manager in various research institutes, including the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam (GFZ), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University in the United States, and the Natural History Museum in Vienna. She was a research associate at the IASS Potsdam from April 2012 to November 2015.
Dr Camilla BauschDr Camilla Bausch is the Director of the Ecologic Institute. Her work revolves around questions of national and international climate and energy policy. Dr Bausch is co-editor of the Carbon & Climate Law Review and initiator of the project EnergyTransitionArt. Prior to joining the Ecologic Institute, she worked as a business consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.
Dr Carole Durussel
Dr Carole Durussel joined the IASS Ocean Governance team in 2015. Her work focuses on regional ocean governance, with a particular focus on the legal and institutional framework for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). She holds a diploma degree in marine environmental sciences from the University of Oldenburg (Germany), a graduate certificate in business administration, and a PhD in international marine environmental law from the University of Wollongong (Australia). Prior to her PhD studies, Dr Durussel worked at IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) on the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), an international partnership aiming to help with the identification of ecologically or biologically significant areas (EBSAs) in ABNJ.
Dr Carolina Cavazos Guerra
Dr Carolina Cavazos Guerra has been a post-doctoral research fellow at the IASS since 2013, working on the SMART (Sustainable Modes of Arctic Resource-driven Transformation) project. She holds a PhD in climate science from University College London and has a background in oceanography (BSc and MSc). Prior to her time at the IASS, she was a post-doctoral research fellow on the Fennec: The Saharan Climate System Project and a convener for the MSc in Climate Change and Policy at the University of Sussex. She has collaborated with the University of Oxford on the UNDP Climate Change Country Profiles and CARIBSAVE projects. As a passionate yogi, she offers complimentary yoga classes at the IASS to help to contribute to the well-being of the institute’s staff.
Born in the US, Craig Morris (@PPchef) has lived in Germany since 1992 and worked in the energy sector since 2001. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the IASS. Coauthored with Arne Jungjohann, his forthcoming book Energy Democracy is the history of Germany’s Energiewende as a grassroots movement. He has served as technical editor of IRENA’s REmap since 2013 and of the 2015 edition of Greenpeace’s Energy (R)evolution. In 2008, he cofounded Berlin’s PV Magazine. Since 2010, he has been contributing editor of Renewables International, which he also cofounded. In 2012, he became lead author of EnergyTransition.de. In 2014, he won the International Association of Energy Economists’ prize for energy journalism.
Dr Edouard Cottin-Euziol
Edouard Cottin-Euziol joined the IASS in September 2015 as a project scientist for the DOLFINS (Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society) project, which aims to develop scenarios for the future of the international monetary and financial systems and explore the consequences of banks being able to create credit and money in an international context. In 2013, Cottin-Euziol defended his PhD in economics at the University of Limoges, France, where he also taught macroeconomics and the history of economic analysis for six years. His thesis focused on the relationship between the banking origin of money and the dynamics of economies. Grounded in the study of numerous economists and on Keynesian models of monetary macroeconomics, it explored the consequences of banks being able to create money by issuing credit.
Dr Erika von Schneidemesser
Dr Erika von Schneidemesser received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 2009 from the Environmental Chemistry and Technology Program, with a specialisation in atmospheric chemistry. She did a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Leicester, UK investigating air pollution and air quality and climate change feedbacks, with a focus on urban areas. From 2011-2012 she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow, at the US National Science Foundation working on issues of international collaboration. She joined the IASS in 2012.
Dr Falk Schmidt
Dr Falk Schmidt has been the head of the cross-cutting IASS unit on “Transdisciplinarity, Theories and Methodology” since July 2015. In the previous four years, he served as academic officer of IASS Executive Director Klaus Töpfer. Falk studied philosophy, business and law at the Freie Universität Berlin and holds a PhD in political science.
Fanny Sass is currently following a course of study in Integrated Natural Resource Management at Humboldt-Universität Berlin. At the Global Soil Forum, she is involved in diverse research activities and the organization of the Global Soil Week. Fanny is also working on her master’s thesis at the IASS, in which she is researching the effectiveness of Sustainable Land Management projects in Kenya. She has worked in China on development cooperation issues and holds a BA in political science from Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald.
Friderike Kuik is a PhD student at the IASS and the Institute for Physics and Astronomy of the University of Potsdam. She studied physics in Marburg and Potsdam before specialising in climate physics for her master’s in Potsdam. Her master’s thesis on modelling soot concentrations in South Africa was also completed at the IASS and submitted in 2014. Friderike also worked as a trainee at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Brussels.
Dr Galina Churkina
Dr Galina Churkina is a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and a visiting scientist at the Geography Department of Humboldt University in Berlin. The current focus of her research is on feedbacks between urbanisation and the atmosphere and their implications for society. She uses state-of-the-art computer models along with ground and satellite measurements to analyse these feedbacks. Galina holds a PhD from the School of Forestry, University of Montana, USA and a diploma in Mathematics from Moscow State University, Russia. For many years she worked as a senior scientist and group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany. She was also a visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA and at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, USA.
Grace Mbungu joined the IASS as a Fellow and a Ph.D. candidate in May 2016. Her research focuses on the social dynamics of energy transitions. Her doctoral research focuses on identifying and contextualizing the factors that hinder or support the adoption and sustainable use of clean, safe, efficient, and affordable cooking technologies and fuels in Kenya. At the IASS, she supports the energy team as well as the KLASICA Alliance. Before joining the IASS, Grace worked as a junior researcher at DIALOGIK: Institute for Communication and Cooperation Research in Stuttgart, Germany.
Dr Grischa Beier
Dr Grischa Beier studied mechanical engineering with a specialisation in engineering design at the Technical University Ilmenau (Germany), the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil) and ITMO University in St. Petersburg (Russia). From 2006 to 2014 he worked as a research fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK in Berlin, where his research topics covered modelling procedures in product creation as well as information provision and traceability in cross-domain development processes. Grischa Beier holds a doctorate in engineering from the Technical University Berlin. In 2014, he joined the IASS Potsdam, where he is researching the sustainability impacts of future industry trends.
Ina Richter has a background in the humanities and the social sciences. She heads the DEMOENERGY research project at the IASS, which examines the practice of dialogue-centred civic participation in the context of transformation processes such as the Energiewende.
Dr Ira Matuschke
Dr Ira Matuschke has been coordinating the Renewable Resources and Sustainable Development Goals Forum at the IASS since 2014. Before that, she worked as an agricultural economist in various capacities for the OECD in Paris and the FAO in Rome. She is particularly interested in the task of shaping sustainable agriculture in developing countries.
Jeff Ardron was a Senior Fellow at the IASS from November 2012 to May 2015. His research focuses on global marine governance in this new era dominated by human activities—the Anthropocene—and on how well existing institutions are adapting to or failing to meet the rising demands of resource exploitation, conservation, transparency and accountability. His research also tracks developments that threaten to disrupt the status quo, redistributing access and stewardship of valuable marine resources more broadly across states, the private sector, and civil society. Mr Ardron is a frequent guest lecturer, and has consulted widely, recently for planning projects in West Africa, Chile, Canada, and the UK. He maintains his involvement in his home country of Canada as President of the Board for the Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association (PacMARA).
Dr Jes Weigelt
Dr Jes Weigelt is the coordinator of the Global Soil Forum at the IASS. He obtained his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Humboldt-Universität Berlin working on pro-poor institutional change in the Brazilian Amazon. At IASS he facilitates multi-stakeholder processes for knowledge exchange on sustainable soil and land management. His current research focuses on the links between institutions, inequality and sustainability focusing on land governance. Prior to his current position, he worked for the International Fund for Agricultural Development and held management and research positions at the Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität Berlin.
Judith RosendahlJudith Rosendahl joined the IASS Global Soil Forum in 2012. Her research generally focuses on the governance and sustainable development of social-ecological systems and participatory research approaches. Since completing the project “Pro-poor Resource Governance under Changing Climates”, where she led the case studies in Burkina Faso, India and Bangladesh, Judith has been carrying out research on the adoption of sustainable land management practices in Tanzania and Malawi. She holds a degree in sociology, geography and political science and previously worked in development cooperation.
Dr Julia Schmale
The atmospheric scientist Dr Julia Schmale worked at the IASS from May 2012 to October 2014. In the summers of 2013 and 2014 she took snow samples in Kyrgyzstan. She is now at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland.
Katharina Beyerl is a psychologist with a focus on environmental psychology and has studied in Leipzig and Jena. She is currently writing a PhD thesis in geography at Humboldt University Berlin about the perception of environmental changes and motivation for adaptation in Pacific small island states. She joined the IASS in 2012 and is working in the team Sustainable Interactions with the Atmosphere (SIWA).
Dr Kathleen Mar
Dr Kathleen Mar is an atmospheric chemist with an interest in air quality management strategies and the interactions between science and policy. After completing her Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, she spent several years working at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She joined the IASS in 2012.
Dr Kathrin Keil
Dr Kathrin Keil has been a Project Scientist at the IASS since 2013 where she is co-leading the Arctic research project SMART (Sustainable Modes of Arctic Resource-driven Transformations), which focuses on stakeholder engagement and governance challenges in the resource-driven transformations in the Arctic and the feedback effects between Arctic and non-Arctic regions. Kathrin received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2013. In her dissertation she researched the international politics of the Arctic, with a focus on international regimes and institutions in the areas of energy, shipping and fishing. She is also the Europe Director of The Arctic Institute – Center for Circumpolar Security Studies where she regularly writes about and comments on current Arctic developments. Further, Kathrin is part of the official German observer delegation to the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council.
Katleen De Flander
Kerstin Fritzsche joined the research project “Digitalisation and Impacts on Sustainability” as a senior research associate in January 2017. Her research focuses on the challenges and opportunities that information and communication technologies (ICTs) present to developing and newly industrialized countries and explores alternative approaches to “development” within the context of sustainable digital transformations. Prior to joining the IASS, Kerstin Fritzsche worked in the field of policy advice and development cooperation with a focus on climate change and renewable energies in North Africa and the Middle East.
Prof. Klaus Töpfer
Professor Dr. Klaus Töpfer is the former Executive Director of the IASS and Council Chair at Agora Energiewende. He is also the former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) based in Nairobi and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (1998-2006). He was Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from 1987 to 1994 and Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Housing and Urban Development from 1994-1998.
Konrad GürtlerKonrad Gürtler works as a Student Assistant at the IASS and supports the new project on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. He is currently pursuing an MA in Environmental Policy and Planning at TU and FU Berlin. Holding a BA in Political Science, he has studied in Berlin, Winnipeg and Istanbul. His research interests include climate change, energy policy, and renewables as well as environmental justice.
Dr Lorenzo Cremonese
Dr Lorenzo Cremonese holds a degree in geological sciences from D'Annunzio University in Chieti (Italy) and a PhD in geochemistry from University College London. He joined the group "Role and Potential of Unconventional Gas" at the IASS in January 2013. In his research on the economic and political aspects of unconventional gas development worldwide, Lorenzo focuses on environmental issues, in particular CO2 emissions and fugitive methane in fossil fuel exploitation.
Lindsey Weger is a PhD student at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. Her PhD focuses on modelling the effects of air pollutant emissions from the German Energy Transition on local and regional air quality using the WRF-Chem atmospheric chemistry transport model. In her current project, she is looking at the air quality impacts of a potential shale gas development in Europe. Lindsey also worked on her master’s thesis at the IASS, in which she developed a model to quantify the impact of the hydrogen economy, facilitated by methane cracking, on CO2 and CH4 emissions. She received her BSc degree in Biochemistry at the University of Vermont in 2011 and her MSc degree in Chemistry at the RWTH Aachen University in 2015.
Manuel Rivera was born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany, in 1976. He studied sociology, philosophy and Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the National University of Buenos Aires (UBA), from 1997 until 2003. After receiving his diploma with a thesis on environmental awareness, he served as a project officer for the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), Berlin, and, temporarily, for the European Network of Environmental Councils (EEAC), Brussels, until 2007. The following years he worked as an actor at several German municipal theatres, before returning to sustainability issues by joining IASS in March 2011. He also is a doctoral candidate at the University of Stuttgart.
Marianne Pascale Flynn
Marianne Pascale Flynn is a geoscience project scientist at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. For the past two years she has been part of the 'Role and Potential of Unconventional Gas' group and has just recently joined the SMART research group (Sustainable Modes of Arctic Resource-driven Transformations). Prior to joining the IASS, she worked in the oil and gas industry for five years on projects including conventional oil and gas, shale gas and coal bed methane exploration as well as geothermal drilling projects worldwide. Her experiences of the human implications of hydrocarbon exploration led her to her research at the IASS. Her work has encompassed all aspects of the shale gas debate over the past few years but specifically on stakeholder dialogue and public engagement across Europe as well as greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions associated with a shale gas development in Europe. Marianne lives in Potsdam with her husband and infant daughter and is a keen marathon runner.
Prof. Mark Lawrence
Professor Dr Mark G. Lawrence is the Managing Scientific Director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. He is focusing on a range of sustainable development topics at the science-policy and science-society interface. His primary research interests lie on the impacts and mitigation of short-lived, climate-forcing pollutants (SLCPs) and on the potential impacts, uncertainties and risks of “climate engineering”. He received his PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996, followed by positions as a postdoc and research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. In 2006 he was awarded his habilitation at the University of Mainz. He has been teaching at the University of Mainz and the University of Potsdam and has supervised numerous PhD students. Among other projects, he coordinated the EU project EuTRACE (European Transdisciplinary Assessment of Climate Engineering) and the EU project MEGAPOLI, and has authored or co-authored over 130 publications. In 2013 he became a contributing author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. He has served as editor for the journals Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, and Atmospheric Environment, and is a member of various international committees, most notably the Science Team of the UNEP Atmospheric Brown Clouds project (ABC), the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry project (IGAC), and the Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (CACGP).
Prof. Martin Jänicke
Prof. Martin Jänicke is a senior fellow at the IASS. The political scientist has been active at the interface of science, policy advice and politics for forty years. He has held various positions, including that of planning consultant at the Federal Chancellery (1974–1976) and member of the Berlin House of Representatives. He was director of the present-day Environmental Policy Research Centre at Berlin’s Freie Universität from 1986 to 2007.
Matheus Alves Zanella
Matheus Alves Zanella has been a research fellow at the IASS since August 2012. He is also a PhD candidate at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern. Zanella holds a master’s degree in Rural Development from the Humboldt University Berlin, Ghent University in Belgium and AgroCampus Ouest-France and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Brasília. At the IASS Global Soil Forum, his research focuses on the global governance of food systems and the role of multi-stakeholder deliberation processes for advancing sustainability governance. He gained his previous work experience at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) office in Brasília, the Brazilian Ministries of Rural Development and of Agriculture, and farming organisations in his home country, where he always dealt with topics related to trade, agricultural and environmental policies and their interaction with food security and sustainable management of natural resources.
Michele Ferrari studied international relations at Sciences Po in Paris, France, with a focus on sustainable development and international cooperation. He joined the IASS in October 2012 to work on communications for the Earth, Energy and Environment Cluster, and has a strong interest in the political, social and economic aspects of the energy transition.
Miranda Boettcher is a project scientist at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany. Her research interests include climate engineering governance and the interplay of language, knowledge and power in political decision-making processes. She has previously worked as a research analyst for Foresight Intelligence in Berlin, Germany. Prior to this, she was an investigator at the Mintz Group in San Francisco, USA, and a research assistant at the Heidelberg University, Germany.
Dr Mohammed Qader
Dr Mohammed Qader is a geoscientist with a PhD in environmental geochemistry from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He has been working at the IASS on soil and environmental and renewable energy issues since November 2012. Dr Qader is passionate about solar energy and the water-energy nexus.
A dual Danish-American citizen, Professor Dellinger is an Associate Professor of Law with the University of South Dakota School of Law, where she teaches International Environmental Law, Public International Law and International Human Rights. She researches and writes extensively on the intersection between international and environmental law, with a particular focus on climate change. She started and hosts the Global Energy and Environmental Law Podcast on iTunes. Professor Dellinger is also the Chair of the International Environmental Law section of the American Branch of the International Law Association. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation’s Law and Social Sciences Program.
Nigel Moore was a Research Fellow at the IASS from July 2013 to June 2015. Since 2010, Nigel has been engaged in research on climate engineering at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada), The Oxford Martin School (UK), and the University of Waterloo (Canada). His work currently focuses on enabling transparency in CE research, particularly field-testing. Previously he has created an online library of reference material on CE, and has been involved in the organisation of summer schools, workshops, and public seminars aimed at increasing the availability of reliable information about CE to the general public, and increasing the flow of information between research groups and individuals around the world.
Dr Patrick Matschoss
Dr. Patrick Matschoss is a research scientist on the Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change (TPEC) at the IASS. As a trained economist he has worked on a wide range of topics in energy economics and climate change policy within national, European and international contexts, focusing on market-based instruments like capacity mechanisms, emissions trading schemes, energy taxation and energy efficiency regulation. He has also worked on capacity-building for CDM projects. In recent years Patrick has focused on the German transition and electricity market design in the context of high shares of renewable energy as well as capacity mechanisms, the financing of renewable energies, and long-term trends in the development of the electricity sector. Patrick has also managed complex processes to support science-based policy-making.
Patrick Toussaint works at the IASS as a project scientist in the ELIAS project, which conducts research and tracks developments in the field of international environmental law on climate, air and sustainability. He graduated with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in international environmental law and policy from University College London (UCL) and holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Technology and International Affairs from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and TU Vienna.
Dr Philipp H. Lepenies
R. Andreas Kraemer
R. Andreas Kraemer is the founder and Director Emeritus of the Ecologic Institute. He is currently Senior Fellow at the IASS Potsdam and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Canada, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of German Studies at Duke University. His research and advisory work focuses on theory and practice of global institutions for the environment, resources, climate and energy.
Rainer Quitzow joined the IASS in December 2014. His research focuses on sustainable innovation and industrial policy and governance of the energy transition in Germany and beyond. In particular, he has focused on the internationalisation of emerging renewable energy industries and the changing role of emerging economies in this context. He regularly engages in policy-oriented advisory work for both German and international clients. Before his career as a researcher, Rainer Quitzow worked in the field of international development with a focus on governance, environmental and trade policy. At the World Bank in Washington, DC he conducted governance and policy impact analysis for the preparation of development programs in Latin America and Africa.
Rebecca Kutzner studied geosciences at the University of Potsdam (BA 2012) and went on to gain a dual Master’s in Global Change: Ecosystem Science and Policy from University College Dublin and Justus Liebig University in Gießen (2013). During her studies she gained practical experience at the Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland, where she worked on the management of wetlands, emissions and stakeholder engagement in the Climate Change department. Rebecca came to the IASS in 2014 and has been gaining more experience of cooperation on air pollution with public authorities at various political levels.
Dr Sabine Christiansen
Dr Sabine Christiansen is currently a fellow at the IASS. In the course of her five-month stay at the institute, she is investigating the potential environmental effects of deep-sea mining, particularly in the light of existing international and European commitments to (marine) environmental protection. Christiansen holds a diploma in biology and a PhD in biological oceanography and has been working for many years on a freelance basis in the field of marine environmental protection.
Sean Low is a fellow at the IASS. His research focuses on the uses and limits of scenario and gaming methods, as well as analogies in previous debates on emerging technologies, to explore potential future contingencies in climate engineering.
Seán Schmitz joined the IASS on a work placement with the project “Climate Change and Air Pollution: Research Needs and Pathways to Policy Implementation” (ClimPol - http://climpol.iass-potsdam.de/) in early 2017 as part of his joint M.Sc. programme in Global Change: Ecosystem Science and Policy programme (UCD, Dublin, / JLU, Giessen). During his time in Potsdam, he assisted the project’s scientific leader, Dr Erika von Schneidemesser, in her work on an IASS publication on black carbon and on the ClimPol science-policy engagement training module, documenting case studies of successful science-policy engagement. He hopes this work experience with the IASS will propel him along his career path towards his goal of enhancing cooperation and engagement at the science-policy interface.
Dr Sebastian Helgenberger
Dr Sebastian Helgenberger is the head of the IASS Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change. He holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the department of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. He completed his M.A. at Leuphana University Lüneburg and ETH Zürich.
Sebastian Unger is head of the Ocean Governance research area at the IASS. His research focuses on political and societal transformation processes for the protection and sustainable use of the seas. Previously, he has worked in the field of the practical implementation of international environmental policy, including posts as Deputy Secretary of the OSPAR Commission for the Protection of the Northeast Atlantic and in the Department of Economics and Sustainability of the German Foreign Office. Sebastian Unger studied biology and political sciences.
Soline Bonnel joined the IASS in March 2016 and was appointed sustainability manager in June 2016. She is in charge of developing the sustainability strategy for the institute, in the frame of the Internal Sustainability Initiative ISI. Coming from France, Soline studied environmental sciences at the University of Toulouse and geopolitics and international relations at the Institute for Political Studies (IEP) of Toulouse. Before joining the IASS, she worked at Airbus in the Corporate Environmental Affairs team as environmental management system coordinator, where she was in charge of internal and external environmental audits.
Sonja Thielges joined the IASS as a research associate in August 2016. Her work focuses on the international dimension of the Energiewende and the G20’s energy agenda. Prior to this, Sonja was a member of the Americas Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), where she worked on US climate and energy policy. Sonja holds an MA in North American Studies, Political Science and Modern History from Freie Universität Berlin. She is currently working on a PhD project on climate policy discourses at the state level in the USA.
Stefan Schäfer leads the research program “Emerging Technologies and Social Transformations in the Anthropocene” at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany. His research focuses on the history, philosophy and politics of science and technology, with a particular focus on the emerging field of climate engineering. He was a guest researcher at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) from 2009-2012 and a fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation’s Global Governance Futures program in 2014-2015. Stefan studied at the University of Tübingen and at Cornell University and holds a master’s in political science, philosophy, and history from the University of Tübingen. He recently submitted his doctoral dissertation at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he is enrolled in the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies.
Stefan Skrimshire is a lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. He was a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam for ten weeks over the summer of 2016. During this time he lived in East Berlin. The research undertaken during this fellowship is being written up as a journal article and considered for review.
Dr Sybille Röhrkasten
Dr Sybille Röhrkasten leads the Energy Transition Project at the IASS. In her research, she focuses on international policy and governance to foster a global energy transition. Before joining the IASS, Sybille engaged in foreign policy consultancy on energy and climate issues at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin. Sybille holds master degrees in International Economics and Political Science from the University of Tübingen, as well as a PhD from the Free University of Berlin.
Dr Thomas Bruhn
Thomas Bruhn is a basic physicist by background and received a doctorate in physics from the Technical University of Berlin for his dissertation about the interaction between organic molecules and semiconductor nanostructures. After research stays at the University “Tor Vergata” in Rome (Italy) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Nanosciences (CiNaM) in Marseille (France) he joined the IASS Potsdam in 2012. He is interested in a broad variety of issues around the transformation towards a sustainable way of living and is concerned about the changing role of humankind in the earth system in the light of the Anthropocene. In his research work at the IASS, he is mainly engaged in issues around the environmental side effects of climate engineering and the utilization of CO2 as a resource. Particularly he is conducting a transdisciplinary dialogue series with civil society organizations in order to better connect scientific progress and societal development. Besides his research activities, he is active in several NGOs, e.g., he is a member to the tt30, the young think tank of the Club of Rome, and a member of the board of directors of the Global Contract Foundation. As a trained moderator he is also regularly facilitating workshops and courses about sustainable development in adult education programs, at universities, schools or with the broader public.
Dr Zoe Lüthi
Dr Zoe Lucia Lüthi joined the IASS in July as a research fellow for the AMA (A Mindset for the Anthropocene) project, which focuses on the theme of sustainability through inner transformation as well as the potential of mindfulness and empathy/compassion. She completed a Masters in Environmental Science at the University of Bern. In 2010 she moved to Nepal, where she worked as a climate advisor for the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and carried out field research in Nepal and Bhutan. She recently defended her PhD on the theme of air pollution in the Himalaya region and the Tibetan Highlands at the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ITPCAS) in Peking. During her time in Asia she developed a keen interest in meditation, which she uses to gain insights that go beyond the approach of the natural sciences and feed into her efforts towards sustainability. Zoe Lüthi has both Swiss and Italian nationality. She also speaks eight languages, most of which she picked up during her various stays abroad.