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Our Multidisciplinary Team of International Scholars

Our carefully curated team of experts combines long standing excellence in social-ecological research and the environmental humanities, advancing basic research, teaching and policymaing in relation to Global Environmental Change.

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Prof. Dr. Katajun Amirpur

Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Islamic World, University of Cologne

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Prof. Dr. Roman Bartosch

Department of English II, University of Cologne

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Prof. Dr. Jens Beckert

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne

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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Beisel

Institute for Geography,
Freie Universität Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne

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Prof. Dr. Thiemo Breyer

Department of Philosophy,
University of Cologne

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Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa

Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Peter Dannenberg

Institute of Geography,
University of Cologne

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Dr. Clemens Greiner (PD)

Global South Studies Center (GSSC), University of Cologne

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Prof. Dr. Ruth Hall

Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape

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Prof. Dr. Michaela Haug

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

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Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas

Institute of Geography, University of Cologne

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Prof. Dr. Franz Krause

Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies in the Humanities (MESH) and Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne

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Prof. Dr. Sandra Kurfürst

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne

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Prof. Dr. Claudia Leal

(GSSC Global Faculty) Department of History and Geography, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá

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Prof. Dr. Gesine Müller

Department of Romance Studies, University of Cologne

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Prof. Dr. José Augusto Pádua

Institute of History and Graduate Program on Social History, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

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Prof. Dr. Javier Revilla Diez

Institute of Geography, University of Cologne

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Prof. Dr. Catherine (Kate) Rigby

Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies in the Humanities (MESH), University of Cologne

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Dr. Emmanuel Sulle

The Aga Khan University, Arusha Campus

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Widlok

Institute for African Studies, University of Cologne

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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Bieke Willem

Department of Romance Studies, University of Cologne

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Prof. Dr. Dan Smyer Yü

(GSSC Global Faculty) School of Ethnology and Sociology, Yunnan University

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Prof. Dr. Pujo Semedi Hargo Yuwono

Department of Anthropology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta

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Prof. Dr. Evi Zemanek

Institute of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Freiburg

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Prof. Dr. Katajun Amirpur

Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Islamic World, University of Cologne,

Professor of Islamic Studies

Fields of Expertise:
Iranian culture and diasporas Cultural relations between Iranian, European and Asian spaces • Global reform movements within Islam, especially around gender and ecology

Prof. Dr. Roman Bartosch

Prof. Dr. Roman Bartosch

Department of English II, University of Cologne

Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures and the Teaching of English

Fields of Expertise:

Education for sustainability and resilience Inter- and transcultural learning with literature Human-animal studies • Inclusive education

Prof. Dr. Jens Beckert Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne

Prof. Dr. Jens Beckert

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne

Director of Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Fields of Expertise:
Economic sociology Role of expectations in economic decision-making and for the dynamics of capitalist development Wealth inequality

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Beisel

Institute for Geography, Freie Universität Berlin

Professor for Human Geography,
Center for Geographies of Global Inequalities

Fields of Expertise:

Uneven geographies of health Multispecies cohabitation Entangled mobilities of humans and Aedes mosquitoes

Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig

Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne

Professor for Social and Cultural Anthropology

Fields of Expertise:
Human-environment interaction, conflict Transition of local knowledge Southern and Eastern Africa

Prof. Dr. Thiemo Breyer

Prof. Dr. Thiemo Breyer

Department of Philosophy, University of Cologne

Heisenberg Professor for Phenomenology and Anthropology, and Director of the Husserl Archives, University of Cologne

Fields of Expertise:
Philosophy of mind Ecophenomenology   Resilience in religion and spirituality

Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa

Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa

Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Professor for Sociology

Fields of Expertise:
Social Inequality Racism and anti-racism Living together in diversity Postcolonial theories

Prof. Dr. Peter Dannenberg

Prof. Dr. Peter Dannenberg

Institute of Geography, University of Cologne

Professor for Human Geography

Fields of Expertise:
Economic geography •  Agricultural geography Globalization and global value chains Regional development Human-nature conflicts European Union •  Central and Eastern Europe •  Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr. Clemens Greiner (PD)

Dr. Clemens Greiner (PD)

Global South Studies Center (GSSC), University of Cologne

Scientific Managing Director of GSSC

Fields of Expertise:
Economic anthropology, Political ecology (Energy) Infrastructure Rural-urban relations, Land-use change, Migration Eastern and Southern Africa

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Prof. Dr. Ruth Hall

Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape

South African Research Chair and Professor in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

Fields of Expertise:
African development studies Land rights and agrarian reform Land deals in Africa

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Prof. Dr. Michaela Haug

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Professor for Social and Cultural Anthropology

Fields of Expertise:
Environmental ethnology  •  Political ecology  • Anthropology of the Future  Indonesia

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Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas

Institute of Geography, University of Cologne

Professor and Chair of Human Geography

Fields of Expertise:
Megacity and urbanization studies  Migration, ethnic minorities, socio-economic disparities   Development, transition and regional studies   Southeast Asia, India, Iceland, Switzerland, China

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Prof. Dr. Franz krause

Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies in the Humanities (MESH) and Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne

Professor of Environmental Anthropology

Fields of Expertise:
Anthropology of Water • Political Ecology • Volatility • Circumpolar North

Prof. Dr. Sandra Kurfürst

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne

Professor (W3) for Cross-cultural and Urban Communication

Fields of Expertise:
Urbanism Media and communication State-society relations Development Visualization in participatory programmes Audiovisual methods Hip Hop studies Regions: Southeast Asia and the Pearl River Delta

Prof. Dr. Claudia Leal GSSC Global Faculty

Prof. Dr. Claudia Leal (GSSC Global Faculty)

Department of History and Geography, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá

Professor of History and Geography

Fields of Expertise:
Environmental history  History of national parks  Latin America

Prof. Dr. Gesine Müller

Prof. Dr. Gesine Müller

Department of Romance Studies, University of Cologne

Professor (W3) for Romance Philology (Spanish/French)

Fields of Expertise:
World Literature Debate and Latin America Literatures of the Spanish and French Caribbean Literatures of Romanticism Transculturality

Prof. Dr. José Augusto Pádua

Prof. Dr. José Augusto Pádua

Institute of History and Graduate Program on Social History, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Professor of Brazilian Environmental History

Fields of Expertise:
Environmental history and politics History of Science and the Anthropocene, history of environmental policies Latin America

Prof. Dr. Javier Revilla Diez

Prof. Dr. Javier Revilla Diez

Institute of Geography, University of Cologne

Professor for Human Geography

Fields of Expertise:
Economic Geography, Vulnerability and Poverty Research Regional Innovation Systems and knowledge-based regional Development Regional Labour Markets Regional Economic Impact Assessment of large investment projects Europe, Southeast Asia, and China

Prof. Dr. Catherine (Kate) Rigby

Prof. Dr. Catherine (Kate) Rigby

Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies in the Humanities (MESH), University of Cologne

Humboldt Professor of Environmental Humanities

Fields of Expertise:
Environmental literary, historical, philosophical and religious studies  Multispecies studies  Decolonial studies  • Disaster studies

Dr. Emmanuel Sulle

Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Sulle

The Aga Khan University, Arusha Campus

Assistant Professor & Research Director, Climate and Environmental Research Station

Fields of Expertise:
Land and agrarian studies, Natural resource democratic governance •  Green economy • Rural livelihoods, Agriculture and food systems • Biodiversity and community-led conservation & tourism

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Widlok

Institute for African Studies, University of Cologne

Professor for Cultural Anthropology of Africa

Fields of Expertise:
Comparative ethnography of hunter-gatherers •  Social practices of sharing and (re-)distribution • Anthropological approaches to time and place

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Bieke Willem

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Bieke Willem

Department of Romance Studies, University of Cologne

Junior professor for Romance Literary Studies

Fields of Expertise:
Landscape aesthetics and extractivism in Latin American Literature • Memory Studies, Affect • Chilean Literature, Francophone Literatures
Fantastic fiction

Prof. Dr. Dan Smyer Yü

Prof. Dr. Dan Smyer Yü

School of Ethnology and Sociology, Yunnan University

Kuige Professor of Ethnology

Fields of Expertise:
modern Tibetan Buddhism  • politics of ethnic diversity in  • China, Eurasian secularisms  • China, Himalayan borderlands, Tibetan Plateau

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Prof. Dr. Pujo Semedi Hargo Yuwono

Department of Anthropology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta

Professor for Social and Cultural Anthropology

Fields of Expertise:
Anthropology of development • historical ethnography • fishing, agriculture, and plantation • communities and tourism