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ZEU Members

This is an overview of all ZEU Members organized by focus areas.
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Food and Energy Systems

Focus Area 1: Food and Energy Systems

Focus Area 1: Food and Energy Systems

Speaker: Prof. Martin Petrick, Vice Speaker: Dr. Marie Reusch 

 

Today, billions of people worldwide suffer from malnutrition, causing various negative health impacts. Across the globe, more than a billion people depend on the agricultural sector for their livelihoods. Land and biomass also figure prominently in the transition to environmentally more sustainable energy sources. For example, the transition from fossil to renewable energies represents a key strategy to reduce global warming. Food and energy systems thus play a central role in any transition to a more sustainable economy. Technological, economic and social change materialises within these systems. At the same time, the many dimensions and interrelations of food and energy systems create complex analytical and policy challenges. The ZEU Focus Area 1 addresses these challenges.

In our approach, food and energy systems include all the elements and activities that relate to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food and energy, and the results of these activities, including socio-economic and environmental outcomes. Natural resources, people, inputs, processes, technologies, infrastructures, institutions constitute the core elements.

Researchers within the ZEU Focus Area 1 pursue a systems approach while analysing synergies and trade-offs in the transformation towards more sustainable food and energy systems. We investigate resource use and environmental impacts, as well as the role of actors and governance systems, in a holistic way. Hence, we expand the prevailing focus of attention from food and energy producers to include other actors such as food companies, retailers, energy suppliers and, ultimately, consumers. Such a broader approach improves our understanding of current food and energy systems and highlights pathways towards a more sustainable future by going beyond a restricted sectoral view.

Overview of members, focus area "Food and Energy Systems"

Dr. Aliya Assubayeva

Member of ZEU

Post Doc

SDG NN Project

 

Water security  | Public Policy

Agricultural economics |

Critical Thinking

Prof. Dr. Helmut Breitmeier

Member of the Board

 

International Environmental Regimes |

Global Environmental Governance |

Challenges of Climate Change |

Global Food Governance

Dr. Bente Castro Campos

Member of ZEU

Post Doc

 

Society & Culture | Health & Food |

Environment & Natural Resources |

Agricultural Markets

Nadia Combariza


Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate
SDG NN Project

 

Just transition | Renewable Energy
Decarbonisation

 
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Dr. Alicia Correa

Member of ZEU

Post Doc

SDG NN Project

 

Water - Energy - Food | NEXUS |

SDGs | Water Security

 

Dr. Stephanie Domptail

Member of ZEU

Post Doc

 

Ecological Economics | Political Ecology |

Land Use Systems | Farming Systems |

Social Ecological Systems

Prof. Dr. Michael Düren


Member of ZEU

 

Renewable Energies

Prof. Dr. Andreas Gattinger

Member of ZEU

Organic Farming Systems |

Soil Functions | Greenhouse Gases |

Eco-Functional Intensification | Agro-Ecology

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Prof. Solomon G. Gebrehiwot

External ZEU Member

 

Qualitative Social Research |

Environmental Science | Water Science |

Forestry | Hydrology | Geostatistics

María Gracia Glas de Temel

Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate

 

EATSANE Project

Food & Nutrition Security | Mother & Child

Nutrition | Qualitative & Quantitative

Empirical Research

Dr. Jorge Esteban Gómez-Paredes


Member of ZEU

Guest Professor 
SDGNN Project

 

Ecological Economics

Industrial Ecology

Political Ecology

 

Johannes Hampp

Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate

 

Energy Transition | Renewable Energies |

Connected ("smart") Systems &

Emerging Technologies

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Prof. i.R. Roland Herrmann


External ZEU Member

 

Agricultural & Food Market Analysis

 
Irina Hopp

Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate

 

Institutional Economics
Long-term economic growth
Development and transition economics

Dr. Irmgard Jordan

External ZEU Member

 

Nutrition Security |

Food, Culture & Nutrition

Nadja Kasperczyk

Member of ZEU

Researcher

BIOVALUE Project

Greening of Agriculture,

Sustainability assessments 

Urban biological gardening

Biodiversity in value food chains

Nature education

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Klinke

External ZEU Member

 

Governance Research | Public Policy

Analysis | International Environmental

Politics | International Relations & Global

Governance | Social Science Risk Research |

Risk Governance | Political Theory &

Philosophy of Risk & Uncertainty |

Democracy Theories

Prof. i. R. Ingrid-Ute Leonhäuser


External ZEU Member

 

Nutrition & Consumer Behaviour |

Food & Nutrition Security &

 Evaluation Research

Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick

Member of ZEU

 

Agriculture Policy | Structural &

Organisational Change in Agriculture |

Agriculture & Water Reforms in

Central Asia

Dr. Marie Reusch

Member of ZEU

Senior Scientist

 

Feminist Political Science | Gender &

Right-Wing Extremism | Local Food Policy &

Movement | Social Inequality | Discources on

& Regulations of Motherhood

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Dr. Sarah Robinson

External member of ZEU

 

Pastoral Land Tenure

Livestock production systems

Rangeland ecology and management

Central Asia and the Caucuses

Prof. Dr. Archana Raghavan Sathyan

External ZEU Member

 

Climate Change Vulnerability &

Adaption Studies | Participatory Approaches

in Agricultural Extension & RuRal Development |

Agricultural Knowlegde & Information System

Prof. em. Dr. Peter Schmidt

External ZEU Member

 

Structural Equation |

Theory of Planned Behavior |

Values

Dr. Sandra Schwindenhammer


Member of ZEU

 

Sustainability Transformation |

(Urban) Agricultural Systems of the Future |

Theories and Conflicts of Global Norms & Regimes |

Governance in International Organizations |

Agency & Political Authority of Private Organizations |

Governance through Standards |

Global Sustainability, Food and Agricultural 

Governance

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 Dr. Irina Solovyeva


Member of ZEU

Post Doc

 BIOVALUE Project

Ecological-Economic Interactions |

Environmental Efficiency |

Land Governance |

Data Envelopment Analysis|

Structural Equation Modelling

Katrin Strobehn


Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate

 

Water-energy-food nexus |

Environmental governance |

Global governance |

Critical norm research

Prof. Dr. Ramona Teuber

Member of the Board

 

Agricultural Economics |

Food Economics |

Consumer Research |

Applied Econometrics

 

Dr. Elena Xoplaki


Member of ZEU

 

Climate variability and change |

Extreme weather & climate events past, present &

future | Atmospherics circulation dynamics process |

Understanding climate-society interactions |

Climate services

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Climate and Environmental Change

Focus Area 2: Climate and Environmental Change

 Focus Area 2: Climate and Environmental Change

Speaker: Dr. Elena Xoplaki, Vice Speaker: Dr. Irina Solovieva

 

Global environmental change encompasses changes in the Earth System, spanning from the large to the regional and local scales, driven by human activities as well as associated biological and physical processes.

Understanding the mechanisms and patterns of change as well as the systems’ interactions and feedback advances future risk assessments. Equally important is to increase our knowledge of the impacts of climate and environmental change on societies, ecosystems, food and energy systems (ZEU Focus Area 1), health, and human security. Our research aims at enhancing preparedness, supporting well-informed adaptation and mitigation strategies to safeguard and sustain human wellbeing through technologies that enable climate neutrality.

Within ZEU Focus Area 2, we support the impact assessment community and contribute to informed policy making. We study past, present, and future climate and environmental changes and their impacts at continental, regional, and local scales. We focus on understanding the role of natural and anthropogenic climate change, land use and management changes, biodiversity loss, as well as overexploitation and pollution.

 

Overview of members, focus area "Climate and Environmental Change" 2022

Dr. Aliya Assubayeva

Member of ZEU

Post Doc

SDG NN Project


Water security  | Public Policy

Agricultural economics |

Critical Thinking

Dr. Muralidhar Adakudlu


Member of ZEU

Post Doc

NUKLEUS Project

 

Climate Modelling | Climate Change

Programming | Data analysis

Lorine Behr


Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate

Eastern Mediterranean
Marine Heatwaves Project


Compound Extremes | Mediterreanean

Ocean & Overflow Water | Climate

Modelling | Climate Change

Prof. Dr. Lutz Breuer

Spokesman of the Board


Landscape, Water &

Biogeochemical Cycles

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 Dr. Bente Castro Campos

Member of ZEU

Post Doc


Society & Culture | Health & Food |

Environment & Natural Resources |

Agricultural Markets

Nadia Combariza

Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate

SDG NN Project


Just transition | Renewable Energy
Decarbonisation


Dr. Alicia Correa

Member of ZEU

Post Doc

SDG NN Project

 

Water - Energy - Food | NEXUS |

SDGs | Water Security

Prof. Dr. Andreas Dittmann

Member of ZEU


Human Geography | Development

Geography | Cultural Geography |

Population & Urban Geography |

Human-Environment-Relations |

Geograpic Conflict Research

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Prof. Dr. Michael Düren

Member of the Board


Renewable Energies

Prof. (apl) Dr. Rolf-Alexander Düring


Member of ZEU


Environmental Chemistry,

Fate and Analysis of Pollutants in

 Soil-Water Systems | Ecotoxicology 

 Dr. Florian Ellsäßer


Member of ZEU

Post Doc

CROP Project

 

Compound Extreme Events |

Process - based Crop Modelling |

Hydrological Modelling |

Bias-Correction & Downscaling |

Climate Change | Water Usage of Plants

Dr. Edgar Espitia


Member of ZEU

Post Doc

DAKI FWS Project

 

Applied hydrometeorology

Water quality monitoring
and Modelling

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 Kalina Fonseca


Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate

SDGNN Project


Water quality
Nature-based solutions for water treatment
Water pollution in Andean páramos
Water polluted with arsenic
Water alternative treatments in key ecosystems

Dr. Christoph Funk


Member of ZEU

Post Doc

SDGNN Project


Climate Change Vulnerability  |

 

  Adaption Strategies | Energy Economics |

Econometric Modelling

Prof. Dr. Andreas Gattinger

Member of ZEU


Organic Farming Systems

Soil Functions | Greenhouse Gases

Eco-Functional Intensification

Agro-Ecology

Dr. Jorge Esteban Gómez-Paredes

Member of ZEU

Guest Professor 
SDGNN Project

 

Ecological Economics

Industrial Ecology

Political Ecology


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Dr. André Große-Stoltenberg

Member of ZEU

Post Doc

Remote Sensing | GIS | Landscape

Ecology | Ecophysiology |

Biological Invasions

Dr. Fatemeh Heidari

Member of ZEU

Senior Scientist

DAKI FWS Project

 Developing machine learning models

big data processing

deep learning techniques

programming languages

Dr. Michael Hübler

Member of ZEU

Senior Scientist

Climate & Energy Policy

Renewable Energies

Sustainable Resource Use

Technology Diffusion

Dr. Suzanne  Jacobs

Member of ZEU

Post Doc

Environment

Water Quality Monitoring

Water Sampling

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Nadja Kasperczyk


Member of ZEU

Research assistant

Sustainability assessments of Agrosystems

greening of agriculture, urban biological gardening

biodiversity in food value chains

nature education

Prof. Dr. Till Kleinebecker

Member of ZEU

Biodiversity - Ecosystem Functioning

Ecology of South Patagonian Bogs

Ecologial Application of Near Infrared

Spectroscopy | Nature Conversation,

Restoration, Monitoring | Land use &

Climate Change in West Siberia

Birgit Kleinschmidt

Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate


Ecology of Waterbirds

Migration Patterns | Movement Ecology

Nutrition Ecology of Waterbirds

Prof. Dr. Andreas Klinke

External ZEU Member


Governance Research | Public Policy

Analysis | International Environmental

Politics | International Relations & Global

Governance | Social Science RiskResearch

Risk Governance | Political Theory &

Philosophy of Risk & Uncertainty

Democracy Theories

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Prof. i. R. Ingrid-Ute Leonhäuser

External ZEU Member


Nutrition & Consumer Behaviour

Food & Nutrition Security &

Evaluation Research

Qing Lin

Member of ZEU

Post Doc

DAKI FWS Project

 

Machine Learning Models

Flood Forecasting

Climate Modelling

 

Prof. Dr. Iván Lizarazo 

External ZEU Member

Universidad Nacional de Colombia


Earth Observation | Land Change

Remote Sensing | GIS

Prof. Dr. Jürg Luterbacher, PhD


External ZEU Member

WMO Chief-Scientist


Climatology, Climate Dynamics

Climate Change

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Niklas Luther


Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate

CLINT Project

 

Compound Events | Concurrent Extremes |

Extreme Value Theory |Artificial Intelligence

& Machine Learning | Time Series Analysis

Long Memory | Structural Change

Climate Change | Climate Variability

Prof. Dr. Thilo Marauhn

Member of ZEU


Public Law |
International Law

Dr. Janne Mende

External ZEU Member


Human Rights | Global Governance &

Transnationalization | International

Institutions

Pavlina Miteva-Bölter

Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate


Environmental Governance | Regional

Environmental Organisations |

Ecosystem Approach to Marina

an Coastral Governance

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 Dr. Vladimir Otrachshenko

 Member of ZEU

Post Doc

SDG NN Project

 

Environmental & Resource Economics |

Climate Change | Health & Population

Economics | Quality of Life | Non-Market

Valuation | Field Experiments |

Tourism Economics | Applied

Microeconometrics

Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters


Member of ZEU


Latin America | Peace & Conflict

Research | Natural Resource

Based Development Models |

Social Inequalities

Prof. Petra Quillfeldt


Member of ZEU


Wild Populations of long-lived

Birds & their Responses to Changes

in Marine & Terrestrial Ecosystems

Prof. Dr. Archana Raghavan Sathyan


External ZEU Member


Climate Change Vulnerability &

Adaption Studies | Participatory Approaches in

Agricultural Extension & RuRal Development |

Agricultural Knowlegde & Information System

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Dr. Sarah Robinson

External member of ZEU

 

Pastoral Land Tenure

Livestock production systems

Rangeland ecology and management

Central Asia and the Caucuses

Prof. em. Dr. Peter Schmidt


Exernal ZEU Member


Structural Equation |

Theory of Planned Behavior |

Values

Prof. Dr. Lea Schneider

Member of ZEU


Paleoclimatology | Climate

Reconstruction | Dendrochronology |

Volcanism & Climate

Julia Schwab

External member of ZEU


Extractivism | Energy transition

Post-fossil futures research

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Dr. Irina Solovyeva

Member of ZEU

Post Doc

Ecological-Economic Interactions |

Environmental Efficiency | Land Governance |

Data Envelopment Analysis | Structural

Equation Modelling

Katrin Strobehn

Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate


Water-energy-food nexus |

Environmental governance |

Global governance |

Critical norm research

Myriam Elizabeth Vargas-Morales

External Member of ZEU

Doctoral Candidate


Environmental Economics

Natural &
Resources Economics

Dr. Odysseas Vlachopoulos

Member of ZEU

CLINT Project


Computer Engineering |

Remote Sensing and
Earth Observation |

Precision agriculture
and food security |

Machine Learning algorithms |

Data processing pipelines

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Prof. (apl) Dr. Rainer Waldhardt


Member of ZEU


Spatio-Temporal Scales in

Vegetation and Landscape Ecology |

Sustainable Land Use &

Rural Development

Dr. Björn Weeser

Member of ZEU

Project Manager of the
SDG NN Project 

Post Doc


Hydrology | Geoinformatic

Prof. Dr. Peter Winker   

Member of ZEU


Statstics | Econometrics

Dr. Elena Xoplaki

Member of ZEU


Climate variability & change |

Extreme weather & climate events

past, present and future |

Atmospheric circulation dynamics,

process understanding |

Climate-society interactions |

climate services |

interdisciplinary & international

collaboration

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ZEU Office

Zentrum für internationale Entwicklungs- und Umweltforschung (ZEU)
Center for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU)

Senckenbergstraße 3
D - 35390 Giessen

 +49 641 99 12700
 +49 641 99 12709 / 12719

http://www.uni-giessen.de/zeu

 

Originally, the elongated building in the style of the German Renaissance was a functional military building, which even to this day is called “Zeughaus”. The arsenal was erected at right angles to the Neue Schloss (New Castle) from 1586-90. The Neue Schloss itself had been built as a smaller but representative residence half a century before.
The ensemble surrounding the courtyard was completed by a stable and the revenue office. Senckenbergstraße, today’s address of the Neue Schloss, was only built around 1900, long after the ramparts had been demolished.
The symmetrical “Zeughaus” with its mighty saddleback roof and high gables with their typical scrollwork and pellets still impresses today. The little annexe next to the main portal hails from the university’s founding days in 1609: it used to be the detention room, in which rowdy and drunk students were incarcerated.
This monumental building also burned out after the bombing in December 1944. During reconstruction from 1960-1961, the state of Hesse preserved the old outline und reconstructed the facade. Windows and rooms were modernised according to their new use. Both the Neue Schloss and the Zeughaus were conveyed into the ownership of the JLU in 1957.

 

Managing Director

 

Project Assistant

 

Project Assistant

 

Dr. Matthias Höher

+49 641 99 12700

 

Petra Spamer-Trapp

+49 641 99 12703

 

Sabine Viehmann

+49 641 99 12701

 

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Location Plan

360° Zeugaus Building