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About ZEU

Center for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) of Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen (JLU)

The Executive Board is responsible for the day-to-day operations, the administration of the budget as well as the staffing of the center.



  1. Prof. Helmut Breitmeier
  2. Prof. Lutz Breuer (speaker)
  3. Prof.  Michael Düren

The Council is responsible for the strategic decisions, quality assurance and the configuration of the focal areas.

 Executive Board Members:

  • Prof. Breitmeier
  • Prof. Breuer
  • Prof. Düren



Speakers of the research areas

  • Environmental Resources: Prof. Luterbacher, proxy: N.N.
  • Human DevelopmentN.N., proxy: Prof. Dittmann



Representatives of the technical staff

  • Sabine Viehmann, proxy: Dr. Matthias Höher



Equal Opportunity Commissioner

  • Petra-Spamer-Trapp, proxy: Gracia M. Glas



Representatives of the scientific staff


  • Dr. Anja Magiera, proxy: Dr. Irina Solovyeva
  • Björn Weeser, proxy: Johannes Hampp

Environmental Resources


Speaker: Prof. J. Luterbacher, proxy: N.N.

This focus designs and applies multidisciplinary research methods to investigate the intrinsic interaction of natural, economic and social aspects of resources utilization. We particularly study biodiversity, soils, and water with regard to land use and climate change impacts and effects. Currently, we especially perform research projects in the Caucasus, the Mediterranean region and in East Africa. 



Human Development 

Speaker: N.N., proxy: Prof. Dittmann

Societies develop in the context of their economic, environmental, political and legal framework. On the regional scale, food security and education are strong determinants of this development. Nationally, the macro-economic setting and the stability of the political system are factors for transformation. Members of the ZEU apply a variety of methods in this Focus to investigate these topics, e.g. in Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.



Climate change, protection of resources, food security and water scarcity: today, none of these global problems can be described, treated or even solved in their entirety by one subject discipline alone. For this reason, the Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU), which has been conducting applied developmental and environmental research on an international scale at Justus Liebig University since 1998, mainly works in an interdisciplinary manner.
Its orientation – with respect to subject and content – towards environmental and developmental aspects is based on the idea that ecological and economic influencing variables are mostly interdependent and should thus be treated in an interdisciplinary way. Who would, today, dispute the connection between poverty and the destruction of the environment? Sustainable solution strategies require a just access to resources for everyone, which can only be realised via the appropriate institutional parameters. Hence, the ZEU's problem-oriented approach focuses on providing an interface between social and natural sciences.


Download the current statutes of the center

(only available in German)