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Christian Baatz
Postdoctoral researcher

Christian Baatz is lecturer at the Department of Philosophy at Kiel University and leads a research project on how to distribute funding provided by the international community to support adaptation to climate change in the Global South. Prior to this, he finished his Ph.D. thesis on compensating climate change victims in developing countries. Having a background in environmental sciences, his work aims at analysing the normative dimension of social and environmental problems that we face today and at discussing that research within inter- and transdisciplinary contexts.  

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Anna Lena Bercht
Postdoctoral researcher

Anna Lena Bercht is a human geographer and a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geography at the University of Kiel. Previously, she was a guest researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) at the Stockholm University and at the Disaster Research Unit (DRU) at the Freie University Berlin. Her research lies at the interface of geography and psychology, with a current focus on psychological barriers, climate adaptation and climate justice based on the example of coastal fisheries. Anna Lena works primarily in the Norwegian Arctic and employs qualitative social research methods. One crucial aim is to better understand cognitive, emotional, and motivational processes in complex human-environment relationships.

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Judith Bopp
Postdoctoral researcher

Judith is a postdoc with the Institute of Geography at Kiel University. Her study deals with the use of local knowledge in smallholder practices, and sustainable farming approaches such as organic farming, natural farming or agroforestry. She works on how farmers include sustainable farming to stabilise their livelihoods as well as to adapt to climate-related changes of their farm environments. She looks in particular at local knowledge in those farming and climate adaptation approaches. Prior to her postdoc, Judith was engaged in megacity research: Her doctoral project explored the emerging organic food movement in Bangkok, Thailand as a new social movement. She has her regional focus on Thailand, Myanmar and Southern India.

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Erik van Doorn
Postdoctoral researcher

Erik van Doorn‘s field of expertise is international law of the sea, with a main interest in the international regulation of marine resources but also new uses of the ocean and the effects of climate change. His research has focused on fisheries, mineral resources of the deep sea, and marine planning where questions relating to justice on an international level play an important role.

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Florian Dünckmann
Professor of Cultural Geography

Florian Dünckmann heads the working group for cultural geography at the Geography Department in Kiel. He deals with questions of political ecology, the development of rural areas and processes of democracy-building. Hannah Arend's philosophy and current practical theories form the theoretical approach to these topics.

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Gert Van Hecken
Assistant professor

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium. Main research focuses on the global and local nexus between the environment and processes of social change, and more specifically in the socio-political dynamics triggered by (international) conditional climate change/development finance instruments, such as carbon and biodiversity markets, Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), and green microfinance. Also works on alternative (transformational) paradigms, social movements and processes related to degrowth, and decolonial approaches to social-ecological futures. Research has mainly focused on Central- and South America, using participatory action research methods.

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Silja Klepp
Professor of Human Geography in Coastal and Marine Regions

Professor of Human Geography in Coastal and Marine Regions at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel and member of the Cluster of Excellence "Future Ocean". Her current research in the Central Pacific focuses on climate change, climate change adaptation and migration. She integrates postcolonial perspectives and critical theories into the field of climate change adaptation. Further research focuses on the cultural and social consequences of climate change and flight and migration as well as EU border regimes. Silja Klepp's main research areas are in Fiji and Kiribati and in the Mediterranean region.

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Nele Matz-Lück
Professor of Public Law

Professor of public law with a focus on public international law including the law of the sea at Kiel University and co-director of the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law. Member of the Cluster of Excellency „Future Ocean“ and, since 2017, one of the co-speakers. Adjunct professorship at Dalhousie University in Halifax and was adjunct professor at the K.G. Jebsen Centre on the Law of the Sea at the Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø) from 2013 to 2018. Member of the Constitutional Court of Schleswig-Holstein. Her main areas of research focus on the law of the sea and international environmental law.

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Sören Weißermel
Postdoctoral researcher

Sören Weißermel is a human geographer and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geography, Kiel University. Areas of interest are human-environmental relations, critical development studies, urban studies and urban climate politics. In his PhD-project, he focused on processes of dispossession and precarization of marginalized and invisibilized people and lifeforms in the context of the construction of the Belo Monte power plant (Brazil) and on their struggle for recognition and (environmental) justice. In his current project, he focuses on the socio-spatial implications of urban climate politics in cities of the Global North.