Democracy & Planetary Change
My research explores the development of democracies in an era of human-caused planetary transformations. I provide analytical foundations for democratic renewal and identify opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations. Here, my recent focus is on planetary times. Besides, I have a passion for Apis mellifera mellifera why this page not only informs about my academic work, but also provides insights into entanglements with nonhuman earthlings and beekeeping as applied complexity science.
Curiosity for Politics and the Earth
I’m co-founder and scientific manager of the Panel on Planetary Thinking at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, principle investigator of the Planetary Scholars and Artists in Residence Program and research fellow of the Earth System Governance Project. I have been keen to work on big picture questions about democratic life on an ever-changing planet ever since I received a MA in political science, philosophy and sociology from Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg.
Before joining Giessen University, I did a PhD at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen, worked with a policy focus for the German Advisory Council on Global Change for the German Government (WBGU) in Berlin, stayed as a visiting fellow at the School of the Environment of the University of Toronto and was research group leader of the project Democratic (Re)Configurations of Sustainability Transformations at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam.
My work at these manifold institutions allowed me to research the interactions between democracy and planetary change theoretically as well as practically, qualitatively as well as quantitatively, and disciplinarily as well as interdisciplinary. Currently, I’m working on a book together with Frank Biermann, Utrecht University, entitled Deep-Time Governance (under contract with Cambridge University Press) to analyze how planetary temporalities can be politically institutionalized.
Selection of recent publications