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Democracy & Planetary Change

My research explores the interactions between democracy and planetary change. 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 co-convener of the Earth System Governance Project’s Working Group on Democracy. From 2022-2024, I'm a fellow of THE NEW INSTITUTE. In early 2024, I'll also be a fellow of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra.

I've 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. My most recent book "The Politics of Deep Time" (Cambridge University Press) analyzes how planetary temporalities can be politically institutionalized.

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Selection of recent publications


Human societies increasingly interact with processes on a geological or even cosmic timescale. Despite this recognition, we still lack a basic understanding of these interconnections and how they translate into politics. This Element provides an exploration and systematization of 'the politics of deep time' as a novel lens of planetary politics

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Dr. Frederic Hanusch


Warburgstraße 8

20354 Hamburg


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