The Academics advise the project groups on content: they provide a first orientation in the project topic, clarify questions of understanding and introduce critical and visionary perspectives. More than 30 professors, research assistants and lecturers from all over the university support you in your first project studies.

The hosts of this year’s Opening Week are Thomas Gegenhuber, Assistant Professor of Management and Digital Transformation, the architect Ursula Kirschner, the sustainability researcher Daniel Lang and the musicologist Monika Schoop.The professors come from the university’s four faculties, lay the first tracks for the study programme and moderate the discussions from the Libeskind Auditorium’s live studio.



Thomas Gegenhuber

Thomas Gegenhuber ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Thomas Gegenhuber holds a doctoral degree in business administration from Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. As part of his doctoral studies, funded by grants from the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, he visited the University Alberta, FU Berlin and the University of Edinburgh. Under the umbrella of digital transformation, Thomas Gegenhuber researches novel forms of organizing, crowdsourcing, various types of openness (open strategy, open innovation, and open government) and (cultural) entrepreneurship in a digital economy. Thomas’ work appears in international journals such as Long Range Planning, Business & Society, Government Information Quarterly and Information & Organization.


Ursula Kirschner

Ursula Kirschner ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Prof. Dr. Ursula Kirschner is a professor for architecture and digital culture at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Director of the Institute of Urban and Cultural Area Research at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Her present research focuses on building culture and especially on the fields of urban Frontier Zones, sustainable settlement patterns (international), participation in urban planning processes and digital media in urban space. She is coordinator of several international programs funded by the DAAD. Prof. Kirschner has a diploma degree in Architecture from the University of Arts Berlin and a PhD from University of Arts Hamburg.


Daniel Lang

Daniel Lang ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Daniel J. Lang is Full Professor for Trandisciplinary Sustainability Research at Leuphana University of Lueneburg at the Faculty of Sustainability. He was Dean of this faculty between 2012 and 2016. Since 2016 he is the President’s Special Advisor for Sustainability at Leuphana. Furthermore he is adjunct faculty member at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University and Honorary Professor at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. The main focus of Daniel’s work revolves around the further development of the theoretical, methodological as well as process-related foundations of Sustainability Science. In particular his professorship focuses on cooperation and mutual learning processes between different scientific disciplines as well as science and society with the aim to develop robust solution options for urgent sustainability problems of the 21st century.


Monika Schoop

Monika Schoop ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Monika E. Schoop is a junior professor of musicology at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany and co-coordinator with Federico Spinetti (University of Cologne) of the research project “Sounding Memories: Nazi-Persecution and Anti-Nazi Resistance in the Music of Contemporary Germany,” funded by the German Research Foundation. She holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hildesheim and an MA in Musicology, Philosophy and English Studies from the University of Cologne. Her research interests include music and memory, protest music, music industries, music scenes, gender and queer studies, and popular music in the Philippines.


Good Reads on Future::Cities

- Jan Gehl, Cities for People 
- Mark Graham, How to run a city like Amazon
- Monica L. Smith: Cities. The first 6.000 years



Dave Abson

Dave Abson ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
I am a junior Professor in the faculty of sustainability with a focus on systems thinking and transformative change. My work is at the boundaries of the natural and social scientists, often related to food systems. I draw heavily on the work of Donella Meadows and the idea of leverage points – places in complex systems where relatively small interventions can lead to systemic change.


Lars Alberth

Lars Alberth ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Lars Alberth is a sociologist and professor for Theories and Methods of Childhood Studies at Leuphana University Lüneburg. After he did his PhD on the social definitions of European culture, he moved to Umeå (Sweden) to study space and emotions in gyms and to Durham New Hampshire to do research on childhood victimization. He is mainly concerned with institutional responses to violence against children and its definitions by law, professional groups, organizations, politics, and families according to asymmetries of generation and gender. But he also has a strong interest in the definitions of bodies, spaces, objects, and emotions as devices and nodes of power and social inequalities.


Jelena Bäumler

Jelena Bäumler ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Professorin für Öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht mit Schwerpunkt Nachhaltigkeit


Andreas Bernard

Andreas Bernard ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Andreas Bernard, born 1969 in Munich, is Professor for Cultural Studies at Leuphana University Lüneburg and Speaker of its Centre for Digital Cultures. As a journalist, he writes for DIE ZEIT. Recent book publications: Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator (New York: New York University Press, 2014); The Triumph of Profiling: The Self in Digital Culture (Polity Press, 2019), Theory of the Hashtag (Polity Press, 2019)


Armin Beverungen

Armin Beverungen ©Leuphana
Armin Beverungen is junior professor for organization in digital cultures. He works on algorithms in management, and is currently writing a book about algorithmic capital. His background is in organization studies, sociology and media studies. He has co-edited an issue of The Fibreculture Journal on computing the city.


Christoph Brunner

Christoph Brunner ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Christoph Brunner is Junior Professor for Cultural Theory at Leuphana University. His research focuses on media activism and the politics of affect in social movements. He is particularly interested in how contemporary politics function through an “operational aesthetics” of new media that exceeds more traditional conceptions of meaning and sense-making. He directs the ArchipelagoLab for Transversal Practices where students and faculty engage with artists, cultural practitioners and activist working on the politics of aesthetics.


Carsten Card-Hyatt

Carsten Card-Hyatt ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Dr. Carsten Card-Hyatt: I am a Christian theologian, and my work focuses on the intersection between systematic theology and ethics. Though my family comes from the USA, I have spent most of my life living in Europe and I have been a post-doctoral teaching fellow at Leuphana since the autumn of 2017. I live in Lüneburg with my wife and our three daughters.


Boukje Cnossen

Boukje Cnossen ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Prof. Dr. Boukje Cnossen is junior professor in Business Administration, with a specific focus on Cultural Entrepreneurship. She obtained a PhD in Business Administration from the Tilburg School of Economics and Management at Tilburg University and a Master of Research in Humanities and Cultural Studies at the London Consortium, Birkbeck College, University of London. This interdisciplinary background allows her to draw on different academic traditions in her research into new ways of working, entrepreneurship and self-employment in the cultural and creative industries, and the use of artistic methods for societal issues.


Johannes van Deest

Johannes van Deest ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Johannes van Deest studied Management and Engineering during his Bachelor in Hamburg and Business Development & Entrepreneurship during his Master in Lüneburg. He currently works as coordinator of the DATAx-project at the institute of informations systems. His academic interests concern the exploitation of new technologies and implications for education in the broadest sense.


Barbara Hanusa

Barbara Hanusa ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Dr. Barbara Hanusa is a Protestant pastor and pedagogue. She was formerly the head of an international, private boarding school in Switzerland. Her research topic is religious education in churches and schools. She works as a mentor at the Institute for Ethics and Theology.


Steffi Hobuß

Steffi Hobuß ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Dr. Steffi Hobuß is the Academic Director of Leuphana College. She has also been Vice Dean for Internationalization at the Faculty of Culture until 2017. She has been teaching philosophy and cultural studies at Leuphana University since 1996. Her research fields include philosophy of language, theories of Bildung/​higher education, philosophy of culture, postcolonial theory, gender studies, ancient Greek philosophy.


Sacha Kagan

Sacha Kagan ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Dr. Sacha Kagan is a social scientist and transdisciplinary researcher of the cultural dimension of sustainability. He was, among other things, Research Associate at Leuphana University (2005-2018), Coordinator of the Research Network Sociology of the Arts at the European Sociological Association (2015-2017), and Founding Coordinator of Cultura21 International - Cultural Fieldworks for Sustainability (2007-2016), and is currently habilitating at Leuphana University. His main research focus is on artistic and other creative approaches to the societal search for desirable futures (which we know under the name of ‘Sustainability’).


Anke Karber

Anke Karber ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana Anke Karber, professorshipof Social Pedagogy specialized in research on vocational education and didactics. In the last years I worked at the universities in Graz, Hildesheim und Dortmund. My research relates to the qualification for social professions especially theory and practice relation, inquiery based learning as well as heterogeneity and inclusion.


Volker Kirchberg

Volker Kirchberg ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Volker Kirchberg is professor for cultural organisation and cultural mediation. His fields of research are cultural sociology, the structures and dynamics of cultural organisations, cultural mediation and communication, and urban sociology. He is also a board member of several international bodies in the sociology of the arts, such as the European Sociological Association and the International Sociological Association and the German-speaking professional association for cultural management.


Michael Koß

Michael Koß ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Michael Koß is Professor of the Political System of Germany and the EU at Leuphana University. He specializes in the study of democracy, most notably political parties and parliaments, in Western Europe. His most recent book is Parliaments in Time. The Evolution of Legislative Democracy in Western Europe, 1866–2015 (Oxford University Press, 2018).


Robin Kuchar

Robin Kuchar ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Soziologie und Kulturorganisation


Norman Laws

Norman Laws ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Norman Laws studied politics in Bremen, Germany, and Vilnius, Lithuania. Afterwards he did his PhD at the Leuphana University and worked there as a Research Associate. He deals with sustainability politics, biodiversity, sustainability strategies, public administration and capitalism.


Tobias Lenz

Tobias Lenz ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Tobias Lenz is Professor of International Relations at Leuphana and leader of the Leibniz Junior Research Group “Sources and Consequences of Legitimation Strategies of Regional Organizations” at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. His research examines processes of institutional design and change in international organizations. He holds an M.Phil in European Politics and a D.Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford.


Esther Meyer

Esther Meyer ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Esther Meyer studied Philosophy & Economics and Sustainability Science. She completed her PhD at the Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University this summer. Between 2015 and 2019, she was a research associate at the project Complexity or Control? Paradigms for Sustainable Development, funded by Volkswagen Foundation in the funding initiative Niedersächsisches Vorab: science and scholarship for sustainable development. Currently, Esther Meyer is Transformative Research Project Manager at Lighthouse, working on social-ecological sustainability action and research.


Jan Müggenburg

Jan Müggenburg ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
My name is Jan Müggenburg and I am an assistant professor (Juniorprofessor) at the Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media. My research and teaching focuses on the history of digital media, computer game culture, accessibility and the way ›artificial ›intelligence‹ is shaping our perception of the world.


Steffen Pabst

Steffen Pabst ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
I am a research assistent at the Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research and working as a lecturer for sustainable consumption in the sustainability science minor. Futher, my research interests include sustainable tourism and the degrowth economy.


Peter Pez

Peter Pez ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Professor für Geographie


Daniel Pleissner

Daniel Pleissner ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Apl.-Prof. Dr. Daniel Pleissner obtained an international university and research education in Germany, Poland, Denmark, and Hong Kong. His research activities focus on integration of microbial fermentations (bacteria, fungi) and particularly microalgae cultivation in waste and wastewater treatments for biomass production and nutrient recycling.


Philipp Sandermann

Philipp Sandermann ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Phil­ipp San­der­mann is a pro­fes­sor of so­cial pedagogy at Leuphana University's In­sti­tute of So­cial Work and Social Pedagogy. His fields of interest include: (comparative) welfare systems research, theories of social pedagogy and social work, child and youth welfare research (with a special interest in ombuds offices and complaint services and social space approaches), unaccompanied and accompanied refugee minors.


Katharina Scheidgen

Katharina Scheidgen ©Privat
My research centers around the broader topics of entrepreneurship and innovation. Understanding how entrepreneurs acquire resources during the very early days of their new ventures motivated my PhD research. By comparing tie formation in Silicon Valley and Berlin, I showed how the entrepreneurial ecosystems in each of these regions influence how entrepreneurs approach first investors and customers. Starting this semester, I’m joining the Research Center for Digital Transformation at Leuphana University Lüneburg. Thus, my future research is going to take a closer look on topics around entrepreneurship and digitalization.


Thomas Schomerus

Thomas Schomerus ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Professor für Öffentliches Recht, insbes. Energie- und Umweltrecht


Sebastian Vehlken

Sebastian Vehlken ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vehlken is a media theorist and cultural historian at ICAM and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS). He was visiting professor at Humboldt University Berlin, at the University of Vienna, and Research Fellow at the IFK Vienna. His main research interests focus on media theories of disruption, cultural techniques, the media history of computer simulation and supercomputing, the atomic age, and oceans as spaces of knowledge.


Matthias Wenzel

Matthias Wenzel ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Matthias Wenzel is Professor of Organization Studies at the Institute of Management & Organization. He is also Director of the B.Sc. Major in International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship.

Leuphana Speakers


Sascha Spoun

Sascha Spoun ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
President of the Leuphana University


Christian Brei

Christian Brei ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Vice-President of the Leuphana University


Erich Hörl

Erich Hörl ©Privat
Vice-President of the Leuphana University


Steffi Hobuß

Steffi Hobuß ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Academic Director of Leuphana College


Laura Picht-Wiggering

Laura Picht-Wiggering ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Coordinator of the "Humanities" module


Annika Weiser

Annika Weiser ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Coordinator of the "Responsibility and Sustainability" module


Burkhardt Funk

Burkhardt Funk ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Professor of Business Informatics (DATAx)


Johannes van Deest

Johannes van Deest ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Coordinator DATAx