Academics

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 the business ethicist Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich, the Democracy researcher Michael Koß, the sustainability researcher Daniel Lang and the the economist Luise Görges. The professors lay the first tracks for the study programme and moderate the discussions from the Libeskind Auditorium’s live studio.

Hosts

  

Luise Görges

Luise Görges ©Leuphana
Luise Görges is an assistant professor of economics. Her research interest lies in understanding how social norms and institutions affect economic behaviour and shape social inequalities, in particular with respect to gender. She is passionate about generating rigorous empirical evidence that can inform policy, by combining behavioural and experimental economics as well as survey and administrative data. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for an evidence-based approach to improving society with students as much as she loves sharing knowledge that allows students to apply this approach and create measurable societal impact themselves.

  

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).

  

Daniel Lang

Daniel Lang ©Leuphana/Kersten Benecke
Daniel J. Lang is Professor for Trandisciplinary Sustainability Research at Leuphana University of Lueneburg at the Faculty of Sustainability. 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.

  

Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich

Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich ©Bjoern Schoenfeld
Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich is Assistant Professor for Business Administration, particularly Business Ethics at Leuphana University Lüneburg. She researches Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability, CSR communication, grand challenges, and is interested in how responsible management looks like in the digital age. Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich has won several awards for her research and presents her works in various scientific and practice-oriented formats.

Academics

  

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 finished 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.

   

Marco de Angelis

Marco de Angelis ©Marco de Angelis
Marco de Angelis, a philosopher, dedicates his life to developing a vision of a future society that overcomes both capitalism and communism. He believes that these two systems are inadequate to ensure the well-being of all mankind in an intact nature. Drawing on the classics of philosophical thought, he has developed such a vision of a new post-capitalist and post-communist society, which he disseminates in his books, on the internet platform www.philosophyforfuture.org and through his face-to-face and distance teaching.

   

Alexa Böckel

Alexa Böckel ©Leuphana
Alexa Böckel is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Centre for Sustainability Management and Social Change Hub (SCHub). She supports students in creating projects, initiatives and startups in the realm of sustainable entrepreneurship. In her research, she focuses on the role of circular startups for a circular society.

  

Simone Borgstede

Simone Borgstede ©Simone Borgstede
Simone Beate Borgstede is a sociologist and historian who came to academics late in life because she was more interested in working in social movements. She lives in the houses of St. Pauli Hafenstr., which – together with others – she squatted in the eighties. Simone’s research and teaching interests are racism, sexism and other forms of societal exclusion and social movements for fundamental change.

   

Steffen Farny

Steffen Farny ©Leuphana/Marvin Sokolis
Steffen Farny is Assistant Professor for International Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. In his research, he focuses in sustainability and entrepreneurship phenomena, the role of emotions in organizational processes and entrepreneuring in extreme contexts. He predominantly applies qualitative research methods to study practices, affect and institutional processes.

   

Dieter Friedrichs

Dieter Friedrichs ©Dieter Friedrichs
Dieter Friedrichs, PhD, has been Professor in Cultural Science. He is currently lecturer at the Leuphana University and the University Duisburg-Essen since 2009. His main interests are Cultural Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science.

  

Senan Gardiner

Senan Gardiner ©Senan Gardiner
Senan Gardiner is researcher and lecturer for the Leuphana Institute for Education and Psychology. He is currently researching the intersect between future studies, sustainability activism and educational psychology. For the past ten years he has worked in the field of community and further education, working with higher education institutions, organisations such as Transition Towns Ireland and Stop Climate Chaos to inspire communities to envision a more sustainable post-carbon future. Prior to this he studied and worked as a conservation biologist in the NGO sector. His research interests include ESD, Peace education, community sustainability initiatives and engaging Ecovillages as living and pedagogical laboratories.

   

Lea Gathen

Lea Gathen ©Lea Gathen
Lea Gathen is a young educational professional focussing on teaching and small research projects connected to energy and mobility of the future. She holds a degree each in environmental and educational science.

   

Belén González

Belén González ©Leuphana
Belén González is Professor of Sustainable Governance at the Leuphana Institute of Political Science and a Senior Researcher at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA). She studies social and political conflict dynamics using comparative methods. Prof. González research focuses on how the composition and behaviour of state, non-state and informal actors contribute to the risk of escalatory violence.

   

Luise Görges

Luise Görges ©Leuphana
Luise Görges is an assistant professor of economics. Her research interest lies in understanding how social norms and institutions affect economic behaviour and shape social inequalities, in particular with respect to gender. She is passionate about generating rigorous empirical evidence that can inform policy, by combining behavioural and experimental economics as well as survey and administrative data. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for an evidence-based approach to improving society with students as much as she loves sharing knowledge that allows students to apply this approach and create measurable societal impact themselves.

   

Johanna Marlene Hansen

Johanna Marlene Hansen ©Johanna Marlene Hansen
Johanna Hansen is focusing on political campaigning and different types of participation. She holds a a Master’s degree in Political Communications from the University of Amsterdam and studied Environmental Sciences at the Leuphana University. Hansen has experience in the electoral campaign team at the small party Demokratie in Bewegung and supported a Children and Youth project by Greenpeace.

   

Seraphia Heitmann

Seraphia Heitmann ©Seraphia Heitmann
Séraphia Heitmann is a specialist in Comparative Cultural Studies with an expertise in Asian cultures, Asian philosophy. She has a history of Art (focus: architecture), and Naturopathy. Seraphia is an experienced teacher with excellent evaluations and a very well-known public speaker in academic and non-academic international circles. She is also an author of recognised contributions in the field of cultural studies. Séraphia is experienced in academic teaching, tutoring of students, management experience, and development of curricula and has contributions to a variety of research projects. She is in cooperation with scientific colleagues and on scientific projects related to Cultural Studies. She gathered her field research experience both abroad and locally. Lastly, Séraphia is a lover of Wabi-Sabi (侘寂) and the aesthetics of Yūgen (幽玄) in Japan .

   

Liselotte Hermes da Fonseca

Liselotte Hermes da Foncesca ©Liselotte Hermes da Foncesca
Liselotte Hermes da Fonseca studied German language and literature, ethnology, scandinavian studies, philosophy and art history in Hamburg, Rome and Bologna. She wrote her dissertation in ethnology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg on the topic "Questions about Life: Representations of the Knowledge of Man". She is an editor and author in the field of literature, ethnology, cultural studies, modern art and psychology, translator (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English) and lecturer at the University of Bremen, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Halle, Paderborn, Stendal-Magdeburg and Lüneburg.

  

Steffi Hobuß

Steffi Hobuß ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Steffi Hobuß is a philosopher by training and has been teaching philosophy and cultural studies at Leuphana for 25 years. Since 2017, she has been the Academic Director of Leuphana College. Her main research areas are philosophy of language, philosophy of education, intercultural and postcolonial philosophy, gender and feminist studies, aesthetics and literature. She is a member of Amnesty International and of the “Omas gegen Rechts”.

   

Leonie Jantzer

Leonie Jantzer ©Leonie Jantzer
After completing her Master's degree in migration studies, she has been working on measures of the federal return policy in Germany as part of an employment at Leuphana University. She has been a research assistant there since January 2021. As part of the project "Police, Politics, Polis - Dealing with Refugees in the City", she is researching the question of the extent to which the police are integrated into local practices specific to refugees and how their actions are shaped by the local environment. In her PhD, she deals with the security perceptions and needs of refugees, in relation to collective accommodation, and relates these with the security perceptions of police actors.

   

Teresa Kampfmann

Theresa Kempmann ©Theresa Kempmann
Teresa Kampfmann is a research associate and PhD candidate at the Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research at Leuphana. She works in the transdisciplinary research project Lüneburg 2030+, where she is also involved within the real-world experiment ‘Lieblingsplätze’, which has led to “Re-thinking Public Space” (https://www.lueneburg2030.de/lieblingsplaetze/) . She holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional development and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science.

   

Marc Kleinknecht

Kleinknecht, Marc ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Professor Marc Kleinknecht holds a professorship for Teacher Education and School Development at the Leuphana University Luneburg, Germany.His research interests lie in the use of video in classroom research, teacher education and teachers’ professional development.

   

Robin Kuchar

kuchar_robin_795-29413_NCD_RGB ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Dr. Robin Kuchar woks at Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization at Leuphana. He is co-editor of the volume Music City – Musical Approaches to the Creative City and co-initiator of the ‘Urban Music Studies Scholars´ Network’ (www.urbanmusicstudies.org). In his PhD research he analyzed trajectories of original DIY and underground music venues within the changing social environments of scene, city and the music industries. The related book Music Venues between Scene, the City and the Music Industries – Autonomy, Appropriation, Dependence was published in 2020.

   

Norman Laws

Norman Laws ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Dr. Norman Laws studied Political Management in Bremen, Germany, and Vilnius, Lithuania. He did his PhD at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and worked there as Research Assistant. Meanwhile he is Head of Unit for European Political Speeches at the State Chancellery in Hesse.

  

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.

  

Jan Müggenburg

Jan Müggenburg ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Jan Müggenburg is a professor for Media and Digital Cultures at Leuphana University. His research focuses on the history of digital media. Jan is the program manager of the Major Digital Media at Hamburg Media School.

   

Roberto Nigro

Nigro, Roberto ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Roberto Nigro is Professor of Philosophy at the Leuphana University, where he holds the Chair in Continental Philosophy. Before joining the Leuphana University, he was a professor at the University of the Arts in Zurich. Before that, he has been active for about twelve years in Paris in different institutions: as program director at the Collège International de Philosophie, as visiting professor in different French Universities, as an archivist at the Institut Mémoire de l’édition contemporaine. He held visiting professorships in various countries, including the USA, where he was active at Harvard University and Michigan State University. He comes originally from Italy, where he started studying philosophy and literature, before moving to Paris to also conclude his Ph.D. in political Philosophy (2000).

  

Steffen Pabst

Steffen Pabst ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Steffen Pabst was lecturer for sustainable consumption at Leuphana University until he recently joined the Hochschule Niederrhein as a project leader for Social Entrepreneurship Education. Being a dedicated traveller it is one of his passions to find ways for making tourism more sustainable and socially just.

  

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.

  

Gottfried Schnödl

Gottfried Schnödl ©Gottfried Schnödl
After studying German literature and history at the University of Vienna, Gottfried Schnödl has been working at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM) at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2011. He works on the history of conceptions of technology and nature, on figures of thought in mediality, and on right-wing theories of state and technology in the German interwar period.

  

Shenuka de Sylva

Shenuka de Sylva ©Shenuka de Sylva
Shenuka de Sylva is an architect and urban designer, and an academic at the Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The focus of her work is Water and Resilience. She explores opportunities that become available as sea levels rise and the occurrence and intensity of floods become less predictable because of climate change. The aim of her work is to identify socio-culturally and contextually suited sustainable and bottom-up solutions for increasing community resilience to natural flood events. Her work is informed by extensive project experience in the development of coastal and riverine community infrastructure following natural disaster events as tsunamis, storm surges, floods, and earthquakes in south Asian, the Pacific and Europe.

   

Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich

Trittin, Hannah ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich is Assistant Professor for Business Administration, particularly Business Ethics at Leuphana University Lüneburg. She researches Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability, CSR communication, grand challenges, and is interested in how responsible management looks like in the digital age. Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich has won several awards for her research and presents her works in various scientific and practice-oriented formats.

  

Patrick Velte

Velte, Patrick ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Patrick Velte is a professor for business administration, especially accounting, auditing & corporate governance at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2014. After his studies of Business Administration at the University of Hamburg, Professor Velte received his doctorate and post-doctorate qualification degree at the University of Hamburg. His research mainly deals with financial reporting, external auditing and corporate governance from a sustainable perspective (business cases for sustainability).

  

Christian Welzel

Welzel, Christian ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Christian Welzel, member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), is the Political Culture Research Professor at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. He is also President (emer.) and Vice-President of the World Values Survey Association and Chief Foreign Director of the Ronald Inglehart Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) at the National Research University-Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. Welzel’s research focuses on human empowerment, emancipative values, cultural change and democratization. Funded by the German Science Foundation’s Reinhard Koselleck Award, Welzel currently directs research on the project “The Cool Water Effect: The Secret Behind the West’s Emancipatory Drive.

   

Lin Xie

Lin Xie ©Lin Xie
Lin Xie currently works as an Assitant Profressor at the Institute of Information Systems, Leuphana University Lüneburg. Lin does research to apply Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence methods to important and practice-oriented problems in digital logistics (robotics in warehouses), transportation (e-buses), personnel planning and sports. Her current projects are Robust Integrated Operational Planning in Public Transport, Application of 5G-Networks in Digital Logistics, Decision Support Systems for Team Sports and Olympic Winter Sports and Robonatives Initiative Roll Out Nordostniedersachsen.

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

  

ROMAN TRÖTSCHEL

Troetschel, Roman ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Professor for Social-, Organizational and Political Psychology, especially empirical Negotiation Research

  

Annika Weiser

Annika Weiser ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Coordinator of the "Transforming knowledge: responsible action" module

  

Johannes van Deest

Johannes van Deest ©Leuphana/Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
Coordinator DATAx

   

Alexa Böckel

Alexa Böckel ©Leuphana
SCHub and Research Assistant at Leuphana