Research Awards 2019

With these awards, Leuphana highlights research achievements that are groundbreaking in the German and international research landscape and make important contributions to the university's reputation. On the basis of an implementation paper, revised annually after a voting process, research achievements of the previous year are surveyed and evaluated. The evaluation takes into account international standards of the respective scientific community and research culture. Research strength is primarily measured in terms of publication results, the acquisition of third-party funding and the reference of other scientists to existing research results as well as other outstanding personal achievements. The award winners are selected in a nomination procedure in which the four faculties and the senate commission for research participate. The award categories this year are: Leuphana Research Prize, Leuphana Prize for Young Scientists, Leuphana Monograph Prize, Leuphana Doctoral Prize and Leuphana Special Prize for Gender and Diversity Research.

The Award Winners

Ma­nue­la Bo­jadžijev

Manuela Bojadžijev's achievements can only be described as outstanding. The research projects she manages establish exactly those international research networks that are a necessary precondition for the success of excellent research with social relevance. The basic prerequisite for establishing these thematically clearly focused networks is Manuela Bojadžijev's unique theoretical and empirical expertise in the field of migration and mobility research, which makes her work equally attractive for both the international academic field and top-class funding institutions. Manuela Bojadžijev works on a wide variety of aspects of this field and dedicates herself especially to questions at the intersection of critical migration research and digital cultures. She is also committed to exploring new research perspectives, to the systematic theoretical and empirical foundation of migration research, and to the transfer of research results to a broader public, which is evident not least through her leading position at the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research (BIM).

Prof. Dr. Manuela Bojadžijev is awarded the Leuphana Research Prize for her academic achievements and publications.



Jacqueline Loos

Jacqueline Loos, who was appointed to the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship for "Sustainable Use of Natural Resources", is an outstanding example of the innovative power of social-ecological sustainability research. She focuses her research in particular on the nexus of environment-biodiversity-society, aimed at understanding the effects of global changes such as climate and land use change on the loss of biodiversity. She has published a very large number of articles in outstanding journals at a very early stage of her academic career. She does not only publish with international colleagues but also conducts research globally: in Europe (Romania), Asia (Vietnam) as well as in Africa (South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia). Thematically she is active in socio-ecological research with a special focus on landscape ecology, ecosystem services, human-environment relations and value research. Jacqueline Loos is already a recognized representative of her field in the (inter-) national scientific community.

Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Loos is awarded the Leuphana Prize for Young Scientists.



Erich Hörl

With his monograph "Sacred Channels: The Archaic Illusion of Communication", Erich Hörl has presented a study that puts the international reception and perception of his work on a new footing. Erich Hörl's "Sacred Channels" is an original examination of the history of communication and media theory and thus of the cultural imaginary of communication, which is analysed and developed through the concepts of the "sacred" and the "primitive". His work, first published in 2005 and based on a dissertation, has now been revised and translated into English. Its inclusion in the renowned series "Recursions” of Amsterdam University Press and the preface by Jean-Luc Nancy, one of today's best-known philosophers shows the book's continuing influence on the international development of media theory and philosophy. Through his research at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Erich Hörl promotes the international visibility of these areas in a significant way.

Prof. Dr. Erich Hörl is awarded the Leuphana Monograph Prize for his work " Sacred Channels: The Archaic Illusion of Communication".



Steven A. Brieger

With his cumulative dissertation "Individuals, Institutions and the Common Good", Steven A. Brieger provided an important contribution to empirical business ethics research, which has recently attracted considerable attention in the economic sciences both nationally and internationally. The dissertation, which argues at a high theoretical and methodological level, aims to analyse the influence of individual and institutional factors on decisions and mechanisms of organisations serving the common good. Steven A. Brieger defines the objectives of organisations serving the common good as being gender equality, environmental protection, social cohesion and the promotion of quality of life. Thus he clearly works on socially relevant questions - such as the determining factors of gender diversity in leadership positions - which fit directly into the mission statement and research focus of Leuphana University Lüneburg.
Steven A. Brieger is currently Assistant Professor for International Business at the University of Sussex (UK).

For his dissertation "Individuals, Institutions and the Common Good", Dr. Steven A. Brieger is awarded the Leuphana Doctoral Prize.



Prof. Dr. Angelika Henschel

Throughout her academic career, Angelika Henschel has systematically and continuously explored aspects of gender and diversity research. In previous research projects she examined the gender-specific segregation of the labour market, gender-sensitive didactics in adult education and violence in gender relations. Her research also focused on domestic violence and its consequences. Angelika Henschel published on gender-related experiences and biographical reflections of men and women who had experienced domestic violence in their childhood and temporarily spent time together with their mother in a women's shelter. The results of her numerous research projects, which were strongly third-party funded, and of related questions led to the development and evaluation of CPD and certificate courses at Leuphana University Lüneburg, which are directly oriented towards gender mainstreaming and diversity issues.
Angelika Henschel not only plays a major role in the development of a (gender-) just and diverse university, but is also involved in leading associations in the field of social work.

Prof. Dr. Angelika Henschel is awarded the Leuphana Special Prize for Gender and Diversity Research.



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