Dr. Beatrice John

21335 Lüneburg, Universitätsallee 1
Guest scientist, Sustainability Education and Transdisciplinary Research Institute


Beatrice John is currently guest researcher at Leuphana at the Faculty of Sustainability. Her interests, work as research associate, and her PhD at Leuphana University Lüneburg focused on visioning and experimenting, particularly by using digital environments as tools to develop participatory sustainable urban futures.

From 2012 to 2016 Beatrice was project coordinator, researcher, and instructor in the Global Classroom project, a partnership between Arizona  State University and Leuphana University in Germany with the goal of developing an model curriculum for sustainability in higher education and a digitalized teaching-learning environment for real world challenges of the 21st century. Until 2019 she worked in „Bridging the Great Divide“ on pre-testing sustainability solution in digital semi-immersive environments.

Since 2019 Beatrice John is project coordinator in Boizenburg/Elbe, the city partner in the research project „GoingVis“ (BMBF Leitinitiative Zukunftsstadt). Her work revolves around the local participatory processes for climate adaptation, named PLATZ-B.


Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2019 Local project coordinator for climate adaptataion processes in Boizenburg/Elbe with "GoingVis" research project.
  • 2016-2019 Research Associate in "Bridging the Great Divide in Sustainability"
  • 2019 PhD "Representations in Sustainability Science: Tools to Analyze, Envision, Engage and Learn"
  • 2013-2016 Project coordination, instructor, research in "The Global Classroom - Liberal Arts Education in the 21st century"; Partnership between Leuphana and Arizona State University
  • 2012: Master of Science "Sustainability Science", Leuphana University Lüneburg; Thesis: How much sustainability substance is in urban visions? Criteria-based assessment of visions in urban planning"
  • 2009: Bachelor of Arts "Multilingual Communications", Cologne University of Applied Sciences