Post Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Bianca Vienni
Universitätsallee 1, C40.524
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1975
Fax +49.4131.677-1713

Bianca Vienni joined the Centre for Methods in April 2016. She is a postdoctoral research associate and is working in the research entitled “Challenges of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge production: Institutionalisation, cultures and communities (ICC)”.

Dr. Maria de Eguia Huerta
Universitätsallee 1, C40.322
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1917

Dr. Maria De Eguia Huerta is a postdoc involved in the CCP Project in the research area of the Methodological foundations of transdisciplinary research. She is currently exploring power relationships at play in methodologies of transdisciplinary research from a decolonial perspective, possible nourishments for transdisciplinary research from the Grounded Theory, as well as discourses on sustainability from varied society spheres of Latin America.  She is a Doctor of Political Science and graduated previously in Communication and Cultural Science.

PhD candidates

Sadhbh Juárez Bourke
Universitätsallee 1, C.40.437
21335 Lüneburg
Tel: 04131-6774107

Sadhbh Juárez Bourke is member of the Robert-Bosch-Graduiertenkolleg Processes for Sustainability Transformations. She is conducting a PhD on ”Developing Methods for Integration in Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research Processes: From Freire to Art-Based Research”.

Rebecca Freeth, MPhil
Universitätsallee 1, C40.215
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-4020
Fax +49.4131.677-1713

Rebecca Freeth joined Leuphana University in December 2015 and is a PhD Candidate in the research project Leverage Points. She is conducting formative accompanying research in order to critically reflect on the process of knowledge production in the inter- and transdisciplinary project.

Esther Meyer (M.Sc.)
Universitätsallee 1, C40.325
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-2803

Esther Meyer has started her PhD in the research project Complexity or Control? Paradigms for Sustainable Development at Leuphana University in July 2015. In her PhD project she conducts discourse analysis on key terms of Sustainability Science, underlying arguments, and theoretical contextualizations.

Dipl. Des. (FH) Daniela Peukert
Universitätsallee 1, C40.214
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-4023

Daniela Peukert has started her PhD in the research project Leverage Points in November 2015. She works on how design methods can be helpful regarding the production and the exchange of knowledge in transdisciplinary teams.

Dipl.-Soz. Robin Pascal Straub
Universitätsallee 1, C40.328
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1973

Robin Pascal Straub joined Leuphana University in January 2016 and is working in the research project ZZL network. His PhD project deals with cooperation processes in the science and practice of teacher education.

External PhD candidates

Loni Hensler

Universidad Veracruzana & 
Red de Socioecosistemas y Sustentabilidad CONACyT
Xalapa, Mexico
Tel: 0052-(1)444-3032136

Loni Hensler is doing her PhD on "Learning for Collective Territorial Management - The Potential of the Construction of Utopias and Exchange of Local Experiences." She has been working at the Universidad Veracruzana since 2017 and is doing her PhD there, and in collaboration with the Leuphana University Lüneburg.

Willington Ortíz

Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie
42103 Wuppertal

Willington Ortíz started his PhD project in 2015. He is working on the Transformation of rural energy systems in developing countries from a quasi-evolutionary perspective.


Katrin Aiterwegmair, Mag.

Katrin Aiterwegmair, Mag.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexiko
Tel.: 0052-(0)967-1060045

Katrin Aiterwegmair promoviert im Doktoratsprogramm Ciencias en Ecología y Desarrollo Sustentable en ECOSUR zum Thema “(Re-)Creando agri-cultura: (Re-)Construyendo conocimientos, saberes e identidad campesina. Una investigación-acción participativa de las prácticas de acción sociopolítica para la defensa de la tierra y del territorio de la OCEZ-CNPA Chiapas.

Claudia Konrad

Social & Cultural Anthropology (M.A.)
22767 Hamburg

Claudia Konrad has been a PhD candidate at the chair of ethnology at Trier University since 01/2013. The working title of her dissertation is “Adaptive governance in social-ecological systems. A case study on forest-related livelihoods under the implementation of incentive-based policies in Ecuador”.

Gemma Tejedor Papell

Master degree in Sustainability and in Forestry Engineering
08800 Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona)

Gemma  Tejedor  is  enrolled at  the  PhD  Program  in  Sustainability  of  the  University Sustainability Research Institute for Sustainability Science and Technology (IS.UPC) since 2013. The aim of her thesis is to explore how to introduce transdisciplinarity for sustainability in the engineering studies, specifically at UPC.

Insa Winkler

Architektur und Umwelt (M.Sc.)
27798 Hude

Insa Winkler is associated to the research project Leverage Points and questions in her PhD project how Social Land Art behaves in the context of empirical and artistic practice, and its suggestive theories in the discourse of transdisciplinary sustainability science, and social culture organization.

Completed Doctorates

Moritz Engbers
Universitätsallee 1, C40.214
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-4014

Title of the PhD Thesis: "Culture and difference in transdisciplinary sustainability research: Analyses and conceptual contributions for the design and implementation of research and learning projects"

Dr. Vera Brandner

ipsum interkultureller kunstverein
1170 Wien

Title of PhD Thesis: "Das Bild der Anderen erforschen. Die Fotografie als Kulturtechnik für die Grenzarbeit in Situationen kultureller Differenz" ["Exploring the picture of the Other. The transformative potential of photographic practice in situations of cultural difference"] (Faculty of Sustainability, Dr. phil.)

Former Employees

Jeremias Herberg, M.Sc.
Universitätsallee 1, C40.322
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1358
Fax +49.4131.677-2803

Jeremias Herberg was a researcher in the Complexity or Control? Paradigms for Sustainable Development project. He is currently working at the IASS Potsdam and can be contacted at