Julia Affolderbach

Julia joined the University of Trier to take over the research chair for Sustainable regional and urban development in February 2020. Her research focuses on economy-environment relations ranging from urban climate change policies to resource conflicts.

affolderbachuni-trierde | +49 (0)651 201-4525
Room F144

Christin Weil

Christin manages the administrative office and organizational processes in the department. She is also the contact point for students regarding programme related questions including general information, certificates or appointments.

governanceuni-trierde | +49 (0)651 201-4551
Room F176

[Translate to Englisch:] Foto der studentischen Hilfskraft

Madeleine Hill

Madeleine is studying Applied Geography (B.Sc.) at the University of Trier since 10/2019. Her focus is on physical geography. Besides her studies, she is also interested in sustainability, renewable energies and international development cooperation. Madeleine works as project coordinator for the digilego project.

mhilldigilegoeu |  +49 (0)651/201-4468  |  Room F134

[Translate to Englisch:] Foto Mitarbeiter Michael Arnold

Michael Arnold

Michael is studying Applied Geography (B.Sc.) at the University of Trier since 10/2019. His focus being on Physical Geography, he's most interested in the areas of remote sensing and urban planning. As student assistant he concerns himself with forest conflicts in British Columbia.

s6miarnouni-trierde | +49 (0)651/201-4468 | Room F134

[Translate to Englisch:] Foto Mitarbeiterin Michelle Gerhards

Michelle Gerhards

Michelle is studying at the University of Trier since 10/2018. She recieved her Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) in 11/2021 for teaching biology and geography at secondary level (Realschule +). In her bachelor's thesis she anaylzed the segregation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia resulting from migration and urbanization processes. She is currently studying at the University of Trier for her master's degree. Since 03/2022 she assists the team as a research assistant in the field of seminar conception for the teaching profession.

s6migerhuni-trierde | +49 (0)651/201-4468  |  Room F134


[Translate to Englisch:] Foto Mitarbeiterin Maren Brauer

Maren Brauer

Maren graduated in 2021 with a bachelor's degree (B.Ed.) in geography and english at the University of Trier and is currently studying for her master's degree for teaching at secondary level. As a student assistant she aids with the preparations and realisation of the regional seminar.

s6mnbrauuni-trierde | +49 (0)651/201-4468 | Room F134

PhD students (co-supervisions)

Jana Busch

Jana obtained a post-graduate degree in Environmental Communication in Sweden before joining the University of Hull as a PhD student. Her doctoral research is part of the interdisciplinary ‘Evolving a Circular Plastic Economy’ project, where she is supervised by Dr. Pauline Deutz and JProf. Dr. Julia Affolderbach. In her work, she explores the role that universities can play as living laboratories, promoters and active agents developing a more sustainable economy and culture. Hereby, special focus lies on adaptations of Circular Economy practices on university campuses.

j.busch-2019hull.acuk | University of Hull, UK

Aodhan Newsholm

Aodhan is an earlier stage researcher within the EU funded innovative training network on the Circular Economy: Sustainability Implications and Guiding Progress. In his PhD research, Aodhan explores stakeholder relationships in a circular economy as well as existing and potential circularity at the regional scale using the examples of the Humber region, UK, and Styria in Austria. Aodhan is from Dublin, Ireland and has spent time studying, volunteering and working internationally in China, India and the Netherlands. He studied his bachelor degree in Business Studies, at Trinity College Dublin. He then went on to complete his MSc in International Management at Tilburg University, with his thesis focusing on the circular economy from an international corporate perspective. Throughout his studies and professional life Aodhan has been involved in a range of organisations dealing with global issues, from education to climate change.

A.Newsholmehull.acuk | University of Hull, UK