Profil photo of the working group lead Julia Affolderbach

Prof Dr 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.

Email | +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.

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

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Dr Paula Hild

Paula is a postdoc researcher on the LIVEABLE projekt focused on lived sustainabilities and green building funded by the German Research Foundation. Her research focus is on the green economy and regional transition processes including green buidling, circular economy, and sustainability indicators.

Email+49 (0)651 201-4697 | Room F140

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Angela Jensen (Dipl.)

Angela Jensen has been a research assistant at the University of Trier in Department VI since October 2021. Her interests lie in the field of environmental education and she has a large network of actors in the field of education for sustainable development in the Trier region. Since 1.10.2022 she is part of the Plast.Ed. project, where she leads the specialisation module for Master of Education students.

Email  |  +49 (0)651/201-4799  |  Room F155

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Trisanki Saikia

Trisanki joined Trier University as PhD researcher in Apr. 2023. She has a background in economics and is interested in economic geography focused on green entrepreneurship, cities and circular economies. She is currently working on developing a research project about waste management practices in Global South cities. 

Email | Room F140

[Translate to Englisch:] Foto Katharina Haupenthal

Katharina Haupenthal

Katharina is scientific research in the Urban Flood Resilience - Smart Tools(FloReST) project at Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld and since Jan. 2023 PhD student at the Uni Trier. As part of her dissertation project, she develops and assesses participatory approaches and their impact on disaster risk perception in the context of flooding.


Scientific & Student Assistants

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Bastian Senger

Bastian is studying Tourism Geography at the University of Trier. He is supporting the research group with administrative task, teaching and research and also contributes to the Plast.Ed Project.

Email | +49 (0)651/201-4468 | Room F134 & F165

Anna-Lena Schie

Anne-Lena Schie completed her BSc in Environmental Biosciences at Trier University in 2022 and is currently enrolled in the MSc Programme of Environmental Biosciences. She is part of the Plast.Ed project team and responsible for project communication including social media.

+49 (0)651/201-4468  |  Room F134 & F165

Jan Wöhner

Jan Wöhner is a Master of Education student in Geography and Biology. He is part of the BioGeoLab and supports the Plast.Ed project with outreach and education activities as well as overseeing and testing the machine workshop and as contact point for technical questions.

Email | +49 (0)651/201-4468  |  Room F134 or F165

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 Prof. Pauline Deutz and Prof. Julia Affolderbach. In her work, she explores the role 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.

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