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

Student assistants

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Katharina Dietze

Katharina is studying „International Relations and Diplomacy“ (M.A.) at Trier University since 11/2020. Previously, she also completed her Bachelor‘s degree in Political Science and Sociology in Trier by 10/2020. She is interested in sustainability, global politics, postcolonial studies and their connection to feminism.

s3kadietuni-trierde | +49 (0)651/201-4468 | Room F134


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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

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

Paula Hild

Paula is a doctoral researcher at the University of Luxembourg focusing on motivations and barriers of companies shifting towards a circular economy. She holds a MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Portsmouth. Before joining the University of Luxembourg, she worked as R&D Engineer at a number of Luxembourgish research institutes.

paula.hildunilu | University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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

Former PhD students

Bingni Deng

Bingni is a PhD students at the University of Hull. Her PhD research focuses on processes of eco-transformation of industrial areas in the Changsha-Zhouhou-Xiangtan urban agglomeration of China. Her analysis suggests that environmental governance and industrial relocation processes are specific to the Chinese context and require of a Western-dominated understanding of greening processes and ecological modernization more specifically.

b.deng2015.hull.acuk | University of Hull, UK