Paula Hild joined Trier University in November 2021 as a teaching fellow in human geography and is since April 2023 a research assistant (postdoc) in the DFG-funded LIVEABLE project.

She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Luxembourg. Her doctoral thesis focused on circular economy practices in Luxembourg. Before that, she worked for several years at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), mainly on corporate sustainability concepts and environmental impact assessments of buildings from a life cycle perspective.

Her research focuses on sustainable management concerning green building, the circular economy and sustainability indicators.

From 2000 to 2005, Paula Hild studied civil engineering in Saarbrücken, Metz (F) and Portsmouth (UK) and between 2013 and 2020, in her free time, adult education in Kaiserslautern and German studies in Strasbourg (F).

Work experience & education

Work experience

  • since 04/2023: Research Associate (Postdoc), Sustainability Transitions Lab, Trier University, Project: LIVEABLE
  • 11/2021 – 03/2023: Teaching Fellow, Human Geography, Trier University
  • 11/2015 – 02/2021: Research Associate, Luxembourg University, Geography and Spatial Planning
  • 10/2006 – 09/2015: R&D Engineer, Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology (LIST), ERIN


  • 2016 - 2021: PhD in Geography, supervised by Prof. Dr. Christian Schulz, University of Luxembourg
  • 2014 - 2020: MA/BA in German languages and cultures, distance study program, University of Strasbourg (F)
  • 2013 - 2016: MA in Adult Education, distance study program, TU Kaiserslautern (D)
  • 2005 - 2006: MSc in Civil Engineering, University of Portsmouth (UK)
  • 2001 - 2005: Degreed engineer in Civil Engineering, University of Lorraine (F) & HTW Saarbrücken (D)
  • 2000: A levels, Französisches Gymnasium Berlin (D)




Hild, P. (2021) Kontext und Praktiken der Circular Economy in Luxemburg [Context and Practices of the Circular Economy in Luxembourg]. Doctoral dissertation, University of Luxembourg, Luxemburg.

Book chapter

Ravetz, J., Hild, P., Thunus, O., Bollati, J. (2018) Sustainability Indicators. In: A. König (Ed.), Sustainability Science Key Issues. Routledge, pp. 271-295(25).

Articles (peer-reviewed)

Hild, P. (2023) The Circular Economy and Circular Building Practices in Luxembourg. Circular Economy and Sustainability, 1-26.

Hild, P. and Schulz, C. (2022) Das Versprechen der Zirkularität. Standort, 1-6.

Hjaltadóttir, R.E. and Hild, P. (2021) Circular Economy in the building industry European policy and local practices. European Planning Studies, 1-26.

Schulz, C., Hjaltadóttir, R. E., Hild, P. (2019) Practising Circles: Studying Institutional Change of Corporate Routines under Circular Economy Imperatives. Journal of Cleaner Production, 237, 117749.

Benetto, E., Jury, C., Igos, E., Carton, J., Hild, P., Vergne, C., Di Martino, J. (2015) Using atmospheric plasma to design multilayer film from polylactic acid and thermoplastic starch: a screening Life Cycle Assessment. Journal of Cleaner Production 87, 953-960.

Iribarren, D., Marvuglia, A., Hild, P., Guiton, M., Popovici, E., Benetto, E. (2015) Life cycle assessment and data envelopment analysis approach for the selection of building components according to their environmental impact efficiency: a case study for external walls. Journal of Cleaner Production 87, 707-716.

Rugani, B., Roviani, D., Hild, P., Schmitt, B., Benetto, E. (2014) Ecological deficit and use of natural capital in Luxembourg from 1995 to 2009. Science of the Total Environment 468-469, 292-301.

Rugani, B., Hild, P., Jury, C., Benetto, E., Mey, M. (2013) Analysis of complementary methodologies to assess the environmental impact of Luxembourg’s net consumption. Environmental Science & Policy 27, 68-80.

Supervised final theses (first supervisor)

Bachelor Theses (completed)

Zero Waste Strategien in gastronomischen Familienbetrieben – Eine Analyse der Herausforderungen und Barrieren [Zero waste strategies in gastronomic family businesses – An analysis of the challenges and barriers] (2024)

Barrierefreie Mobilität in Trier – Herausforderungen und Probleme im öffentlichen Nahverkehr [Barrier-free mobility in Trier – challenges and difficulties in public transport] (2023)

Die zapatistische Autonomiebewegung als eine Alternative zur „Entwicklung“ [The Zapatista autonomy movement as an alternative development model] (2023)