Prof. Dr. Antje Bruns (Chairholder)
Antje's research for the past few years has been on environmental governance in coastal zones and coastal cities. Her current research is in the field of “sustainability governance” and bridges human geography and natural science perspectives. Antje highly committed to interdisciplinary work and boundary work – therefore she has a team with different disciplinary backgrounds. Conceptual starting point is the interest in political ecology, sustainability and geographical core concepts. We like to rethink – seemingly given – ordering concepts like human vs nature, urban vs. rural or North vs South. Antje is a trained geographer (PhD CAU-Kiel, Diploma Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). 

Contact:| +49 (0)651/201-4550 |Room F177

Christin Weil M.A. (Assistant)
Christin manages the administrative office and takes care of the organizational processes of the department. She is also responsible for answering student questions. Beside that, she is the first contact point for everybody who needs information, certificates or appointments related to the department. +49 (0)651/201-4551 | Room F176

Dr. Jennifer Gerend (Postdoc Researcher)
Jennifer Gerend is a post doc researcher and instructor. Most recently a faculty member at The Evergreen State College, she has also worked for American and German municipal governments on urban development. Interests: urban planning, governance, infrastructure, economic geography.
gerenduni-trierde| +49 (0)651/201-4730 | Room F178

M.Sc. Viviana Wiegleb (Doctoral Researcher)
Viviana focuses on the co-evoluton of science, politics and society in environmental governance processes. She is especially interested in knowledge-to-action arrangements for sustainability. Viviana holds a Master’s degree in Physical Geography from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
wieglebuni-trierde | +49 (0)651/201-4534 | Room F175a    


M.Phil. John Edem Akubia (Doctoral Researcher)
John is a PhD candidate within WaterPower. He is a geographer and an environmetal scientist by training from University of Ghana. His current research study focuses on implications of coastal urbanization and land-use change dynamics on urban water management in Accra, Ghana. |+49 (0)651/201-4011 | Room H345

M.Sc. Rossella Alba (Doctoral Researcher)
Rossella is a PhD candidate focusing on the politics of infrastructure development and water governance in Accra metropolitan area. She holds a post-graduate degree in International Land and Water Management from Wageningen University and has research experience in Ghana, Ethiopia and Mozambique.  
albauni-trierde |+49 (0)651/201-4318 | Room H342

M.Sc. Lara Bartels (Doctoral Researcher)
Lara is a doctoral researcher focusing on access to land and water in rapidly urbanizing villages at the fringe of Accra, Ghana. Trained as a sociologist in Bielefeld, Lara completed her M.Sc. degree in Social-and Human Ecology at the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna. | +49 (0)651/201-4317 | Room H342

Anja Hasselberg, M.A. (Project Manager)
Anja is a geographer trained at Trier University. Since 10/2015 she manages the diverse and dynamic WaterPower team, controls the workflow, milestones and takes care of any organisational matters. | +49 (0)651/201-4625 | Room H332

M.Sc. Lisa Heintges  (Research Assistant)
Lisa is a research assistant in the WaterPower team. She received a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development from the University of St. Andrews and a B.A. in International Relations. During previous placements at Eurostat and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Lisa focused on the Agenda 2030 and implications of the Sustainable Development Goals for German and European policy making.  | +49 (0)651/201-4176 | Room H333

Rebekka Kanesu, M.A. (Doctoral Researcher - Interreg Border Studies)
Rebekka is a social and cultural anthropologist who works as research assistant for the Interreg project "Border Studies" that focuses on border related questions and phenomena. The project is conducted by an interregional network of researchers from universities of the Greater Region who study borders from different and interdisciplinary perspectives.
kanesuuni-trierde | +49 (0)651/201-4560 | Room F179

M.Sc. Maria Kondra (Doctoral Researcher)
Maria holds a post-graduate degree in environmental sciences from Stockholm University. Within her PhD-project she focuses on political ecology of urban wetlands from the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area. Previously, she worked as a consultant for the UNU in the KAZUZ and DELTAS project.  
kondrauni-trierde  | +49 (0)651/201-4176 | Room H333

M.Sc. Sara Larijani (Doctoral Researcher)
Sara works on her Dissertation on Petro-Landscapes and the Karun River Basin in Iran. She holds a doctoral scholarship from Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung. Sara also works as lecturer for the lab and offers courses on Energy Geography. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Tehran University in Iran and holds a Master degree in Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning from HafenCity University, Hamburg in which her focus was water-related issues in urban areas.

Affiliated Scholars

M.Sc. Nazmul Huq (Doctoral Researcher)
Nazmul is based at University of Applied Sciences in Cologne at the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT). In his doctoral thesis (Trier University) he studies the role of the water-ecosystem-livelihood nexus for climate change resilience in southern Bangladesh.

Dr. des. Fanny Frick-Trzebitzky (Affilliated Researcher)
Fanny is a researcher affiliated to WaterPower. Her main research interests are urban disaster risk management, adaptation to global environmental change in urban coastal regions, and cross-scale interactions in environmental governance. Fanny's doctorate was funded by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. Now she works for the ISOE (Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung) in Frankfurt/Main. 

Student Assistants

Lorenz Boßmann
Lorenz is studying political science and geography (B.A.) at Trier University since 2013. He is interested in public policy regarding the sustainable development of cities and their energy and mobility requirements. 
s3lobossuni-trierde  | +49 (0)651/201-4610 Room F134

Jonas Flöck
Jonas is studying human geography (B.Sc.) at Trier University since 10/2015. He is interested in Global Change processes, infrastructural plannings and sustainability.
s6jofloeuni-trierde | +49 (0)651/201-4468 | Room F134

Jonathan Hassel 
Jonathan is studying human geography (B.Sc.) at Trier University since 10/2015. He is interested in urban development, resource managment and sustainability.
s6johassuni-trierde | +49 (0)651/201-4468 | Room F134

Lennart Kerl 
Lennart is studying human geography (B.Sc.) at Trier University since 10/2015. He is interested in social dimensions of resource goverance. 
s6lekerluni-trierde  | +49 (0)651/201-4468 Room F134

Christel Weable  
Christel is a Geoscientist (B.Sc.) trained at WWU Münster. Now she is studying for her Master’s degree in Environmental Science at Trier University. Her main focus was research in water quality research assessments.
s6chweabuni-trierde  | +49 (0)651/201-4610 | Room F134

Jens Niewind
Jens is a Geographer (B.Sc.) trained at Trier University and is currently studying for his Master’s degree in applied human geography. The focus of his research lies on climate change adaptation and governance.
niew6a01uni-trierde  | +49 (0)651/201-4011 | Room H345


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