Team

Prof. Dr. Antje Bruns (Chairholder)
Antje's research for the past few years has been on environmental and resource governance in coastal zones and coastal cities. Conceptual starting point is the interest in political ecology, sustainability science and geographical core concepts. Antje is a trained geographer (PhD CAU-Kiel, Diploma Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). 

In the lab, we like to rethink – seemingly given – ordering concepts like human vs nature, urban vs. rural or North vs South. Our research practice can be best described as boundary work.

Contact: brunsa@uni-trier.de| +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.  
governance@uni-trier.de +49 (0)651/201-4551 | Room F176

M.Sc. Toni Adscheid (Doctoral Researcher)
Toni holds a post-graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Stockholm University. His research tries to make sense of human-environmental relations in the context of planetary urbanization. Hereby his focus lies on the political and spatial dimensions of uneven urban development processes.
adscheiduni-trierde| +49 (0)651/201-4637 | Room F179

M.Sc. Viviana Wiegleb (Doctoral Researcher) 
Viviana is a doctoral researcher and focuses on the politics of knowledge in environmental governance. She explores the roles that different scientific experts play in environmental discourses and at the science-policy interface. Viviana holds a Master’s degree in Physical Geography from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 
wieglebuni-trierde | +49 (0)651/201-4534 | Room F175a

Dr. Abubakari Ahmed (affiliated Postdoctoral Researcher, Humboldt Research Fellow)
Abu is affiliated post doc researcher, based at University for Development Studies in Wa, Ghana. He has an academic background in geography, planning, environmental governance and sustainability science and conducted his PhD at United Nations University, Tokyo. His research over the past years has focused on the sustainability assessment of biomass energy production by bridging natural science and social science perspectives. www.researchgate.net/profile/Abubakari_Ahmed/experience

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.   
akubia@uni-trier.de |+49 (0)651/201-4011 | Room H345

M.Sc. Rossella Alba (Doctoral Researcher, BMBF-Project WaterPower)
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 Esther Bartels (Doctoral Researcher, BMBF-Project WaterPower)
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. 
bartelsl@uni-trier.de | +49 (0)651/201-4317 | Room H342

M.A. Emiliano Castillo Jara (Doctoral Researcher, DAAD-Research Scholarship)
Emiliano holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is interested in the politics of land and energy, sustainable energy transitions, and climate change policies. Emiliano´s PhD-project looks at the land use conflicts over large-scale tar sands mining in Canada. His research aims at developing a better understanding of how tar sands pipelines shape society-nature relationships across geographical scales. His research also explores the role of resistance movements in transforming Canada's energy landscape.
s6emcastuni-trierde| +49 (0)651/201-4011 | Room H345

M.Sc. Johanna Hopp (Doctoral Researcher)
Johanna is a research associate at the Lab and is currently preparing her PhD at the intersection of knowledge production about the environment, justice and environmental governance. Furthermore, she is working as research associate in economics and social change at Cusanus Hochschule, Bernkastel-Kues, seeking to shape a socio-ecological transformation through struggling for a post-economized society. She holds a Master degree in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance from Oxford University and a Bachelor degree in Cultural Studies from Leuphana University Lüneburg.
hoppuni-trierde| +49 (0)651/201-4730 | Room F178
 

M.A. Rebekka Kanesu (Doctoral Researcher, Interreg-Project 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. 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.
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Affiliated Scholars to the Team

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.
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Dr. 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. 
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Student Assistants

Danielle Baron
Danielle is studying English and Geography in the education degree program (B.Ed.) at Trier University since 10/2015. She is interested in sustainability and regional and urban development processes. 
s6dabarouni-trierde | +49 (0)651/201-4468 | Room F134

Agnes Feil
Agnes is studying human geography (B.Sc.) at Trier University since 10/2017. She is particularly interested in spatial planning, urban development and human environment relations.
s6agfeiluni-trierde | +49 (0)651/201-4468 | Room F134

Alessio Scriba
Alessio is studying Political Science and Sociolgy (B.A.) at Trier University since 10/2016. Apart from development processes in urban and rural areas he is interested in the implication of sustainable governance and management of resources.
s4alscriuni-trierde | +49 (0)651/201-4468 | Room F134