Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Geographisches Institut

curriculum vitae

Personal data
  • Date of birth: 8th of August 1961
  • Place of birth: München, Germany
  • Nationality: German
  • Current Position: Honorarprofessor
  • Affiliation (mail address):
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Institute of Geography
    Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin
    Phone: +49 30 2093 46681
  • Sitz: Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung, Mohrenstr. 41
  • E-mail:
Scientific career
  • Since 2019: Chair of the Berlin Society for the Study of Science (Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsforschung)
  • 2014-2018: Head of the national research collaboration ForschenLernen (Undergraduate Research, BMBF-Hochschulforschung)
  • Since 2016: Member of the (Social) Advisory Board of the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS)
  • Since 2012: Honorarprofessor for Metropolitan Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Geography (Economic Geography)
  • 2012-2017: Professor of Research and Innovation, Projekt "FL2 Forschendes Lernen - Lehrende Forschung", Fachhochschule Potsdam
  • 2011: Senior Fellow at Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam
  • 2005-2011: Director of the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies at Humboldt University (
  • 2004-2010: Hans-Sauer Professor of Metropolitan Studies and Innovation at Humboldt University, Institute of Geography
  • 1999: "Habilitation" Venia Legendi in Environmental Social Sciences, ETH Zurich
  • 1998-2004: Assistant Professor / Professor of Human-Environmental Interaction at the Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich
  • 1997: Visiting scholar at Chicago University (Sociology, Prof. Abbott)
  • 1995-1997: MBA Zurich / Stanford University (diploma in 2003)
  • 1994: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the UN Headquarters in New York
  • 1993-1997: Research assistant & project manager at the Chair of Social and Natural Science Interface, ETH Zurich (Prof. Scholz), involved in planning Zurich West and Zurich North (revitalization of industrial sites,
  • 1993: Dr. phil. (PhD) in Social Psychology and Philosophy (Prof. Irle, Mannheim), dissertation on responsibility,
  • 1992-1993: Philosophy assistant at Mannheim University / Berkley (Prof. Delius)
  • 1989: Diploma in Psychology / Mathematics at Mannheim University, doctoral scholarship of the State of Baden-Württemberg
  • 1982-1989: studies at Munich, Wien, Paris, Mannheim, scholarship holder of the State of Bavaria
Teaching awards
  • 2022 Julie Johnson Kidd Fellowship for international teaching collaboration (with Femi Odebiyi)
  • 2006 Prize for Good Teaching of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (with Patrick Hostert)
  • 1996 UNESCO Environmental Video Clip Award for StadtBrachLand (student film project, transdisciplinary case study 1995)