The Team

Principal Investigators


Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang (project speaker): Professor of Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research.

Prof Daniel Lang has been professor of transdisciplinary sustainability research at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2010. His research interests include the development of the theoretical, methodological as well as procedural foundations of sustainability science and the cooperation and mutual learning between different scientific disciplines and between science and society.

henrik1Prof. Dr. Henrik von Wehrden: Professor of Quantitative methods in sustainability science

Prof. von Wehrden has been professor of natural science methods at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2010. His research interests include statistical analysis at multiple spatial scales, nature conservation and ecosystem services. He is the currently dean the of the Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

arnimgreyProf Dr. Arnim Wiek: Associate Professor (tenured), School of Sustainability, Arizona State University Head, Sustainability Transition and Intervention Research Lab

Prof. Arnim Wiek has been professor at Arizona State University since 2008. His main research topics are sustainability transitions with a focus on emerging technologies, urban development, resource governance, climate change, and public health.


Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer: Chair for sustainable chemistry and material resource. His re­se­arch is fo­cu­sed on Sustainable Che­mis­try, Ma­te­ri­al Re­sour­ces and aqua­tic en­vi­ron­men­tal che­mis­try. He main­ta­ins a world­wi­de net­work of co-ope­ra­ti­ons and is foun­ding edi­tor  of Sustainable Che­mis­try and Phar­ma­cy and Cur­rent Opi­ni­on in Sustainable Che­mis­try.


Prof. Ph.D. Manfred Laubichler: President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology at Arizona State University

Manfred Laubichler is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. His undergraduate training was in zoology, philosophy and mathematics at the University of Vienna (Austria) and his graduate training was in biology at Yale and in History/History of Science at Princeton.


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Dr. John-Oliver Engler
Oliver is investigating how the choice of locations and contexts in transition experiments can be made systematically and thus more effectively. Oliver has a background in theoretical physics and economics. He will contribute to the pilot study on stratification of transition experiments with his expertise in ecological economics, theory and practice of decision making under risk and uncertainty and sustainability-related statistical data analysis and mathematical modeling.


Dr. Nigel Forrest
Nigel is working on building stakeholder capacity, and collaboratively designing and implementing experiments to transfer and scale local food system solutions based on a database of solution options, and using the mobile solution theatre. Nigel has worked on solutions-oriented research and sustainability transition experiments in the food-energy-water nexus in collaboration with local stakeholders within the Transformational Solutions Research and Education lab at Arizona State University. Nigel will bring experience in developing and applying frameworks for analyzing, evaluating, and extrapolating (transfer and scaling) sustainability solutions and experiments.

Profile pic Dr. Aditya Ghosh
Aditya infuses critical sociocultural reflections in the case studies, models and processes, working at the interdisciplinary interface of natural and social sciences. With backgrounds in geography, environment studies, media and cultural studies, Aditya’s responsibility will be to create a theoretical framework and policy tools that can ensure the efficient, effective and seamless transferability and scalability of the pilots and models across various geographical, socioeconomic and cultural contexts. The framework will also attempt to internalise and integrate reflexivity, social learning and local knowledge back in the process of modelling and designs of proposed solutions.

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M.Sc. Beatrice John
Beatrice is developing a standardised procedure for pre-testing transition strategies (ex-ante testing) in the context of climate adaptation. Within her PhD she is researching sustainability and resilience of urban visions, as well as methods for transformational sustainability research. She is also contributing to the research-oriented teaching formats with her experience as a project coordinator and instructor in the Global Classroom project, a partnership between Arizona State University and Leuphana University.

Dr. Heike Zimmermann

Heike is coordinating the project and investigating links between the different pilot studies. With her background in quantitative methods and experimental designs she will develop a method of parameterising solutions for sustainability. To this end, she will be incorporating findings from the pilot study on stratification and the solution database.


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M.Sc. Robert Feller
Robert is pre-testing solution strategies  (ex-ante testing) to inform real-world transition experiments as well as the implementation of solution strategies. His pre-tests on climate adaptation solutions will be transferable for transition strategies in general. Robert has a background in urban greening, GIS, and computational modelling including virtual realities.


Dr. Marco Reich
Marco is investigating techniques and incentives of sustainable chemical production. He is looking at the transformation processes of chemical substances and their final compostion as they enter the environment. Marco has backgrounds in pharmaceutical chemistry and in-silico experiments.