Members of the Institute
Associated Academics
Dr. John Dryzek
Centenary Professor
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John Dryzek is Centenary Professor in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the ANZSOG Institute for Governance. Before moving to the University of Canberra he was Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow at the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, former Head of the Departments of Political Science at the Universities of Oregon and Melbourne and of the Social and Political Theory program at ANU, and former editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science. In a 2010 poll of American political theorists he was listed in their top 20 ‘scholars doing excellent work today whose work will be influential during the next 20 years’ , and was the most highly ranked scholar based outside North America.
Working in both political theory and empirical social science, he is best known for his contributions in the areas of democratic theory and practice and environmental politics. One of the instigators of the 'deliberative turn' in democratic theory, he has published five books in this area with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Polity Press. His work in environmental politics ranges from green political philosophy to studies of environmental discourses and movements to global climate governance, and he has published five books in this area with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Basil Blackwell.
He has also worked on comparative studies of democratization, post-positivist public policy analysis, and the history and philosophy of social science. His current research emphasizes global environmental justice, governance in the Anthropocene (a new era of instability in the Earth system), and cultural variety in deliberative practice.
J. Ndubuisi Edeh
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Ndubuisi Edeh graduated in Philosophy at the Pontifical Urban University, Rome (2006) and in International Banking and Finance at the University of Applied Sciences, Vienna (2012). He is currently a doctoral fellow at the department of philosophy at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany. His areas of research competence are Climate & Energy Finance, Cognition & Motivation, Metaethics and Applied Ethics (Energy and Climate Ethics). His research project in environmental issues focuses on ‘Climate Change and Intergenerational Ethics: Historical Emissions, Loss & Damage and Compensation’. The project contributes to the current debate on climate change and historic injustice. Its main argument is that the currently living people of regions with burdens of Loss and Damage due to climate change have rights to compensation based on the fact that the impacts of past emissions not only badly wronged the past people but also, its effects continue to harm their presently living descendants. Using the sufficientarian-based notion of harm (Meyer and Roser, 2012; Meyer, 2003), the project addresses the notions of Surviving Injustice and Enduring Harm of historical emissions. He is a member of advisory board of Green Age Africa on energy and ethical policies.
Dr. Itay Fishhendler
Associated Professor
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Itay Fischhendler is Associated Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the department of geography. His research interests focus on environmental conflict resolution, natural resources management, governance, and decision making under the conditions of political and environmental uncertainties. He is a leading scholar on transboundary water institutions and Middle East water issues. Recently, Itay has been working on projects involving transboundary energy conflicts including analyzing the design of economic energy sanctions. He has published over than 30 articles in public policy, conflict resolution, peace studies, geography, ecological economics, and environmental journals.
He has also been teaching on Environmental Justice in a Trans-boundary Space to strengthen the conditions for cooperation and long term environmental planning across boundaries in Jerusalem and empowering marginalized stakeholders, while at the same time educating students for social responsibility and action through interdisciplinary use of scientific, planning, and legal tools.
Christoph Hess
Environmental Engineer

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Christoph Hess holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences (HAW) Hamburg and a Master degree in “Water Resources Engineering and Management” from the University of Stuttgart. From August 2014 to July 2015 he realized a student exchange at the University of São Paulo (USP), where he wrote his Mater Thesis.
His research activity focuses on an interdisciplinary approach between engineering and social sciences. In his Master-Thesis, he studied environmental justice and hydropower with a case study on a large hydropower project in the Brazilian Amazon. The thesis was developed in cooperation between the Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems of the University of Stuttgart and the Department of Geography (Faculty of Philosophy, Languages and Literature, and Human Sciences, FFLCH) of the University of São Paulo (USP). His research interests are environmental justice and water management, hydropower and energy planning and theory of technology.
Christoph has furthermore designed and realized a research project on water resources, hydropower and socio-environmental conflicts in Brazil. In his Bachelor studies he focussed on wastewater treatment technologies. Since August 2015 Christoph is a member of the network Waterlat-Gobacit. At the moment, Christoph works as an Environmental Engineer at the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Behörde für Umwelt und Energie, BUE) of Hamburg, at the department of wastewater in the area of stormwater management and treatment.
Dr. Götz Kaufmann
Visiting lecturer at Phillips university of Marburg

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Associations: PUM - PoWi
PUM - MCfCS
FUB - EPRC
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Götz Kaufmann graduated in political science (2003) and obtained a doctoral degree in environmental sociology (2012). He is an associated researcher at Environmental Policy Research Centre of Free University of Berlin, visiting lecturer at the institute for political science of Phillips University of Marburg where he is doing a secondary study program in didactics and anglophone studies, member of the Marburg Centre for Canada Studies, and member of the editorial board of the journal Environmental Justice.
He has held professional research posts in Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Israel, and Canada dealing in areas such as globalization, political economy, political ecology, environmental justice, sustainable development, and climate change. His overall field of expertise are methods.
He is the founder of the Environmental Justice Institute (EJI) and was leading (2013-2015) the research team of his postdoc project CC-VISAGES, which is located at the EJI. He worked as lecturer at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) teaching courses on environmental justice, social movements, and environmental policy in Brazil, Germany, and Canada.
On behalf of the EJI, he run synchronous e-lectures with students and guest lecturers from around the world like the one in winter term 2017 on environmental justice and sustainable development. His extended research interests deals with corporate social responsibility and sustainability in the context of the new Trumpism in the world (Le Pen in France, BREXIT, new POTUS, AfD in Germany, and the like).
Dr. Marva King
Senior Policy Advisor
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Dr. Marva King is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Environmental Justice Office of the EPA. Dr. Marva King got interested in environmental justice while she was working on her master's degree at the University of Delaware and took a class on environmental policy in which she learned about environmental racism. In 1989,she joined the EPA and started working in the Environmental Justice Office. After 10 years in the Environmental Justice Office and another 10 in the air office, she returned to the EJ office in 2015. Her responsibilities include advising the director of the EJ office and his deputy.
Furthermore, advises Mustafa Ali, McCarthy's senior adviser for environmental justice. Dr. Marva King furthermore holds a PhD from George Mason University. In her dissertation she examines the link between social capital and the use of local collaborative partnerships for addressing neighborhood environmental and public health concerns within the context of two federal community collaboration programs.
Dr. Devon Payne-Sturges
Assistant Professor
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Devon Payne-Sturges is an Assistant Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. She also holds joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her initial academic training was in environmental engineering. However, after travels to West Africa where she witnessed clear links between environmental conditions and health, she decided to pursue public health. She earned her Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degrees in environmental health sciences from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, she served as Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Health with the Baltimore City Health Department then later as the Assistant Center Director for Human Health with U.S. EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research where she focused on biomonitoring for policy analysis, cumulative risk assessment, health impact assessment, environmental health indicator development, children’s environmental health and environmental health of minority populations.
Dr. Payne-Sturges’s research is aimed at improving how society makes decisions about environmental policies that impact the health of communities and populations, especially vulnerable, low income and minority populations. It encompasses the development of methods for better characterizing social determinants of environmental contaminant exposures and health risks and tools and models for assessing the cumulative impacts of multiple social stressors and environmental contaminant exposures. She is currently interested in social factors that influence exposures to multiple chemical contaminants in food. She is energized by the challenge of cumulative environmental health risks and social disparities in environmental health because these issues are difficult, complicated and sometimes controversial, from both science and policy perspectives.
Francesca Rosignoli, PhD
Research Fellow
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Francesca Rosignoli graduated in law (2012) with a master thesis in philosophy of law (nihilism and law) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza" and obtained a doctoral degree in Public Law, Comparative and International (2016).
Her doctoral dissertation "A Theory of Justice for Environmental Justice. A Comparative Analysis between Italy and Germany" was written in English after almost two years of research activities at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the Freie Universität Berlin (2014-2016).
She studied abroad in Denmark (Aarhus University) and Germany (Freie Universität Berlin).
During her studies in Denmark in 2011 she focused on issues such as Climate Change Law, International Law and International Jurisprudence (Theories of Justice and Global Justice). In 2014 she worked for one of the most widespread environmental NGOs in Italy (Legambiente) working on a Project about waste management in Rome in cooperation with environmental organizations such as A Sud that deals specifically with the topic of Environmental Justice. Since October 2016 she works for Ecosistemi Foundation for the development of the European Project on waste prevention Urban_Wins (Horizon 2020).
Arivaldo Santos de Souza
Research Fellow
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Arivaldo Santos de Souza was trained as a lawyer and a legal researcher in both Brazilian and US American institutions. After holding appointments in the non-profit sector, Government and Academia in Argentina, Brazil and the USA, Arivaldo joined the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Erfurt, Germany, where he works in the fields of European Public Policy and International Affairs.
He has published extensively in the field, includind several articles, policy recommendations. Most recently, his book "Direito e Racismo Ambiental na Diáspora Africana - Promoção da Justiça Ambiental através do Direito" (Law and Environmental Racism in the African Diaspora - Fostering Environmental Justice throught the Law) was released in 2015 (Detailed information here).
Miranda Schreurs
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Miranda Schreurs is full Professor for Environment and Climate Policy at the Bavarian School of Public Policy (Hochschule fur Politik München) of Technical University of Munich since 2016. Prior to this she was the director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre and Professor of Comparative Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin and before she worked as Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland. Schreurs’ work focuses on comparative environmental politics and policy in Europe, the US, and East Asia. She was born and raised in the United States and has also lived for extended periods in Japan and Germany and briefly in the Netherlands. Her PhD is from the University of Michingan and her MA and BA from the University of Washington. She has also spent time researching or teaching at Harvard University, Utrecht University, the Freie Universität Berlin, Keio University, Chuo University, and Rikkyo University and has held fellowships from the SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Program on International Peace and Security Affairs, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Science Foundation/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Johanna Seidel
Research Fellow
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Johanna Seidel graduated in Geographical Sciences in 2009 at the University of Würzburg. She has worked as a research assistant at the University of Applied Sciences Deggendorf being involved in the Project collaboration ”RiskMap - Improving Flood Risk Maps as a Means to Foster Public Participation and Raising Flood Risk Awareness: Toward Flood Resilient Communities” which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research under the EU initiative Crue ERA-NET.
Since January 2012 she is working as a lecturer for special tasks at the Freie Universität Berlin at the department of earth sciences.
Since 2014 she is a member of the Environmental Justice Institute (EJI), mainly dealing with data collection, processing and graphical presentation via GIS (Geographical Information Systems).
Dr. Bastian Stössel
Research Fellow
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Bastian Stössel graduated in Geographical Sciences, Botany, and Statistics in 2009 at the University of Würzburg. He has worked as a research assistant at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Federal Institute for Cultivated Plants (JKI) being involved in the Project “Innovation Network Climate Adaptation Berlin-Brandenburg”. After that he worked as a researcher and coordinator at the Freie Universität Berlin for the “Pilot project cooperation with the botanical garden Bogotá”. He has written a PhD thesis with the title “Weather-disease relationships and future disease potential of leaf rust and powdery mildew in Saxony-Anhalt” during his time at the PIK.
Since 2015 he is a member of the Environmental Justice Institute (EJI), mainly supporting the team as a consultant for climate and climate change related questions in addition to data collection and processing of meteorological data.