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.
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.
Götz Kaufmann graduated in political science (2003) on the topic of Wandel durch Annäherung. Die monetäre Strukturrevolution im Zeitalter der Globalisierung am Beispiel von Ilha de Algodoal - Maiandeua and obtained a doctoral degree dealing with Environmental Justice in Brazil's Amazon in environmental sociology (2012) at Free University Berlin. He received his Staatsexamen (teacher's degree) from Justus Liebig University in Giessen (2018) in the field of anglophone studies (English as a foreign language), pedagogy, and politics & economy. He passed the 2nd Staatsprüfung with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Brandenburg in 2019.
Since 2012, he is an associated researcher at Environmental Policy Research Centre of Free University Berlin. He was visiting lecturer at the Institute for Political Science of Phillips University Marburg in 2017 and a member of the Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies from 2017-2018.
He led the project CC-VISAGES from 2013-2016. This project was financed by the Stiftung Deutsch-Amerikanische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen and the University Alliance for Sustainability of the Freie Universität Berlin.
He is member of the editorial board of the journal Environmental Justice since 2016.
He held professional research posts in Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Israel, and Canada working on topics such as environmental justice, sustainable development, globalization, political economy, political ecology, and climate change. His overall field of expertise is methods.
His extended research interests beyond Environmental Justice cover Sustainable Development, and sustainability in general, corporate social responsibility, indigenous rights, and intersectionality.
He is the founder and Managing Director of the Environmental Justice Institute (EJI).
On behalf of the EJI, he gave 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 at Phillips University of Marburg.
Dr. Francesca Rosignoli
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).
Dr. 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.