Dr Manuel Rivera

Project Lead Narratives and Images of Sustainability
+49 331 28822-300


Current Projects

Curriculum Vitae

Manuel Rivera was born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany. He studied sociology, philosophy and Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the National University of Buenos Aires (UBA). After receiving his diploma with a thesis on environmental awareness, he served as a project officer for the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), Berlin, and, temporarily, for the European Network of Environmental Councils (EEAC), Brussels, until 2007. The following years he worked as an actor at several German municipal theatres, before returning to sustainability issues by joining IASS in March 2011. Here, he has been working on issues as different as urban studies, Latin American alternatives to development, the German energy transition, or the idea of Nature in the Anthropocene. He assumed the co-lead of the Economics & Culture program in May 2015.

  • 2015 PhD defense at the University of Stuttgart (magna cum laude)
  • 2011-current  Scientific Officer at the IASS
  • 2008-2010 Actor at the Municipal Theatre of Heilbronn
  • 2007-2008 Actor at the Municipal Theatre of Rostock
  • 2004-2007 Project Manager for the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)
  • 2004 MSc (Diploma) in Sociology, Free University of Berlin
  • 2001 Holder of a Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the University of Buenos Aires