Franziska Linz

Research Fellow
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Franziska Linz joined the team of the Global Soil Forum in January 2012 as a research associate. Her main research interest is the implementation, monitoring, and analysis of the transdisciplinary research approach that is at the heart of the scientific work carried out at the IASS. As one of the first team members, she contributed to the early development and establishment of the Global Soil Week, which has since grown to become a large, internationally recognised multi-stakeholder platform for soil- and land-related issues. In February 2016 she became deputy to the Global Soil Forum coordinator Jes Weigelt and has joint responsibility for the conceptual development, facilitation, and ongoing analysis of Global Soil Forum research projects on sustainable land management, land rehabilitation, responsible land governance, and the role of soil and land in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Franziska Linz holds a diploma in geoecology and completed a master’s equivalent in environmental management at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Before joining the IASS she worked for internationally renowned research and development organisations including the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and the former German Development Service (DED). She wrote her diploma thesis as part of an EU-funded project on knowledge integration for decision-making in sustainability governance at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany.


  • Global Soil Forum

Curriculum Vitae

Work experience

  • 12/2010 - 12/2011: Intern and Diploma thesis, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig (Germany), Division: Environmental Politics
  • 08/2010 - 10/2010: Intern, German Development Service, Bonn (Germany), Division: Rural Development and Management of Natural Resources
  • 03/2010 - 07/2010: Student research assistant, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Potsdam (Germany), Division: Sensitivity of permafrost in the arctic (Sparc)
  • 03/2007 - 08/2008: Student research assistant, Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam (Germany), Division: Sustainable Solutions
  • 02/2008 - 04/2008: Student research assistant, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Cuidad de Panamá (Panamá), Project: Agua Salud


  • 10/2006 - 12/2011: Diploma Geoecology, University of Potsdam
  • 10/2008 – 12/2011: Main course: Environmental Management, Free University of Berlin
  • 01/2009 - 07/2009: Main course: Marine and Coastal Resource Management, University of Aberdeen (Great Britain)

Research Interests

  • Sustainable soil and land management
  • Participative environmental management