Ina Richter studied German Studies, Sociology and the Science of Media and Communication at the University of Leipzig and the Università degli Studi di Palermo. Her master’s thesis examined the development of the German Studies’ Institute in Leipzig after 1945, focusing on continuities and changes in research and teaching.
After graduating in 2008, Ina Richter worked on topics at the interface of environment and society in various organisations, including an environmental NGO in Australia, the Berlin consulting institute adelphi, and the Rachel Carson Center in Munich.
Ina Richter came to the IASS in 2013 and was initially responsible for the DEMOENERGIE project funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). This project focused on the practice of dialogue-oriented citizenship in the energy sector. One result of her research is the database energiebeteiligt.de, which provides an overview of the state of play in that field. She continues to carry out research on the participation practice of public administration in Germany as a senior research associate in the “Governance and Participation” project.