Steffen Neumann

Senior Research Associate
+49 331 28822-480


IASS Projects

  • Science Platform Sustainability 2030 Office

Research Interests

  • Sustainability, Social (Ecological) Justice, Recognition theory, Multiculturalism and diversity

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2017  Senior Research Associate, IASS Potsdam
  • Since 2008  Ph. D. student/candidate in “Cultural, Social and Political Thought” (CSPT) & Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 2013-2016  Academic Officer, Research Forum Energiewende Office and Academy Project “Energy Systems of the Future” (ESYS) Office, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, Berlin   
  • 2012-2013 Associate, Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change (TPEC), IASS Potsdam
  • 2011 Sessional Instructor, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, Canada
  • 2009-2010 Research Associate, Metropolis Project “Integrating Newcomers as an Urban Practice”, University of Victoria, Canada
  • 2008-2009 Research Associate, EUCAnet Project & Strategic Knowledge Cluster Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue (, University of Victoria, Canada
  • 2005-2008 Research Associate, International Study Group “Cultural Capital during Migration” (funded by the Volkswagen Foundation), University of Siegen, Germany
  • 1997-2004 German Diplom (combined B.A. and M.A.) in Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin
  • 2001-2002  Exchange Year (funded by German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD), Departments of Sociology and Political Science, New School for Social Research, New York City, NY, USA

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • 2011 „Farkliliğin olumsuz algilanmsi ve siniflandirilmasi: kanada ve almanya’da, ülke içinde eğitim görmüş yüksek vasifli göçmenlerin taninmama, aşaği görülme ve ayrimcilik tecrübeleri”, Istanbul: Kitap Yayinevi, S. 300-318 (Turkish translation from book chapter 2009).
  • 2010 “Engaging the Migrant Community Outside of Canada’s Main Metropolitan Centres. Community Engagement – the Welcoming Community Initiative and the Case of Greater Victoria.” Metropolis British Columbia Working Paper 10-13 ( (together with Oliver Schmidtke)
  • 2009  „Negativ wahrgenommene und klassifizierte Differenz. Zu Nichtanerkennungs-, Missachtungs- und Diskriminierungserfahrungen von BildungsinländerInnen in Kanada
  • und Deutschland”, in: Arnd-Michael Nohl et al. (Eds.), Kulturelles Kapital in der Migration. Hochqualifizierte Einwanderer und Einwanderinnen auf dem Arbeitsmarkt. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, pp. 211-223.

Selected Lectures and Speeches

  • 2014  „Geht es nicht um uns? Zur Inklusion von betroffenen Bürgern und Bürgerinnen im Rahmen der Trias von Energiewende, Daseinsvorsorge und Raumplanung.“ Conference: Daseinsvorsorge in der Raumplanung. Technical University of Dortmund, February 13-14 (together with Dolores Volkert).
  • 2013  „Neue alte Probleme? Zur Frage der Flexibilität des verfassungs- und verwaltungsrechtlichen Rahmens der energiepolitischen Diskurse in Deutschland.“ 4. Tagung „Recht als disziplinenübergreifende Herausforderung“, Humboldt University Berlin, October 11-12 (together with Dolores Volkert).
  • 2013 „Ich sehe was, was Du nicht siehst. Zu Axel Honneths und Nancy Frasers Narration des Wandels von Umverteilung zu Anerkennung“. Conference: 3-Länder-Tagung „Politik der Vielfalt“, University of Innsbruck, Austria, September 25-27.
  • 2011  “Thinking about Identity and Status Together.” Conference: Challenging Citizenship, University of Coimbra, Portugal, June 3-5.
  • 2010 “Unspoken Presuppositions and Essential Misconceptions. Critical Remarks on Charles Taylor’s Theory of Recognition”. Conference: Konstanzer Meisterklasse “Clash of Cultures?,” University of Constance, Germany, July 19-27.
  • 2009  “Has Redistribution disappeared? Touching upon Charles Taylor's Political Œuvre”. Conference: “The Fecundity of Recognition”, University of Toronto, Canada, April 4.

Honors and Awards

  • 2011   ICA Diversity Scholarship, Victoria, Canada
  • 2010 – 2011  German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) doctoral scholarship for the study at the University of Victoria, Canada
  • 2009  Graduate Award, University of Victoria, Canada
  • 2008 – 2009  UVic Doctoral Fellowship, University of Victoria, Canada
  • 2001 – 2002  German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship for the study at the New School for Social Research, New York, USA