Headline: 2019 IASS Fellows Represent Broad Array of Disciplines and Professions

25 new fellows will join the IASS in 2019. Representing a broad array of disciplines and professions – from the natural and social sciences, to public policy, civil society organisations, education, and the arts – the fellows will have the opportunity to develop new ideas, cooperate with the staff of the institute, and interact with the wider Potsdam-Berlin sustainability communities during their time here. In addition, eleven fellows of the 2018 group will continue their stay into 2019 and four externally funded fellows are hosted by the IASS, bringing the total number of fellows to 40 this year.

IASS Fellows have the opportunity to develop new ideas, cooperate with the staff of the institute, and interact with the wider Potsdam-Berlin sustainability communities.
IASS Fellows have the opportunity to develop new ideas, cooperate with the staff of the institute, and interact with the wider Potsdam-Berlin sustainability communities. IASS/Rolf Schulten

One of the founding ideas of the IASS was to bring together multiple sources of ingenuity to address the sustainability challenges of our time. The institute’s Fellow Programme aims to serve as a knowledge hub by providing a constant inflow of new ideas and experiences and an open space for thinking outside the box. Through their interaction and cooperation with the institute’s staff and other organisations in the region, the fellows also gain from the experience and take new insights with them as they continue on their career paths.

Individuals can apply to become IASS Fellows via the annual public call for applications, to which 172 applicants from 46 countries responded to the call for this year. In addition, the IASS Directors may invite individuals to become fellows based on internal strategic discussions. Fellows may come from all walks of life and any country, and the IASS actively encourages people from outside scientific organisations to contact us if they are interested in participating in the Fellow Programme.
The following is a list of the 2019 group of fellows with information on their current or most recent institution as well as the topic of their research:

•    Prof Gabriele Bammer, Australia National University, Australia
Developing a productive synergy between integration and implementation sciences and IASS on three aspects of transformation research
•    Prof Michael Barton, Arizona State University, USA
Next generation information science to help more sustainably manage Earth’s complexly coupled human and natural system
•    Prof Lance Bennet, University of Washington, USA
SEED: Solutions for environment, economy & democracy
•    Elizabeth Dirth, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Extending a Lifeline: Climate Justice for Future Generations
•    Nina Doering, Oxford University, United Kingdom
When power is knowledge, does knowledge have power? Toward a better understanding of how efforts to gain legitimacy determine the selection of methods in transformative research
•    Dr Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Outcomes of democratic innovation in environmental governance
•    Rebecca Freeth, Reos Partners, South Africa
Collaborative capacity for meaningful co-creation and democracy in sustainability
•    Dr Verena Holz, Luhe Grammar School Winsen, Germany
Is there a chance for a diverse juvenile sustainable future in contemporary society?
•    Dr Stefan Kaufman, Monash University, Australia
What works in sustainability transitions: a developmental evaluation of the contribution of boundary organisations to multi-level behaviour and system change
•    Koffi Kôkô, Academy of Arts, Berlin, Germany
The third body: Crossing thresholds of transformations
•    Dr Gesche Krause, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
Capturing sustainable development goals dimensions within knowledge dialogues in transformative marine food security
•    Brooke Lavelle, Courage of Care Coalition, USA
Developing a curriculum for a mindset for the anthropocene
•    Prof Stephan Lorenz, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
A procedural methodology for transdisciplinary research and sustainable transformation
•    Prof Barbara Muraca, University of Oregon, USA
Radical imagination and speculative fiction as practices for a radical social-ecological transformation
•    Dr Ingeborg Niestroy, Public Strategy for Sustainable Development, Brussels/EU
A geography of governance for sustainability
•    Michael Palmer, TymorHir, United Kingdom
Governance for future generations: the ‘how’, the ‘what’ and the ‘why’
•    Prof Srikanthan Ramachandran, Physical Research Laboratory, India
Transboundary pollution across the Himalayas: Spatial extent, vertical distribution, and radiative impact
•    Dr Heike Schroeder, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Visions, knowledge and trust for sustainable development
•    Prof Elke Seefried, Institute for Contemporary History, Germany
A contemporary history of sustainability
•    Prof Sherry Towers, Arizona State University, USA
Developing sustainable solutions for firearm violence
•    Dr James Wang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
The use of narratives to motivate societal transformations to sustainability
•    Eric Willburn, Stanford University, USA
Environmental sustainability and social justice: The need for institutional change
•    Dr Catherine Wong, Université du Luxemburg, Luxembourg
The temporal dimensions of systemic risk: the case of green finance
•    Heinrich Wyes, Central Asian Regional Environment Centre, Kazakhstan
Evaluating the impact of industry 4.0 as a transformative driver for circular economy
•    Dr Luke Yates, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Political Struggles and Future Visions in the Platform Economy

Apart from the 25 new fellows the IASS welcomes in 2019, the following fellows from the 2018 group will continue their fellowship into early 2019:

•    Prof Barbara Adam, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Responsibility and accountability structures appropriate to timeprint of socio-technical actions
•    Dr Kathryn Bowen, Australian National University, Australia
Strengthening the governance and evaluation approaches to improve our response to the human health risks posed by climate change
•    Prof Paulo Esteves, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Jaineiro, Brazil
Socio-environmental protection in the Amazon region.
•    Dr Fang Man, Beijing Normal University, China
Risk perception and behaviour, transcultural communication
•    Dr André Gazsó, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
Risk governance of new and advanced materials
•    Adrienne Goehler, zur nachahmung empfohlen!, Germany
Sustainability needs deceleration needs basic income
•    Dr Martina Handler, Austrian Society for Environment and Technology, Austria
Social innovations as a contribution to societal change in the context of the Energie- and Ressourcenwende
•    Dr Mariam Maglakelidze, National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health, Georgia
Air quality in the context of global change
•    Grace Mbungu, PhD Student, Kenya
Social dynamics of the energy transitions
•    Prof Nico Stehr, Zeppelin University, Germany
Climate change, knowledge and democracy
•    Lindsey Weger, PhD Student, USA
Modelling the effects of air pollutant emissions from aspects of the German Energiewende on local and regional air quality using the WRF-Chem regional chemistry-climate model

The IASS Fellow Programme is also open to individuals who are funded by a third party. In 2019, the institute will host four externally financed fellows: Adrian Martinéz-Blanco from Costa Rica, Jyoti Prajparti from Nepal, Inaiê Takea Santos from Brazil (all funded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation), and Ravindra Singh Ziad Rattan Aulia from Fiji (funded by the Green Talents Programme).

For further information on the IASS Fellow Programme, please see here. For any inquiries, please email fellowship@iass-potsdam.de.