Since 2018, Dr. Johannes Staemmler is heading the project "Social Change and responsive policy advice" together with Dr. Jeremias Herberg. The goal is to develop and apply democratic means in the social and economic transformation that is accelerated by the end of coal mining.
He studied International Relations at the University of Technology Dresden and Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany, where he received a Ph.D. for his work on civil society in shrinking cities.
His previous work emphasized research on and participation in complex transition scenarios, especially within organizations and regional contexts. At the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, he advised the president on strategy issues. For the Stifterverband, he developed at network instrument to connect local government to research institutions. For the German Mining Museum Bochum, he advises the German government and several Länder on how to deal with the scientifically and culturally important remains of the Soviet-German uranium mining in the GDR. He is co-founder of "Third Generation East".