Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

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About the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) is an international research center dedicated to the study of environment and society from a wealth of different disciplines and international perspectives.

A nonprofit institution, the RCC was founded in 2009 as a joint initiative of LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) and the Deutsches Museum, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as a Center for Advanced Study (Käte Hamburger Kolleg). The RCC has since evolved into a permanent center directed by LMU Munich’s chair in American cultural history and the newly established chair in environmental humanities.

The RCC features a number of graduate programs: the structured doctoral program Environment and Society (ProEnviron), the international doctoral program "Rethinking Environment" (IDK) in cooperation with the University of Augsburg, an MA certificate program in environmental studies, and the newly introduced master program Environment and Society, which started at the beginning of 2022. The center also hosts numerous research projects, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the European Research Council (ERC), the Volkswagen Foundation, the Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF), and others. Finally, it hosts international visiting scholars, fellows, and visiting doctoral students. The center’s over 300 postdoctoral and professorial alumni have formed the Society of Fellows.

The center's namesake is the American biologist, nature writer, and environmentalist Rachel Carson, whose writing raised awareness worldwide about threats to the environment and human health. Learn more about the life and work of Rachel Carson here.

While the RCC is based in Munich, Germany, the center's staff and fellows come from all over the world and the working language is English.


Our mission is to advance research and discussion concerning the interrelationship between humans and nature.


The Rachel Carson Center offers a variety of positions from fellowships for senior scholars to internships. 


The Society of Fellows supports its members and the RCC through a comprehensive giving campaign.

Mailing List

The RCC maintains two listservs to provide updates about activities and events.