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Our international Ph.D. program, “Rethinking Environment,” is a cooperation between Augsburg University and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU). Institutionally anchored at the Environmental Science Center (WZU) in Augsburg and at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) in Munich, it brings together experts in the Environmental Humanities who come from a very diverse range of disciplines. The specific academic profiles of the WZU and the RCC, and the long-term non-academic structures that both centers are actively engaged in, provide Ph.D. students with anextensive international and regional network of scholars and partners in cultural and media institutions, NGOs, and industries.

Each Ph.D. project will be supervised by an interdisciplinary supervisory team, comprising three mentors from both universities (either two mentors from Augsburg and one from Munich, or two from Munich and one from Augsburg).

Augsburg University, Environmental Science Center (WZU)

Prof. Dr. Victor A. Ferretti: Iberian and Latin American Studies/ Environmental Aesthetics
Prof. Dr. Elke Hertig: Regional Climate Change/ Environmental Health Sciences
Prof. Dr. Marita Krauss: European Regional History/ Environmental History
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ohl: Didactics of Geography/ Education and Sustainable Development
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schlögl-Flierl: Moral Theology/ Environmental Ethics
Prof. Dr. Matthias Schmidt: Human Geography/ Transformation Studies /Political Ecology
Prof. Dr. Elke Seefried: Environmental History/ Modern History
PD Dr. Jens Soentgen: Environmental Philosophy/ History of Substances. Director of the WZU
PD Dr. Kirsten Twelbeck: American Studies/ Environmental Humanities. Coordinator Environmental Humanities at WZU
Prof. Dr. Uwe Voigt: Analytical Philosophy/ Philosophy of Nature
Prof. Dr. Marcus Wagner: Business Administration/ Innovation and International Management/ Economic and Technological Sustainability
Prof. Dr. Hubert Zapf: American Studies/ Cultural Ecology

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Rachel Carson Center (RCC)

Prof. Dr. Eveline Dürr: Ethnology/ Human-Environmental Relationships in the Americas and Oceania
Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman: Biology/ Life Sciences and Society. Director Biotopia Museum of Natural Science, Bavaria
Prof. Dr. Christof Mauch: Environmental History, American Cultural History/ Transatlantic Studies. Director of the RCC
PD Dr. Simone Müller: Global and Environmental History. Head of Emmy Noether Research Team “Hazardous Waste”
Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel: Economics. Head of ifo Center for Energy, Climate, and Resources
Prof. Dr. Henrike Rau: Human Geography/ Human-Environmental Relationships
Prof. Dr. Helmuth Trischler: History of Technology. Head of Research at Deutsches Museum, Munich
Prof. Dr. Markus Vogt: Christian Social Ethics/ Ethics of Sustainability and Climate Justice

The director of the program is Professor Dr. Matthias Schmidt (Human Geography, Augsburg), with Dr. Simone Müller serving as deputy director (Global and Environmental History, Munich).

For questions, please contact the coordinators PD Dr. Kirsten Twelbeck (twelbeck.idk@wzu.uni-augsburg.de) or Dr. Hanna Straß-Senol (hanna.strass-senol@rcc.lmu.de).