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Externally Funded Projects

International Doctoral Program "Rethinking Environment"

This program invites graduate students from a broad range of fields to explore the topic "Rethinking Environment: The Environmental Humanities and the Ecological Transformation of Society" in an intellectually inspiring environment in collaboration with Augsburg University.

Hazardous Travels

The DFG Emmy-Noether Research Group Hazardous Travels. Ghost Acres and the Global Waste Economy investigates structures and dynamics of hazardous waste trade since the 1970s.

CHEERS - Cultural HEritagE. Risks and Securing activities

CHEERS (Cultural HEritagE. Risks and Securing activities) is a European project concerning the protection of cultural heritage exposed to environmental risks (natural disasters, climate change, etc.).

RECOMS Innovative Training Network

The Rachel Carson Center is participating in RECOMS, Resourceful and Resilient Communities, a new Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Commission. 

Environing Infrastructure

"Environing Infrastructure: Communities, Ecologies, and China’s "Green" Development in Contemporary Southeast Asia" is a five-year research project (2020–2025) funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. 

Corridor Talk

"Corridor Talk: Conservation Humanities and the Future of Europe's National Parks" examines humanistic aspects of biodiversity loss. The project is jointly funded by the DFG and AHRC.

Urban Environments Initiative

The Urban Environments Initiative, coordinated by LMU and TUM, and based at the Rachel Carson Center, brings together researchers working on urban environmental issues from various international institutions.

Issues with Europe

The D-A-CH project "Issues with Europe—A Network Analysis of the German-speaking Alpine Conservation Movement (1975–2005)" investigates the complex negotiation processes in European politics by analyzing European transport policy in the Alps.

Cool Infrastructures

"Cool infrastructures: life with heat in the off-grid city" is a 3-year UK Global Challenges Research Fund project. It examines the everyday strategies through which people in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Cameroon manage exposure to heat when they have limited access to power, water, and other services.

Making Green Germany

"Making Green Germany" studies the roots of German climate politics in the 1980s and 1990s. It is funded by the DFG.

Die Startbahn

For over two decades ending in 1987, the extension of Frankfurt Airport through the construction of a new runway (Startbahn 18 West) was accompanied by vocal protests. This study aims to explain why the runway extension attracted such long-lasting controversy and protest.

The Marine Environmental Awareness

"The Marine Environmental Awareness" investigates how concepts of the environment have been formed by ocean sciences, especially marine biology during the 19th and 20th centuries. The project is funded by the DFG.