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Lena Schlegel

Lena Schlegel, MA

Doctoral candidate

Lena Schlegel holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology and a M.A. in Peace Studies and International Relations from the University of Tübingen. For her Master´s thesis titled “Decarbonising the human – a posthumanist critique and more-than-human ethics for low-carbon transitions” she received the Sustainability Award for Dissertations. After finalizing her M.A. in 2019, she worked as a research associate in an interdisciplinary EU project on disaster management at the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) Tübingen.

In 2021, she received a doctoral scholarship from the Heinrich Böll Foundation within the thematic cluster “transformation research” and joined the doctoral program in “Environment and Society” at the RCC. In her doctoral project she explores the role of human-nature relations for climate (in-)action in context of the Australian Black Summer. Her general research interests are situated at the interface of Environmental Sociology and Environmental Ethics, especially focusing on Feminist New Materialism, Relationality and Care. She also teaches B.A. and M.A. courses at the University of Tübingen, i.e. on Global Governance at the Health-Climate Interface and Climate Anxiety & Ecological Emotions.


  • "Between Climates of Fear and Blind Optimism: The Affective Role of Emotions for Climate (In)Action." Geographica Helvetica 77, no.4 (2022): 421–431. https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-77-421-2022.
  • with Leonie N. Bossert. “Anthropozentrismus (in) der Krise: Warum Probleme nicht mit der Denkweise gelöst werden können, die sie auch hervorgerufen hat” (Anthropocentrism in crisis: Why problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them). GAIA – Ecological Perspectives on Science and Society 31, no. 1 (2022): 14–18. https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.31.1.5.
  • with Leonie N. Bossert. “Mit Umweltethik gegen Pandemien: Warum Tierrechte und Naturschutz auch den Menschen nutzen” (Environmental ethics on pandemics: Why even humans can benefit from animal rights and nature conservation). GAIA – Ecological Perspectives on Science and Society 30, no. 2 (2021): 77–81. https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.30.2.4.