Research for the Environment

Dr. Kerstin Krellenberg

Division of Social Sciences
Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
Working Group Climate Change
Working Group Urban and Regional Research

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1608
fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 45 1608

Kerstin Krellenberg

Dr. Kerstin Krellenberg

Areas of Expertise & Research

  • Megacities
  • Latin America
  • Urban Climate Adaptation
  • Urban Development
  • Urban Risks and Urban Vulnerability
  • Participatory Processes and Transdisciplinarity

Curriculum Vitae


Since 10/2007

12/2012 -

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Senior Scientist

  • since 04/2013 Scientific direction CLAVE Helmholtz International Research Group (Chilean/German cooperation) "Climate change adaptation options in Santiago de Chile and other Latin American megacities - Urban vulnerability on local level"
  • since 06/2014 Scientific direction CLIST Project "Climate change response at the local level in Istanbul – Mutual learning among cities and actors"
  • 07/2014-12/2014 Scientific direction CLIMP Project "Implementation of adaptation measures to climate change in Santiago de Chile"
  • 09/2009-12/2012 Scientific coordination CAS Project "ClimateAdaptationSantiago"
  • 10/2007-02/2011 Scientific coordination RHM Research Initiative "Risk Habitat Megacity"

Istanbul Policy Centre (IPC), Sabancı University (Istanbul, Turkey)
Mercator-IPC Fellow

06/2007 - 10/2007

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Postdoc in the DFG-Research Training Group 780/2 "Perspectives of Urban Ecology - Shrinking cities"


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
PhD in Geography

04/2004 - 04/2006

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
NaFöG-PhD Scholarship from the State of Berlin

09/2002 - 04/2004

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Collaboration on the DAAD/PROALAR research project "Perspectives of urban ecology for the metropolis Buenos Aires"

10/1996 - 01/2002

University of Vechta
Study of "Environmental Sciences"

Current Projects

Helmholtz Urban research initiative
(Scientific collaborator, Coordination and main contact person at UFZ)

"Integrated Project Urban Transformations"
(Scientific collaborator, Co-Speaker of WP1)

Helmholtz International Research Group CLAVE
"Climate change adaptation options in Santiago de Chile and other Latin American megacities - Urban vulnerability on local level"
(German head of project)

BMBF German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation 2014 CLIST Project
"Climate change response at the local level in Istanbul – Mutual learning among cities and actors"
(Head of project)

Completed projects

Federal Foreign Office CLIMP Project
"Implementation of climate change adaptation measures in Santiago de Chile"
(Head of project)

Project at Sabancı University (Istanbul, Turkey)
"A general framework for elaborating and implementing climate change adaptation response in (mega)cities"
(IPC-Mercator Fellow)

BMU CAS Project "ClimateAdaptationSantiago"
(Project coordination)

RHM Helmholtz Research Initiative "Risk Habitat Megacity"
(Project coordination)

"Mega-Trend Urbanisation: Vulnerability and Environmental Risks"
(Scientific collaborator)

Recently published (2015)

Barton, J. R., Krellenberg, K. & Harris, J. M. (2015): Collaborative governance and the challenges of participatory climate change adaptation planning in Santiago de Chile. In: Climate and Development, DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2014.934773.

Krellenberg, K. (2015): Schlaglicht. Risikoraum Stadt oder Chancen zur aktiven Veränderung? Herausforderungen im Umgang mit dem Klimawandel. In: Roth, M., Ulbert, C. & Debiel, T. (eds), Globale Trends 2015. Perspektiven für die Weltgesellschaft, Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden, Fischer Verlag, pp 269-273.

Rink, D., Banzhaf, E., Kabisch, S. & Krellenberg, K. (2015): Von der „Großen Transformation“ zu urbanen Transformationen. Zum WBGU-Hauptgutachten Welt im Wandel, GAIA 24/1 (2015), pp 21-25.


Publications Kerstin Krellenberg

Academic Services

since 2013

since 2011



Member of Comité Asesor Técnico of the project Vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability and change in the Maipo River Basin in Central Chile of the Centro UC Cambio Global

Member of Scientific Advisory Board of the Programme "Effect Studies and Adaptation to Climate Change" of the Top-level Research Initiative (TRI)

Member of Expert working group of the ETC/CCA European Topic Centre on Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation

Reviewer for DAAD commission 'Megacities'

Most recent press releases


at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

SS 2010
SS 2005
SS 2005
WS 2004/05

Project Seminar: Urban Ecosystem Services (Megacities)
Seminar: Problem-oriented analysis with GIS
Seminar: Evaluation and modellation with geomatics
Excursion: Argentina, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. W. Endlicher

Supervision of thesis (completed)

University Dresden: Wissenstransfer in der Klimaanpassung - Das Beispiel Santiago de Chile und die Kommunen Pedro Aguirre Cerda und La Florida

University Leipzig: Cross-cutting character of adaptation to climate change - Motivations and obstacles to implementation, the case of Santiago de Chile



New Staff

Juan Baca

Juan Baca
develops geostatistical techniques for the interpolation of air quality data in Medellin (Colombia) on the basis of his previous expertise with air quality control and modelling in Quito (Ecuador).


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