Dr. Christian Kuhlicke

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Dr. Christian Kuhlicke

  • Working Group Leader "Environmental Risks and Extreme Events"
  • Deputy Head of Department Urban and Environmental Sociology


Department Urban and Environmental Sociology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: +49 341 235 1751
Fax: +49 341 235 45 1751
Dr. Christian Kuhlicke

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Working Group Environmental Risks and Extreme Events

I am leading the working group on environmental risks and extreme events, an interdisczplinary working group that engages with the following research topics:


  • Perception of environmental risks, including socio-psychological as well as institutional, economic-political and cultural factors;
  • Assessment of urban risks with a focus on social vulnerability and community resilience to extreme events and the consequences of climate change;
  • Co-production of community-oriented disaster risk management and adaptation approaches including the coordination of transdisciplinary research projects;
  • Organisational and institutional challenges of using climate science in adaptation policy and decision-making processes and how they are shaped through concepts such as risk, resilience and vulnerability.



Recent Publications

  • Kuhlicke, C., David, D. (2016), Adaptive and risk-based approaches to climate change and the management of uncertainty and institutional risk: the case of future flooding in England, Global Environmental Change, 37, 56-68 (Link Open Access)
  • Kuhlicke, C., Callsen, I., Begg, C. (2016), Reputational risks and participation in flood risk management and the public debate about the 2013 flood in Germany. Environmental Science & Policy. 55, Part 2, 318-325 (Link)
  • Begg, C., Ueberham, M., Masson, T., Kuhlicke, C. (2016), Interactions between citizen responsibilization, flood experience and household resilience: insights from the 2013 flood in Germany. International Journal of Water Resources Development, online first, 1-18. (Link)
  • Thieken, A. H., Kienzler, S., Kreibich, H., Kuhlicke, C., Kunz, M., Mühr, B., Müller, M., Otto, A., Petrow, T., Pisi, S., Schröter K. (2016), Review of the flood risk management system in Germany after the major flood in 2013. Ecology and Society 21/2:51. (Link Open Access)

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