Dipl.-Geogr. Jochen Luther

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

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

Phone: +49 (0)341 235 1642
Fax: +49 (0)341 235 1836

Jochen Luther

Jochen Luther

Research Interests

  • Scenario Development
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Human-Environment Systems
  • Land-use Change

Professional & Academic Career

Since 09/2009

Research associate at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ within the EU-funded coordination action CATALYST, the ERA-Net CRUE project RISK MAP (completed) as well as in the coordination of the EU-funded coordination action CapHaz-Net. Furthermore involved in the European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA).

09/2005 - 08/2009

Research associate at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional DevelopmentIOER Dresden, BMBF-funded projects VERIS-Elbe, GLOWA-Elbe and the EU-funded project FLOODsite.

09/2004 - 08/2005

Assistant at the University Bookshop Elwert, Marburg

07/2002 - 08/2003

Field work in Acarnania/Northwest-Greece for the diploma thesis (“Geomorphologic studies on the holocene evolution of the coastal plain of Palairos, Acarnania/Northwest Greece“)

08/2000 - 06/2001

Academic exchange year, Université Laval, Québec, Kanada

05/1999 - 12/2003

Student assistant at the Philipps-Universität Marburg (Chairs of vegetation geography, economic geography and geomorphology) and at the Centre for Development Research Bonn ZEF as well as an internship at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ Projekt URGE.

10/1997 - 08/2004

Studies of Geography, Philipps-Universität Marburg Philipps-Universität Marburg with stays at the universities of Giessen and Bonn, Focus on physical geography (geomorphology, geoarchaeology) and cultural landscape research

Scholarships and Distinctions

  • Award of excellence by the Marburg Geographical Society for the diploma thesis (2004)
  • Scholarship for a language summer course awarded by the Nederlandse Taalunie (2004)
  • Scholarship for an academic exchange year awarded by the German Council for Academic Exchanges (DAAD) (2000-2001)
  • Scholarship awarded by the German National Academic Foundation (1998-2003)


Meyer, V.; Kuhlicke, C.; Luther, L.; Unnerstall, H.; Scheuer, S.; Fuchs, S.; Priest, S.; Pardoe, J.; McCarthy, S.; Dorner, W.; Seidel, J.; Serrhini, K. & Palka, G. (2011): RISK MAP - Improving Flood Risk Maps as a Means to Foster Public Participation and Raising Flood Risk Awareness: Toward Flood Resilient Communities. Final Project Report. http://risk-map.org/outcomes.

Begg, C., Luther, J., Kuhlicke, C. & Steinführer, A. (2011): Participation in Central European Flood Risk Management: Social Capacity Building in Practice. CapHaz-Net WP9 Report, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany (available at: http://caphaznet.org/outcomesresults/CapHaz-Net_WP9_RHW-River-Floods.pdf).

Kuhlicke, C.; Steinführer A.; Chloe, B.; Bianchizza, C.; Bründl, M.; Matthias, B.; De Marchi, B.; Di Masso Tarditti, M.; Höppner, C.; Komac, B.; Lemkow, L.; Luther, J.; McCarthy, S.; Pellizzoni, L.; Renn, O.; Scolobig, A.; Supramaniam, M.; Tapsell, S.; Wachinger, G.; Walker, G.; Whittle, R.; Zorn, M. & Faulkner, H. (2011): Perspectives on social capacity building for natural hazards: outlining an emerging field of research and practice in Europe. Environmental Science & Policy, online first, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2011.05.001.

Steinführer, A., Kuhlicke, C. & Luther, J. (2010): Introducing CapHaz-Net to a wider audience. CapHaz-Net Policy Brief N°1, January 2010. Im Namen des CapHaz-Net Konsortiums. Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ. Caphaz_Net_policy_brief_1.pdf (5 MB)

Luther, J. & Schanze, J. (2009): Exploring and evaluating futures of riverine flood risk systems – the example of the Elbe River. In: Samuels, P. et al. (Hrsg.): Flood Risk Management – Research and Practice. Proceedings der European Conference on Flood Risk Management Research into Practice (FLOODrisk 2008), Oxford, Vereinigtes Königreich, 30. September – 2. Oktober 2008, S. 1753-1763.

Luther, J. & Schanze, J. (2009): Futures for the flood risk system of the Elbe River. Composition, analysis and evaluation. Research output T14-09-04 des Projektes FLOODsite – Integrated Flood Risk Analysis and Management Methodologies. Floodsite_T14_09_04_RO_Elbe_v2_0_P46.pdf (2.5 MB)

Luther, J. & Schanze, J. (2008/in print): Analyse der Hochwasserrisiken in den Elbezukünften. Kapitel des Endberichtes VERIS-Elbe – Veränderung und Management der Risi-ken extremer Hochwasserereignisse in großen Flussgebieten – am Beispiel der Elbe. Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung (IÖR), Dresden.

Küpper, P., Küttner, L., Luther, J. & Strauß, C. (eds.)(2008): Erkennen - Steuern - Handeln: Antworten auf den demographischen Wandel. Räumliche Konsequenzen des demographischen Wandels, Teil 11. 10. Treffen des Jungen Forums der ARL vom 6. bis 8. Juni 2007 in Dresden.