K. Hermans
Foto: A. Künzelmann

Dr. Kathleen Hermans (née Neumann)

Head of research group

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Department Computational Landscape Ecology
Permoserstraße 15
D-04318 Leipzig

fon +49 (0)341 235 4754
fax +49 (0)341 235 1939



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Research interests

  • Socio-ecological systems
  • Environmental change and rural livelihoods
  • Human mobility
  • Land use/ land cover dynamics

Current positions

  • Head of the MigSoKo research group at the Department Computational Landscape Ecology (CLE) at UFZ aiming to understand the causalities between environmental change and human migration in the tropics (Ethiopia as case study)
  • Lecturer at the Institute of Geosciences and Geography, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Halle, Germany

Previous positions

  • 2014 – 2016 Postdoc, Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University (the Netherlands)
  • 2012 – 2014 Postdoc, Sociology of Development and Change group, Wageningen University (the Netherlands)
  • 2010 – 2013 Research associate, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) (the Netherlands)
  • 2006 – 2010 PhD candidate at Wageningen University (the Netherlands), thesis entitled 'Explaining agricultural intensity at the European and global scale'.
  • 2003 – 2006 Research assistant, Department of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany)

Most recent ISI publications

  • Hermans, K. & R. McLeman (2021): Climate Change, Drought, Land Degradation and Migration: Exploring the linkages. – In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. (50). to the article
  • Groth, J., Hermans, K., Wiederkehr, C., Kassa, E., and Thober, J. (2021): Investigating environment-related migration processes in Ethiopia – A participatory Bayesian network. – In: Ecosystems and People, vol. 17 (1). to the article
  • Groth, J., Ide, T., Sakdapolrak, P., Kassa, E., & Hermans, K. (2020). Deciphering interwoven drivers of environment-related migration–A multisite case study from the Ethiopian highlands. – In: Global Environmental Change, vol. 63, 102094. to the article
  • Wiederkehr, C., Schröter, M., Adams, H., Seppelt, R. and Hermans, K. (2019): How does nature contribute to human mobility? A conceptual framework and qualitative analysis. – In: Ecology and Society, vol. 24 (4). to the article
  • Hermans, K. and Ide, T. (2019): Advancing Research on Climate Change, Conflict and Migration. – In: Die Erde, vol. 150(1), 40-44. to the article
  • Hermans, K. and Garbe, L. (2019): Droughts, livelihoods and human migration in Northern Ethiopia. – In: Regional Environmental Change, vol. 19(4), 1101-1111. to the article
  • Radel, C., Jokisch, B., Schmook, B., Carte, L., Støen, M., Hermans, K., Zimmerer, K. and Aldrich, S. (2019): Migration and displacement as features of land system transitions. – In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 38C, 103-110. to the article
  • Jaeger-Erben, M., Kramm, J., Sonnberger, M., Völker, C., Albert, C., Graf, A., Hermans, K., Lange, S., Santarius, T., Schröter, B., Sievers-Glotzbach, S. and Winzer, J. (2018): Building Capacities for Transdisciplinary Research. – In: GAIA, vol. 27 (4), 379-386. to the article
  • Wiederkehr, C., Beckmann, M. and Hermans, K. (2018): Environmental change, adaptation strategies and the relevance of migration in Sub-Saharan drylands. – In: Environmental Research Letters, vol. 13(11). to the article
  • Thober, J., Schwarz, N. and Hermans, K. (2018): Agent-based modeling of environment-migration linkages: A review. – In: Ecology & Society, vol. 23(2), 41. to the article
  • Doelmana, J., Stehfest, E., Tabeau, A., Meijl, H.v., Lassaletta, L., Gernaat, D., Hermans, K., Harmsen, M., Daioglou, V., Biemans, H., Sluis, S.v.d. and Vuuren, D.v. (2018): Exploring SSP land-use dynamics using the IMAGE model: Regional and gridded scenarios of land-use change and land-based climate change mitigation. – In: Global Environmental Change 48, 119–135. to the article
  • Cord, A., Bartkowski, B., Beckmann, M., Dittrich, A., Hermans-Neumann, K., Kaim, A., Lienhoop, N., Locher-Krause, K., Priess, J., Schröter-Schlaack, C., Schwarz, N., Seppelt, Sr., Strauch, M., Václavík, T., Volk, M. (2017): Towards systematic analyses of ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies: Main concepts, methods and the road ahead. – In: Ecosystem Services, vol. 28, part c, 264-272. to the article
  • Neumann-Hermans, K., Priess, J. and Herold, M. (2017): Human migration, climate variability, and land degradation: hotspots of socio-ecological pressure in Ethiopia. – In: Regional Environmental Change, 1-14. to the article