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


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)
  • Visiting researcher at the Wageningen University, Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing on the topic of environmental change and human migration in the tropics

Most recent ISI publications (till 2016 published under surname Neumann)

  • 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
  • Carter, S., Manceur, A., Seppelt, R., Hermans-Neumann, K., Herold, M., and Verchot, L. (2017): Large scale land acquisitions and REDD+: a synthesis of conflicts and opportunities" – In: Environmental Research Letters, vol. 12. to the article
  • Neumann-Hermans, K., Gerstner, K., Geijzendorffer, I., Herold, M., Seppelt, R. and Wunder, S. (2016): Why do forest products become less available? A pan-tropical comparison of drivers of forest-resource degradation. – In: Environmental Research Letters, vol. 11. to the article
  • Berg, M.v.d., Neumann, K., Vuuren, D.v., Bouwman, A.F., Kram, T. and Bakkes, J. (2016): Exploring resource efficiency for energy, land and phosphorus use: Implications for resource scarcity and the global environment. - In: Global Environmental Change, vol. 36, 21-34. to the article
  • Carter, S., Herold, M., Rufino, M.C., Neumann, K., Kooistra, L. and Verchot, L. (2015): Mitigation of agriculture-driven deforestation in the tropics: comparing land-sparing options at the national level. – In: Biogeosciences, vol. 12, 4809-4825. to the article
  • Neumann, K. and Hilderink, H. (2015): Opportunities and challenges for investigating the environment-migration nexus. – In: Human Ecology, vol. 43, 309-322. to the article
  • Neumann, K. and Hermans, F. (2015): What drives human migration in Sahelian countries? A meta-analysis. – In: Population, Space and Place, vol. 23. to the article
  • Neumann, K., Sietz, D., Hilderink, H., Janssen, P, Kok, M. and van Dijk, H. (2015): Environmental drivers of human migration in drylands - A spatial picture. – In: Applied Geography, vol. 56, 116-126. to the article
  • Frieler, K., Müller, C., Elliott, J., Heinke, J., Arneth, A., Bierkens, M.F.P., Ciais, P., Clark, D.B., Deryng, D., Doell, P., Falloon, P., Fekete, B., Folberth, C., Friend, A.D., Gellhorn, C., Gosling, S.N., Haddeland, I., Khabarov, N., Lomas, M., Masaki, Y., Nishina, K., Neumann, K., Oki, T., Pavlick, R., Ruane, A.C., Schmid, E., Schmitz, C., Stacke, T., Stehfest, E., Tang, Q., Huber, V., Piontek, F., Warszawski, L., Schewe, J., Levermann, A., Lotze-Campen, H. and Schellnhuber, H.J. (2015): A framework for the cross-sectoral integration of multi-model impact projections: land use decisions under climate impacts uncertainties. – In: Earth System Dynamics, vol. 6, 447-460. to the article
  • Rosenzweig, C., Elliott, J., Deryng, D., Ruane, A.C., Arneth, A., Boote, K.J., Folberth, C., Glotter, M., Müller, C., Neumann, K., Piontek, F., Pugh, T., Schmid, E., Stehfest, E. and Jones, J.W. (2014): Assessing agricultural risks of climate change in the 21st century in a global gridded crop model intercomparison. – In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), vol. 111, 3268-3272. to the article
  • Piontek, F., Müller, C., Pugh, T.A.M., Clark, D.B., Deryng, D., Elliott, J., Colón-González, F.J., Flörke, M., Folberth, C., Franssen, W., Frieler, K., Friend, A.D., Gosling, S.N., Hemming, D., Khabarov, N., Kim, H., Lomas, M.R., Masaki, Y., Mengel, M., Morse, A., Neumann, K., Nishina, K., Ostberg, S., Pavlick, R., Ruane, A.C., Schewe, J., Schmid, E., Stacke, T., Tang, Q., Tessler, Z., Tompkins, A.M., Warszawski, L., Wisser, D. and Schellnhuber, H.J. (2014): Multisectoral climate impact hotspots in a warming world. – In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), vol. 111, 3233-3238. to the article