PD Kerstin Krellenberg, PhD habil.


PD Kerstin Krellenberg (PhD, habil.)
Guest Scientist

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

Kerstin Krellenberg

Dr. Kerstin Krellenberg

Areas of Expertise & Research

  • Urban Transformations
  • Climate change adaptation strategies in cities
  • Urban Risks and Urban Vulnerability
  • Participatory Processes and Transdisciplinarity
  • Megacities
  • Latin America, Turkey

Academic positions

Current Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Guest Scientist
Leibniz Institute of Ecologcial Urban and Regional Development, IÖR
Senior Scientist
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Senior Scientist
  04/2015-12/2016 Scientific Coordination of the Helmholtz Urban Research Initiative "System:City" at the UFZ
  06/2014-12/2016 Scientific Direction of the CLIST Project "Climate change response at the local level in Istanbul – Mutual learning among cities and actors"
  04/2013-03/2016 Scientific Direction of the CLAVE Helmholtz International Research Group "Climate change adaptation options in Santiago de Chile and other Latin American megacities - Urban vulnerability on local level" (Chilean/German cooperation)
  2014 Scientific Direction of the 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
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Postdoc in the DFG-Research Training Group 780/2 "Perspectives of Urban Ecology - Shrinking cities"
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Collaboration on the DAAD/PROALAR research project "Perspectives of urban ecology for the metropolis Buenos Aires"

Current Projects

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

Completed projects

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

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

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)

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)

Academic Education

Habilitation, Dr. rer. nat. habil., Leipzig University, Geography

PhD, Dr. rer. nat., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Geography

Diplom, Vechta University, Environmental Sciences


Published in 2019

Koch, F., Krellenberg, K., Reuter, K., Libbe, J., Schleicher, K., Krumme, K., ... & Kern, K. (2019). Wie lassen sich die Sustainable Development Goals umsetzen? Herausforderungen für Städte in Deutschland und die Rolle der Planung. disP-The Planning Review, 55(4), 14-27.

Krellenberg, K.
, Koch, F., Schubert, S., & Libbe, J. (2019). Einmal Transformation für alle, bitte! Kommunen, Stadtforschung, Forschungsförderung und die Umsetzung der SDGs. GAIA-Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 28(4), 337-341.

Krellenberg, K.
, Bergsträßer, H., Bykova, D., Kress, N., & Tyndall, K. (2019). Urban Sustainability Strategies Guided by the SDGs—A Tale of Four Cities. Sustainability, 11(4), 1116.

Academic Services

2017-2019 Head of DKN Future Earth Working Group "Urban Sustainability Transformations – Integrative Urban Research” (together with Prof. Dr. Florian Koch)
2017-2019 Head od DKN Future Earth Co-Desing Group "SDGs in Cities" (togehther with Prof. Dr. Florian Koch)
Since 2013 Member of Expert Group of the Urban Climate Change Research Network UCCRN
2016-2017 Member of Steering Board Urban Europe Research Alliance (UERA) of the Joint Programme Initiative Urban Europe
2013-2017 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
2014-2016 Member of Expert Group "Sustainable Urbanization" of the Partnership for European Environmental Research PEER
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'

Selected press releases


at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University of Leipzig, University Jena and TU Dresden