THESys Graduate Program - Transformations of Human-Environment Systems

Natural SciencesEarth and related environmental sciencesAgricultural SciencesAgriculture, forestry, and fisheriesSocial SciencesEconomics and businessSociologySocial and economic geographyHumanitiesPhilosophy, ethics and religion

The THESys Graduate Program is the doctoral program of HU’s Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys). It is organized by the institutes and faculties of HU that collaborate in the IRI THESys together with regional partners, e.g. PIK (Potsdam), IAMO (Halle), IGB (Berlin).


The THESys Graduate Program offers doctoral candidates an ideal environment for doctoral research within the scientific scope of IRI THESys. Research at IRI THESys focuses on the use of land and resources, urbanization in the 21st century, climate change impact as well as intra-/intergenerational environmental justice. Scientists at IRI THESys come, for example, from agricultural economics, social anthropology, geography, philosophy, physics or economics.

The THESys Graduate Program is open to all doctoral candidates from institutions involved in IRI THESys on application. The guiding principle behind doctoral research in the program is to foster disciplinary depth embedded in an interdisciplinary context. Thus, the curriculum covers modules on developing interdisciplinary competencies, deepening disciplinary specialization, entering new disciplines and training key competencies. Moreover, the program offers its students summer schools and access to travel funds.

doctoral programme graduate programme organized Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin urbanisation specialisation Prof. Dr Patrick Hostert Prof. Dr Martin Odening Kathrin Klementz Dr Sebastian van der Linden

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Patrick Hostert
Prof. Dr. Martin Odening
Coordinator: Kathrin Klementz
Dr. Sebastian van der Linden
HU Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 209366346
Deadlines: 16th February 2020
Places: 20
Scholarships: none