Prof. Ulli Vilsmaier is professor for transdisciplinary methods at Leuphana University Lüneburg. Her research interests include the epistemological and methodological foundations and methods of inter- and transdisciplinary research. Application areas include regional sustainable development, energy regions and regional climate adaptation processes.
Prof. Daniel Lang is professor of transdisciplinary sustainability research at Leuphana University Lüneburg. His research interests include the development of the theoretical, methodological as well as procedural foundations of sustainability science and the cooperation and mutual learning between different scientific disciplines and between science and society.
Manfred D. Laubichler
Prof. Manfred D. Laubichler is President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology at Arizona Sate University and a Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He is also a Visiting Professor at Leuphana University. His research interests include the theory of complex adaptive systems, innovations in biology, society and technology and the conceptual and historical foundations of science.
Erich Hörl is Full Professor of Media Culture at the Leuphana University of Lueneburg. He is also Senior Researcher at Leuphana’s Digital Culture Research Lab (DCRL). He is a member of the DFG-Research Group „Media and Participation. Between Demand and Entitlement“. His research interests cover the history and theory of cyberneticization of all forms of life and modes of existences as well as the development of a technoecology respectively of a general ecology of media and technology. He publishes widely about the history, the problems and the challenges of the technological condition.
Jeremias Herberg is a sociologist of science and technology at Leuphana University Lüneburg. His postdoc research traces the epistemological roots of transdisciplinarity in the history of cybernetics and the so-called information age, and investigates the collaborative use of technological artifacts in the transdisciplinary sustainability sciences. The forthcoming doctoral thesis elaborates on the institutional complexities and organizational consequences of the ongoing trend towards a regionalized and employment-oriented science and technology education. More generally, he is interested in the perpetuating role and transformative potential of education and research in the nexus of capitalism and sustainability.
Guido´s work is mostly in the history of science and epistemology. In 2010, he earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Florence (Italy) while working in different academic communities mostly in Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States. In January 2016 Guido obtained a second PhD, this time in biology, from the Center for Biology and Society at Arizona State University (USA). Guido´s interests revolve around three main areas: (1) Epistemology of transformational sustainability science, with a focus on forms of experimentation; (2) Internationalization of the curriculum in higher education for sustainability; (3) History and epistemology of evolutionary biology, with a focus on our understanding and functioning and evolution of complex bio-social systems, such as insect societies
Further he is interested in the relations between post-system models and the changing collective imaginaries of control. In his doctoral thesis he treated mobile media, protests and surveillance as transversal relations of governmentally and modalities of neoliberalism (Surveillance & Society book award in 2014). Pertinent publications include: Lina Dencik, Oliver Leistert(eds.): Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest. Between Control and Emancipation. London: Rowman & Littlefield 2015, and: “Mobile Phones Signals and Protest Crowds: Performing an Unstable Post-Media Constellation”. In: Timon Beyes / Martina Leeker / Imanuel Schipper (eds.): Performing the Digital. Performance Studies and Performances in Digital Cultures. Bielefeld, transcript 2016.
Isabell Schrickel is a PhD candidate at the Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation (Leuphana University / Arizona State University). She studied Media Theory, Art History and Journalism at Humboldt and Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Basel. In 2010 she received her master’s degree with a thesis on the media history of weather forecasting. From 2011-2013 she worked as a research associate at Technische Universität Berlin and in 2013 she began her thesis on the history of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) at MECS. She organized the MECS Annual Conference Dealing with Climate Change – Calculus & Catastrophe in the Age of Simulation in June 2015. She teaches at Humboldt and Leuphana University. From April to October 2017 she will be a visiting fellow at the Harvard Department of the History of Science.
In her PhD project Esther analyzes the entanglements of (transdisciplinary) Sustainability Science with a hegemonic discourse of sustainable development characterized by concepts in (political) economics. Object of investigation is the problematique constitution of scarcity. In her former work at the Center for Methods and Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research at Leuphana University Luneburg Esther engaged in transdisciplinary research, teaching and learning in Sustainability Science. She studied inter- and transdisciplinary programs of Philosophy & Economics in Bayreuth, and Sustainability Science in Luneburg.
Gregor Schmieg is pursuing a PhD project in the CCP research area knowledge and media history of complexity associated with Prof. Manfred D. Laubichler. My general research interests lie in the fields of systematic philosophy, philosophical anthropology and a general theory of relations and relational structures.
I take a particular philosophical interest in the history of vitalism since antiquity and its relation to the history of theoretical biology and logic since the 19th century. On this background I investigate philosophical pathways into sustainability and complexity theory.