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Guest Researchers

Through our Guest research program, funded by the LMK Foundation, the Institute's Themes are given the opportunity to link international researchers to their work. All guest researchers work on site at the institute and contribute to our Themes with their time and expertise. Since 2009, more than forty scholars and scientists from all over the world have taken part in the programme.

Guest researchers between 2010-2019




The Air we Breathe 2.0
Camilla Geels

Domestication 2.0
Philip Howard

Hydrosolidarity 2.0 
Kaveh Madani

Energy Justice 2.0 
Brototi Roy, Sofia Avila



In Search of Search
Dirk Lewandowski

Artem Biblin

The Future of Human Rights
 Bhupinder Chimni



Tim Crews, Research Director, The Land Institute, Agro-ecology, perennial cropping systems, Salina, Kansas

Harriet Friedman, Professor Emerita of Sociology, Sociology of food systems, food regimes, University of Toronto, Canada, 

Urban Creativity
Ilaria Hoppe, Professor, Head at the lnstitute of Contemporary Arts and Media, Department of Art History of the Catholic Private University, Linz

Annette Markham, Professor MSO, lnformation Studies & Digital Design, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, Denmark  

David Pinder, Professor of Urban Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark

Andreas Philippopulous – Mihalopoulus, Professor of Law & Theory at the University of Westminster, London, and Director of The Westminster Law & Theory Lab.

Protein Shifts
Don Stull, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Kentucky

Jeffery Hearn, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Management & Organisation, Hanken School of Economics, Finland


The Air in African Cities

Michael Jerrett, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA

Slow Light

Francois Ramaz, Associate Professor in Physics, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, Paris (ESPCI)

Jan Harms, PhD in Physics, Assistant Professor (RTDb) Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy

Vitaly Kuzkin, PhD Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering RAS, St.Petersburg, Russia

Krishna Mohan Rupavatharam, Senior Research Scientist, Department of Physics, Montana State University 

The Nature of Peace

Florian Krampe, PhD in Peace and Conflict Research. Research School for International Water Cooperation, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University

Ranja El-Masri, PhD in Forestry. Regional coordinator, Acknowl-EJ (Academic-Activist Co-Produced Knowledge for Environmental Justice), PhD, Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, American University of Beirut, University of Balamand, UNDP Regional Centre in Cairo

Social Innovation                                       

Gilda Farrell, Head of Social Cohesion, Research and Early Warning Division, Council of Europe

Balaji Parthasarthy, Professor, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore


Christine Borgman, Distinguished Professor, Presidential Chair of Information Studies, UCLA

Anne Beaulieu, Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies, University of Groningen

Michael Witt, Associate Professor, Computer science, Distributed Data Curation Center, Purdue University

Matthew Bietz, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine



Energy Justice
Alevgul Sorman, Researcher at the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3) and an affiliated researcher at ICTA, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Desta Mebratu, Professor, PhD in Engineering, fellow at the University of Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies and former Deputy Regional Director of UNEP Regional Office for Africa

A Plurality of Lives
Klara Anna Capova, PhD in Anthropology of Science, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton  

Work and Organization in the Digital Age
Melissa GreggPhD in Cognitive/Experimental Psychology, Principal Engineer in User Experience Research, Intel, Portland

Annual report
Rudi Palmieri,  Lecturer in Strategic Communication, PGT lead and director of MSc Strategic Communication (UniLiv in London), Department of Communication and Media School of the Arts, University of Liverpool
Marlies Whitehouse, Research Associate, ZHAWSchool of Applied Linguistics, Switzerland
Alon Lischinsky, Senior Lecturer in Communication & Discourse, Oxford Brookes University



Exploring Challenges for New Big Science
Catherine Westfall, Assistant Professor, American Studies, History of Science and Technology, Michigan State University

Stefania Barca, PhD in Economic History, Senior Researcher at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal


Katherine Clegg Smith, Associate Professor, Health, Behaviour and Society, John Hopkins University

The Credit Society
Elaine Kempson, Professor Emerita, Director of Personal Finance Research Centre, University of Bristol
Christian Poppe, Researcher, Debt- and Payment Problems/ Credit Society. National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO) Oslo, Norway



Tord Kjellström, Professor, Med Dr. Health and Environment International Trust, Mapua, Nelson, New Zealand

Healthy Indoor Environments
Pawel Wargocki, Associate Professor at Technical University of Denmark
Sustainabe Welfare
Kate Soper, Professor in Philosophy, Institute for the Study of European Transformations, London Metropolitan University



The Animal Turn
Annie Potts, Associate Professor, Centre for Human-Animal Studies, University of Canterbury
Richard Taylor, Professor of Physics, Physics Department, University of Oregon

Deborah Halbert, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa



Kaveh Madani, PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Assistant Professor at University of Central Florida, University Of California, Davis
Bioinspired Energy Conversion
Juan Parrondo, Professor of Physics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain 

The Generational Goal
Kirsten Gram-Hanssen, PhD in Civil Engineering, Professor at Danish Building Research Institute, Department of Town, Housing and Property, University of Aalborg 



All Activities, especially Black Carbon
Susan Paulson, Professor in Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, Miami University

Legitimizing ESS            
Sharon Traweek,  Professor in History and Women’s Studies, UCLA



The Global Economy
Markku Sippola, PhD in Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä

Bruce Fouke, Professor in Geology and Microbiology, Department of Geology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Eric Gaidos, Professor in Astrophysics, Department of Earth Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa



Meet our guest researchers

Meet the DATA themes guest researchers, Dr. Anne Beaulieu,Matthew Bietz and Michael C. Witt and hear them present themselves and their work.

Theme DATA: Guest Researcher Dr Anne Beaulieu

Theme DATA Guest Researcher Matthew Bietz
Theme DATA: Guest Researcher Michael C Witt

Guest researcher portraits

Melissa Gregg - a former gender studies professor in Silicon Valley

Melissa Gregg worked as a guest researcher withing the Digiworks Theme in 2017. In this short interview, she tells us about her background and research interests ahead of her stay at the Pufendorf IAS.

Read the interview here

"I am Interested in Seeing the Principles of Library Science Applied to Research Data Curation." Guest Researcher Michael C Witt

Michael C. Witt is an Associate Professor of Library Science at Purdue University in USA. In 2017 he was a guest researcher within the DATA Theme at the Pufendorf IAS.

Read the interview here

"The Most Important Thing for Me is Curiosity About the World." Guest Researcher Balaji Parthasarathy

Balaji Parthasarathy works at the International Institute of Information Technology in Bangalore, and has a keen research interest in technological change and innovation policy, information and communication technologies for development, and regional economic development. in 2017, Balaji Parthasarathy was a guest researcher with the theme Social Innovation. 

Read the interview here