Dr. Friederike Gesing

Dr. Friederike Gesing

Senior researcher in the research area of Sustainable development and environmental governance

Acting Managing Director

Co-founder of the Bremen NatureCultures Lab


since 11/2017
Post Doc-Projekt "Nitrogen management in the making – Material practices and policies in Germany"

Senior researcher at ZenTra – Center for Transnational Studies, Working Group ZenTraClim: Climate Change and Transnational Policy / Transnational Networks in Climate Policy

Dr. phil., University of Bremen, Social Sciences, summa cum laude
Working with Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand: An Ethnography of Coastal Protection. Published by transcript (Bielefeld: 2016). Winner of the Bremer Studienpreis 2016.

Research assistant at the Department for Anthropology and Cultural Research at the University of Bremen

Research assistant in the research area of Sustainable development and environmental governance at artec

Visiting Research Fellow at the
Science, Technology and Society Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Doctoral candidate in the interdisciplinary international research training group
INTERCOAST (Integrated Coastal Zone and Shelf-Sea Research), co-organized by the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (University of Bremen) and the University of Waikato (NZ)

M.A. European Ethnology (Social and Cultural Anthropology) and Gender Studies at the Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Sussex (GB). Magister thesis: „Das Persönliche ist politisch“ revisited – Zum Mediendiskurs um einen Neuen Feminismus in Deutschland (with distinction)

Student assistant at genanet, focal point Gender – Environment – Sustainability, at the Chair for Public Law and Gender Studies at Humboldt University Berlin and at the 5th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education. Internships at Bündnis90/DIE Grünen NRW and at the archive of Ravensbrück Memorial


VGDH | Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen
dgv Commission "Europeanisation_Globalisation: Anthropology of Policy"
European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
Regionalgruppe Ozeanien, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie


Gesing, F. (2017). The New Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and the Politics of Municipal Climate Data, Bremen ZenTra Working Paper in Transnational Studies Nr. 71. Bremen: Center for Transnational Studies (ZenTra). Online https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2984761

Gesing, F. (2017). Ethnography and the Politics of Abstraction(s). Science as Culture, 26(1), 117-123. doi: 10.1080/09505431.2016.1238888

Gesing, F. (2017). Whose Beach, Which Nature? Erosion Control and the Coproduction of Coastal Naturecultures in Aotearoa New Zealand, in E. Dürr & A. Pascht (Hg.), Environmental Transformations and Cultural Responses: Ontologies, Discourses, and Practices in Oceania (S. 125-156). Palgrave Macmillan New York.

Gesing, F. (2016). Working with Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand. An Ethnography of Coastal Protection, Bielefeld: transcript. Online (open access version) http://elib.suub.uni-bremen.de/edocs/00105627-1.pdf

Wilmsen, F., & Gesing, F. (2016). The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) – A New Passage Point on an Old Road?, Bremen ZenTra Working Paper in Transnational Studies Nr. 68. Bremen: Center for Transnational Studies (ZenTra). Online https://ssrn.com/abstract=2874704

Gesing, F., Herbeck, J., & Klepp, S. (2014). Denaturalizing Climate Change: Migration, Mobilities and Space. artec paper 200.

Gesing, B. F. (2007). Politik machen und Brötchen kaufen. Frauenzeitschriften und die Konstruktion normativer Weiblichkeit im Bundestagswahlkampf 2005. In S. Scholz (Hg.), "Kann die das?" Angela Merkels Kampf um die Macht. Geschlechterbilder und Geschlechterpolitiken im Bundestagswahlkampf 2005 (S. 97-102). rls Texte Band 33. Berlin: Dietz. Online http://www.rosalux.de/fileadmin/rls_uploads/pdfs/Texte_33.pdf

Gesing, B. F. (2006). Fat Politics: Körpernormierung und Geschlechterkonstruktion im modernen Schlankheitsdiskurs. In GenderErträge (S. 206-222). Bulletin Texte 32/2006. Online httP://db.gender.hu-berlin.de/w/files/ztgbulletintexte32/bulletin_32_texte.pdf

Gesing, B. F. (2005). Glauben in Zeiten der Krise. Die Glaubensbiografie als Entwicklungserzählung. In S. Beck (Hg.), Alt sein, entwerfen, erfahren. Ethnografische Erkundungen in Lebenswelten alter Menschen (S. 55-73). Berlin: Panama-Verlag.