Epistemische Mobilitäten und die Steuerung von Umweltrisiken in Inselstaaten Südostasiens (EMERSA)

Epistemische Mobilitäten

Michael Flitner (Projektleitung), Johannes Herbeck

09/2016 - 08/2019

DFG SPP 1889: Regional Sea Level Change and Society (SeaLevel)

Leibniz Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie (ZMT), Bremen




EMERSA (Epistemic Mobilities and the Governance of Environmental Risks in Island Southeast Asia) is a project funded by the German Science Association/Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)´s SPP 1889 Sea Level Change and Society initiative (Work Program C). It is implemented by the Leibniz-Center for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen (PI: Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge) and the Sustainability Research Center (artec) at the University of Bremen (PI: Prof. Dr. Michael Flitner).

The study explores how policy interventions and social practices, together with standardized ‘recipes’ and solutions for living with the effects of sea level change in coastal megacities that are often advocated by states, international donors, and civil society organizations are taken up, contextually translated, politically legitimized and at times re-circulated internationally by local actors.

By analyzing coastal megacities as laboratories for anticipatory un/re-learning for risk governance, the project contributes to new currents in transformation research and practice. It does so by exploring how diverse socio-natural knowledges and epistemologies (i.e. ways of sense-making and place-making), together with material infrastructures shape localized forms of perceiving and living with coastal change.



Michael Flitner


Universität Bremen
Forschungszentrum Nachhaltigkeit
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