Dr. Friederike Gesing

Senior Researcher with focus on Sustainable Development and Environmental Governance

Co-founder of the Bremen NatureCultures Lab

Member of the Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership 2019-2021

    • Policies and practices of nitrogen management
    • Qualitative reasearch
    • Environmental social science: Linking Science and Technology Studies (STS), cultural anthropology and more-than-human geographies
    • Naturecultures + more than human political ecologies
    • Coastal studies and climate change

    Gesing, F. (2019). The politics of artificial dunes: Sustainable coastal protection measures and contested socio-natural objects. DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin, 150(3), 145-157. PDF

    Gesing, F. (2019). Towards a more-than-human political ecology of coastal protection: Coast Care practices in Aotearoa New Zealand. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848619860751

    Gesing, F., Knecht, M., Flitner, M., & Amelang, K. (Hrsg.). (2019). NaturenKulturen: Denkräume und Werkzeuge für neue politische Ökologien. Bielefeld: transcript.

    Gesing, F., Knecht, M., Flitner, M., & Amelang, K. (2019). NaturenKulturen-Forschung – Eine Einleitung In F. Gesing, M. Knecht, M. Flitner, & K. Amelang (Hrsg.), NaturenKulturen: Denkräume und Werkzeuge für neue politische Ökologien (pp. 17–50). Bielefeld: transcript

    Gesing, F. (2019). Dünen schützen (für) Neuseeland: Weicher Küstenschutz als naturkulturelle Praxis. In F. Gesing, M. Knecht, M. Flitner, & K. Amelang (Hrsg.), NaturenKulturen: Denkräume und Werkzeuge für neue politische Ökologien (pp. 415–446). Bielefeld: transcript.

    Gesing, F. (2018). Transnational Municipal Climate Networks and the Politics of Standardisation: The Contested Role of Climate Data in the New Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. Politics and Governance, 6 (3), 126–135. DOI: 10.17645/pag.v6i3.1111 Pdf.

    Gesing, F. (2017). Weicher Küstenschutz in Neuseeland – mit der Natur arbeiten. In Gottfried Hempel, Irmtraut Hemel, & Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Hrsg.), Klüger nutzen – besser schützen – Bremer Forschung an tropischen Küsten. (pp. 107–109). Bremen: Edition Falkenberg.

    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 (p. 125–156). Palgrave Macmillan New York.

    Gesing, F. (2016). Working with Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand. An Ethnography of Coastal Protection, Bielefeld: transcript. Open access-Version online 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. (2006). Fat Politics: Körpernormierung und Geschlechterkonstruktion im modernen Schlankheitsdiskurs.  Bulletin Texte 18 (32): GenderErträge, 206-222.
    MIT LINK ZU: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=2ahUKEwiRvbHVj5zpAhWGCOwKHR-eAnYQFjAAegQIAxAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gender.hu-berlin.de%2Fde%2Fpublikationen%2Fgender-bulletin-broschueren%2Fbulletin-texte%2Ftexte-32%2Ftexte32pkt12.pdf&usg=AOvVaw1IgIwHfRhIGNqHJwjgGEXg

    Gesing, B.F. (2005). Politik machen und Brötchen kaufen. Frauenzeitschriften und die Konstruktion normativer Weiblichkeit im Bundestagswahlkampf 2005, in S. Scholz (Hg.), „Kann die das?“Geschlechterbilder und Geschlechterpolitiken im Bundestagswahlkampf 2005 (S.97-102). Berlin: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Texte 33.
    MIT LINK ZU: https://www.rosalux.de/fileadmin/rls_uploads/pdfs/Publ-Texte/Texte_33.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.

    since 11/2017
    PI, independent post doc project “Nitrogen management in the making – Material practices and policies in Germany

    Acting managing director of artec Sustainability Research Center

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

    PhD, University of Bremen (Social Sciences), summa cum laude. Dissertation: Working with Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand: An Ethnography of Coastal Protection, published with transcript (Bielefeld: 2016). Awarded Bremer Studienpreis 2016.

    Senior researcher at the Department for Anthropology and Cultural Research, University of Bremen, convenor of the Bremen NatureCultures Lab (BNCL)

    Researcher at artec, Working group “Global Change and Governance”

    Visiting Research Fellow at the Science, Technology and Society Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Working Group Prof. Sheila Jasanoff)

    Doctoral cadidate with the internationale interdisciplinary Research Training Group INTERCOAST (Integrated Coastal Zone and Shelf-Sea Research), University of Bremen/MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and University of Waikato (NZ), funded by the German Research Council (DFG)

    M.A. European Ethnology (Cultural Anthropology) and Gender Studies at Humboldt University Berlin and University of Sussex (GB). Magister Thesis: “Das Persönliche ist politisch” revisited – Zum Mediendiskurs um einen Neuen Feminismus in Deutschland [“The private is political” revisited – on the media discourse about new feminism in Germany] (with distinction)

    Student Assistant at (selection): genanet, Focal Point Gender – Environment – Sustainability, Humboldt University’s Chair for Public Law and Gender Studies (Prof. Dr. Susanne Baer, LL.M), 5th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education. Internships at the office for gender and women, Green Party NRW (Düsseldorf) and at the archives of Ravensbrueck Memorial Museum.


    • VGDH | Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen
    • dgv Commissson “Europeanization_Globalization: Ethnographies of the Political”
    • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
    • American Association of Geographers (AAG)
    • European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)


    University of Bremen
    Sustainability Research Center
    Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 7
    28359 Bremen