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Lehrende 2018

Summer University 2018

Our scientific team


Programme directors

Dr. Wolfgang H. Serbser

Dr. Wolfgang H. Serbser


Wolfgang is Co-Founder of the European College of Human Ecology. He has studied fine arts at the University of Kassel, continued with sociology, politics, psychology and law at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. Graduated 1979 as Dipl. soz. at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. Doctor in philosophy at the Technische Universitaet Berlin in 1997.

Research fellow and assistant lecturer at the Technische Universitaet Hamburg-Harburg, the Technische Universitaet Dortmund and the Technische Universitaet Berlin in general sociology and in urban, rural and environmental sociology. Assistant professor for sociology and human ecology at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus. Since 2006 owner of a project and science consulting agency ProWB in Berlin.

Until 2017 he was treasurer and member of the executive board of the German society for Human Ecology. Since 2017 CEO and Academic Dean of the European College ofHuman Ecology. In 2004 Charter member of the Council for European Urbanism and member of the executive board of the homonymous German section since then. Since 2006 member of the board at large of the Society for Human Ecology.

Current main research topics are Human Ecology in the Chicago Tradition, New Curricula for Human Ecology Higher Education, Transdisciplinary Research and Bread & Peace @ Climate Change.

Prof. Jay Friedlander

Prof. Jay Friedlander


Jay holds an B.A. Colgate University 1990 and a M.B.A. Olin Graduate School of Business, 1997. He holds the Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at the College of the Atlantic. Jay founded the program and developed a sustainable business curriculum focusing on how building social, economic and environmental capital sparks innovation and creates competitive advantage. In addition Jay created the Hatchery, a sustainable enterprise incubator fostering growth of traditional and social ventures for academic credit.

Prior to joining College of the Atlantic, Jay was the chief operating officer for O’Naturals, Inc., a natural and organic fast-food restaurant group. O’Naturals was founded by Gary Hirshberg, the CEO of Stonyfield Farm, and board members included Peter Roy, a former President of Whole Foods Market. Jay has worked with senior executives of Fortune 500 companies. As a strategy consultant he developed and implemented global brand experiences and customer-centered growth strategies for clients including Citigroup and other industry leaders.

He has served in the Peace Corps in Mauritania; written an ecotourism business plan for a college in Costa Rica; broke fundraising records for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; counseled Native American students; and taught environmental education.


Programme co-directors

Dr. Parto Teherani-Krönner



Parto has worked as a lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture in the division of Gender & Globalization and is now a guest scientist at the Faculty of Life Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin. She holds a M.A. in Development and Rural Sociology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sociology. Since the early ‘90s she has established Women and Gender Studies in Rural Ares as a field of study in Germany. Her areas of research are the socio-cultural dimensions of sustainable development, the engendering of agricultural policy and the cultural ecology of meals and food security. She has conducted a number of field studies in Iran, Sudan and in Germany and has organized within the last decade international summer school programs in Omdurman, Sudan and Berlin, Germany with participants from countries in Africa and Asia. She is currently working on a research project about diversifying food systems in Kenya from a gender perspective. She is also currently a member of the scientific board of the German Society for Human Ecology.

Mealculture workshop: https://mealcultures.wordpress.com/

Parto at Humboldt University of Berlin: http://www.agrar.hu-berlin.de/en/instituten/departments/daoe/gg-en/nteam-en/formermembers/teherani-kroenner-en

Klaus Markus HofmannKlaus Markus Hofmann

Klaus Markus Hofmann is Co-Founder of the European College of Human Ecology. He studied Economy and Human Ecology and graduated as “Civilekonom” from Gothenburg University, Sweden 1980 and pursued post-graduate studies at Stuttgart University, Leipzig University and Stanford Graduate Business School, Palo Alto. He is Founder of NETWORK Institute, exploring sustainable Infraculture and commons and serves at Freiburg University as a guest researcher for Sustainability Research in the Upper Rhine Cluster and faculty for sustainable mobility. Since 2010 he is senior fellow at the Innovation Center for Mobility and Societal Change, InnoZ Berlin. Since 2017 he is CEO and Administrative Dean of the European College of Human Ecology.
Duane Phillips  
Duane Phillips Duane Phillips is an architect and the director of DPZ-Europe in Berlin, Germany. DPZ-Europe is a partnership of DPZ practitioners and collaborators who are committed to the skills and techniques of traditional urbanism. With a combined total of over 30 years of practice, DPZ Europe’s experience spans the history of the revival of traditional urbanist planning and design, including new towns and communities, redevelopment projects, and sustainable design. Duane earned his B. Sci. Arch. in 1980 at Pennsylvania State University, USA and his AA Dipl. in 1982 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK. He is a member Royal Institute of British Architects and is certified by Berlin Building Ministry (Architektenliste), Germany. Furthermore he is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, USA, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the German Architektenkammer in Berlin, Brandenburg and Thüringen.

Scientific assistants

Julie Schmidtsdorf


Julie Schmidtsdorf is a 23 year old Master student from Germany.

She is currently studying  in the international program “Environmental Planning” at the Technical University Berlin.

She is very interested in the topic of sustainable landuse, rural development, and landscape planning. During her studies at the University for Sustainable Development Eberswalden and at TU Berlin she has put a special focus on sustainable landuse planning and environmental impact assessment.

She participated in the summer program “The Future of Sustainable Food Development” in 2015 and since then joined the COHE team. She is looking forward to the porgram in Emmendingen and to work together with all different nationalities and regional partners.

Rebecca Coombs

Rebecca Coombs

Rebecca Coombs is currently an intern for the Energy & Environment Program at the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America and in this position supports a transatlantic and global dialogue on energy transitions. Her work prior to joining the Foundation has focused on the role of Germany, the United States, and China in transitioning to a sustainable energy system. In 2015, she conducted research in Germany on community energy transitions, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service and supported by the German Society for Human Ecology. In 2014, she worked on the Collaborative for Island Energy Research and Action (CIERA), an initiative to support energy transitions on islands in Maine after a study tour on a 100% renewable energy island in Denmark – Samso. Rebecca has lived in China and its Special Administrative Regions for almost 4 years combined; her time in China included collaborating on a study on waste and recycling systems at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, working on a start-up in Shanghai establishing a platform for environmental consultants in China, and studying at the Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong for two years. Rebecca holds a B.A. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Maine, class of 2014, and is fluent in German, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. In September 2016, she will begin working with Meister Consultants Group, a German-based international sustainability consulting firm in Boston.