Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities

The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen belongs to the three universities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen, which from the University Alliance Ruhr (UAR).
The KWI promotes excellent interdisciplinary research in the humanities, social and cultural sciences and maintains close cooperations with regional and international partners. It conducts basic research on the principles of modern culture with regard to relevant questions of contemporary societies. At present the institute focuses on the thematic fields of cultures of the European in historical perspective (Europe),  cultural diversity of global citizenship (interculturality), cultural aspects of climate change (climate and culture), and civic participation (culture of participation). The KWI engages in civic education and outreach programmes by organizing public events and cooperations with cultural institutions as well as media.

Steven Engler (Ph.D.) is project leader in the Virtual Institute (VI) “Transformation – Energy Transition NRW” and works as a research fellow and board member at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen, Germany. Steven Engler graduated in Geography at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and successfully completed a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Development Management. Afterwards he worked as a research fellow at the Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development – ILS, Dortmund, at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Bochum, and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities. Steven Engler has completed a PhD with a focus on food insecurity and climate extremes at Giessen University in 2013. He currently holds the position of head of the research department “Culture of Participation” at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities. The department investigates the preconditions of successful deliberation and participation processes. The energy transition constitutes a core topic area of this research.

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Claus Leggewie (Prof. Dr.) is director of the Institut for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI) and CO-Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/ Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg. Since 2008 he is a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).

Johannes Euler studied political science, economics and philosophy in Berlin, Utrecht, Barcelona and Hamburg. He is engaged in the 'Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik' (Network for Pluralist Economics) and the Commons-Institut. Since november 2014 he is junior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen. In the context of the "Fortschrittskollegs NRW: Future Water", Johannes Euler writes his doctoral thesis in the field of water and governance, focusing on the question to what extent the social practice of Commoning (doing in common or together) can contribute to solving regional and global water conflicts.