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Institute of

LV Rural Studies

PD Dr. Jens Jetzkowitz

Jens Jetzkowitz

Institute of Rural Studies

Bundesallee 64
38116 Braunschweig
+49 531 596 5507
+49 531 596 5599



Involved in

ongoing projects

completed projects

    Work and research focus

    • Land use conflicts and land use governance
    • Sense-making in economy and society
    • Societal inequality and sustainable development
    • Interactions of social and ecological systems


    Additional informations

    • since 02/2022
      Senior Researcher (established post) at the Thünen Institute of Rural Studies
    • 04/2020-03/2021
      Interim professor for sociology and empirical social research at the University of Stuttgart
    • 10/2019-12/2021
      Head of the Biodiversity Policy Lab at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin/Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research
    • 02/2018-09/2019
      Senior Researcher at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin/Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science (research project “Towards a future sustainable world where climate, biodiversity, natural resources and human well-being are safeguarded”)
    • 10/2016-03/2017
      Interim professor for sociology, especially empirical social research at the Department of Sociology, Technical University Chemnitz
    • since 2016
      Privatdozent at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
    • 10/2015-09/2016
      Interim professor for methods of social research at the Department of Sociology, Philipps-University Marburg
    • 06/2014
      Habilitation at Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg. Venia legendi: sociology
    • 2013-2016
      Lecturer at the Chair of Methods of Empirical Social Research and Statistics at Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg (Prof. Dr. Udo Kelle)
    • 10/2012-09/2015
      Interim professor for economic and environmental sociology at the Department of Sociology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
    • 07/2012-09/2012
      Senior researcher at the Disaster Research Unit, Free University Berlin (research project “Alpine natural hazards in climate change – interpretive patterns and practices of 18.-21. century”)
    • 2009-2010
      Lecturer at the Institute for Social Sciences of the Humboldt University Berlin, teaching area "Comparative Cultural and Institutional Analysis" (Prof. Dr. Klaus Eder)
    • 07/2008-06/2012
      Post Doc at the Institute of Socio-Economics in the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e.V.; deputy head of a junior research group on “The relevance and innovative potential of civil society for payments for ecosystem and cultural landscape” (CIVILand)
    • 12/2006-09/2008
      Senior researcher at the Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Communication (INFU), University of Lüneburg. Coordination of the research project “Climate Trends and Sustainable Development of Tourism in Coastal and Low Mountain Range Regions”
    • 2005-2006
      Lecturer at the Department of Social Sciences, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main (Prof. Dr. Ulrich Oevermann) and at the Philipps-University Marburg, Institute of Sociology (Prof. Dr. Udo Kelle)
    • 2002-2005
      Co-head of the interdisciplinary project “Relations between the changes of ruderal plant communities in rural settlements and changing rural lifestyles”, together with the ecologist Dr. Stefan Brunzel, Philipps University Marburg
    • 1999-2005
      Research assistant at the Department of Sociology, Research Methods Group, Philipps Universität Marburg
    • 1998-2000
      Research assistant for the project “Temporal patterns of students” (Project manager: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Lüdtke, Philipps Universität Marburg)
    • 1996-1999
      Doctorate in Sociology under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Willy Wyniger (Additional reviewers: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Lüdtke and Prof. Dr. Karl-Fritz Daiber). Grade: Summa cum laude
    • 1996-1997
      Research assistant for the model project “Craft/Design/Technology (Arbeitslehre) for the blind” at the German educational institution for the blind (Project managers: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Lüdtke, Prof. Dr. Lothar Beinke)
    • 1989-1995
      Studies of Protestant Theology, Sociology, Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Marburg. Graduation: Master's degree with majors in Sociology and Protestant Theology
    • 1987
      Abitur at the Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium Lüdenscheid; acquisition of the general university entrance qualification

    Science Organisation

    • Section "Environmental and Sustainability Sociology" of the German Sociological Association (Member of the Board, Spokesperson)

    Advisory boards

    • Research Advisory Board of the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park
    • Member of the advisory board of the BMBF junior research group "Mentalities in flux: imaginaries and social structure in modern circular bio-based societies (flumen)" at the University of Jena

    Scientific policy advisory bodies

    • Lead Author of the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (2016-2019)
    • Master course "Advanced methods of quantitative and qualitative research", Winter trimester 2022, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg
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