Short biography: Trained as geographer (PhD Kiel), Antje's work examines socio-political dimensions of environmental and resource governance in coastal zones and coastal cities. Her theoretical interests span political ecology, environmental studies and debates over development and sustainability transformations. Antje is holding a full professorship for Sustainable Development and Governance at Trier University where she is head of the research project WaterPower. Before she was assistant professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a member in the Integrative Research Institute on Transformation of Human-Environment Systems (THESys).
Short biography: Bernhard Truffer pioneered the field of the Geography of Transitions, emphasizing how environmental innovation and transition processes in different sectors may depend on resources that are located in and interconnected between different parts of the world. Conducting research across Western Europe, Australia, the US, China, as well as East and South Africa, Truffer’s research focuses on global innovation systems, regional industrial path creation, catching up of developing countries, transformations of basic infrastructure sectors and the upgrading of urban informal settlements in the Global South. Besides the industrial dynamics focus, he has a track record in strategic planning and foresight methods, as well as in neo-institutional approaches to socio-technical transition.