Dr. Katharina Schleicher

Katharina Schleicher Photo: Hosenfeld

Email: katharina.schleicher

Curriculum Vitae

Since August 2020, Katharina Schleicher is a senior researcher working for Prof. Dr. Töller at the Sachverstängenrat für Umweltfragen (SRU, The German Advisory Council on the Environment) on policy research and environmental politics. In addition to environmental policy, her research focuses on participatory forms of research (transdisciplinarity and citizens’ research, among others) as well as concepts and indicators of welfare.


2015–2020 Researcher and scientific coordinator at the Zentrum für Transformationsforschung und Nachhaltigkeit (transzent) of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal
2014–2015 Visiting researcher in the research department Transdisziplinäre Konzepte und Methoden at the Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung
2013–2014 Research assistant at the Global and European Studies Institute and the Center for Area Studies of the Universität Leipzig
2014 Intern at the reserach department Stadtsoziologie at the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ), Leipzig
2010–2012 Student assistant at the Chair for empirical social research at the Universität Konstanz


2015-2020 Doctoral student at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal in Political Science; dissertation title: „Etablierung alternativer Wohlstandsmaße in Wuppertal. Charakteristika und Potenzial transformativer Forschungsprojekte“
2012–2014 MA in Global Studies (Erasmus Mundus Master, Roskilde University and Universität Leipzig)
2013 Summer school of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (Oxford University) in Managua (Nicaragua) on calculating multidimensional poverty indices
2008–2012 BA in Sociology and Law (Universität Konstanz)

Teaching Appointments

2020 BA seminar Economics: Scientific research and methods. Cusanus Hochschule
2019 BA seminar Political Science: Theoretical foundations of economic and environmental politics. Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

BA seminar Political Science: NGOs in environmental and climate politics. Lokal, europäisch, global. Bergische Universität Wuppertal.


BA seminar Political Science: Sustainability politics in the international multi-level governance system. Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

Additional Qualifications and Memberships

2019 Teaching certificate in higher education „Professional Teaching Competence for Universities“
2020 Certificate „Quality Management in University Education“

Research Interests

  • Environmental politics
  • Sustainability research
  • Concepts and indicators of welfare
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Approaches of participatory research, especially transdisciplinarity and citizens' research


Schleicher, Katharina; Schmidt, Constanze (2020): Citizen Science in Germany as Research and Sustainability Education: Analysis of the Main Forms and Foci and Its Relation to the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability 12(15), 6044, doi: 10.3390/su12156044.

Koch, Florian; Krellenberg Kerstin; Reuter, Klaus; Libbe, Jens; Schleicher, Katharina; Krumme, Klaus; Schubert, Susanne; Kern, Kristine (2019): How can the Sustainable Development Goals be implemented? Challenges for cities in Germany and the role of urban planning. disP - The Planning Review, 55(4), 14-27, doi: 10.1080/02513625.2019.1708063.

Rose, Michael; Schleicher, Katharina; Maibaum, Katrin (2017): Transforming Well-Being in Wuppertal: Conditions and Constraints. Sustainability 9(12), 2375, doi: 10.3390/su9122375.

Haake, Hans; Ludwigs, Kai; Schleicher, Katharina (2017): Neue Indikatoren für Städte: Glücklich in Wuppertal, eine App für Glück, Wohlstand und Beteiligung. In: Transforming cities, 2 (2017), 3, 21-23.