Susanne Gerstberger

Susanne Gerstberger, Dipl.-Ing.

  • Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
    Postfach 3640
    76021 Karlsruhe

Fields of work

  • Sustainable urban development strategies (in the context of UNESCO biosphere reserves)
  • Designing urban transformation based on nature-based solutions (NbS)
  • Urban metabolism, co-habitation and human nature
  • Design-based research (DbR) in the context of university teaching (LhF) as a transformative research method
  • Designing innovative and transformative teaching, learning and educational processes

Current projects

  • Scientific coordinator of Basic Project Sustainability at KIT

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Professional background

since 2024 Scientific staff member at ITAS, Research group “Karlsruhe Transformation Center for Sustainability and Cultural Change”
2024 PhD at KIT on the topic “Biosphere + City. The 'Man and Biosphere Program in Process' for researching urban transformation processes under the premise of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve - An action plan for the urban transformation strategy: BiosphereCITY. Case Study: Arrecífe (Lanzarote, Spain)”
2014 - 2024 Research assistant at the KIT at the Institute of Urban and Landscape Design, Chair of Landscape Architecture with teaching activities in Europe, South America and Asia
2002 - 2013 Activities as an architect at the interface between urban planning and landscape architecture
2002 Dipl.-Ing. (arch) at TU Karlsruhe (today Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Selected publications

Gerstberger, S. (2019)
DIESE NATUR! 2.0 EcoID:Landschaft als urbane Identität. #1+2. DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000129801

Gerstberger, S. (2019)
Das UrbanLab:Arrecife als architekturwissenschaftlicher Beitrag zur Erforschung transformativer Prozesse im urbanen Kontext. IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2019, 24th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 199-208.ISSN 2521-3938

Gerstberger, S. (2016)
Lp(R)evolution: A City on the Way to the Future Las Palmas: ParkCity. Proceedings of the Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 39. DOI: 10.7275/fabos.618