Katharina’s passion revolves around questions on how societal change towards a sustainable and resilient society can be realised and supported through governance, innovation and research. Her background is in political sciences, cultural studies, environmental science and governance with a PhD in Social Sciences from Erasmus University titled ‘Transforming urban climate governance: capacities for transformative climate governance’ (read more). Her research areas include:
- Capacities for transformation governance in cities
- Climate governance at global, national and local levels
- Actors and actor roles in co-creation of long-term change processes
- Inter- and transdisciplinary transformation research and knowledge co-production
Katharina has been involved in various research projects, including EU-funded projects such as IMPRESSIONS, MUSIC and SUSTAIN that applied transition management for supporting national, regional and local transformation processes towards sustainability and resilience. She has also engaged in policy advice for the German Environmental Agency, for example through the projects From niche to mainstream and TRAFIS.
Current research projects
- Connecting Nature (2017-2022), EU H2020
- Water4Change (2019-2024), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and India Department of Science and Technology, Partnership Programme
- Klimaresilienz in Europa [Climate resilience in Europe] (2019-2022), German Environmental Agency
- Transformation to sustainable and resilient infrastructures (2019-2022), German Environmental Agency
For a full overview of Katharina’s publications, please visit or profiles on Researchgate or Google Scholar
Hölscher, K., Frantzeskaki, F., McPhearson, T., Loorbach, D. (2019). Capacities for urban transformations governance and the case of New York City. Cities, 94: 186-199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2019.05.037. Link.
Hölscher, K., Frantzeskaki, F., McPhearson, T., Loorbach, D. (2019). Tales of transforming cities: Transformative climate governance capacities in New York City, U.S. and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Journal of Environmental Management, 1(231): 843-857. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.10.043. Link.
Hölscher, K., Wittmayer, J.M., Avelino, F., Giezen, M. (2019). Opening up the transition arena: An analysis of (dis)empowerment of civil society actors in transition management in cities. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 145: 176-185. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2017.05.004. Link.
Frantzeskaki, N., Hölscher, K., Holman, I.P., Pedde, S., Jaeger, J., Kok, K., Harrison, P.A. (2019). Transition pathways to sustainability in greater than 2°C climate futures of Europe. Regional Environmental Change. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-019-01475-x. Link.
Hölscher, K., Wittmayer, J.M., Loorbach, D. (2018). Transition versus transformation: What’s the difference? Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 27: 1-3. DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2017.10.007. Link.
Tábara, J.D., Frantzeskaki, N., Hölscher, K., Pedde, S., Lamperti, F., Christensen, J., Berry, P., Kok, K., Berry, P., Jäger, J. (2018). Positive tipping points in a rapidly warming world. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 31:120-129. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.01.012. Link.
Frantzeskaki, N., Hölscher, K., Bach, M., Avelino, F. (eds.) (2018). Co-creating sustainable urban futures. A primer on applying transition management in cities. Springer: Tokyo. Link.
Hölscher, K., Avelino, F., Wittmayer, J. (2018). Empowering actors in transition management in and for cities. Understanding different roles in urban sustainability transitions. In: In: Frantzeskaki, N., Hölscher, K., Bach, M. and Avelino, F. (eds.). Co-creating sustainable urban futures. A primer on applying transition management in cities. Springer: Tokyo.
Hölscher, K. (2018). So what? Transition Management as a Transformative Approach to Support Governance Capacities in Cities. In: Frantzeskaki, N., Hölscher, K., Bach, M. and Avelino, F. (eds.). Co-creating sustainable urban futures. A primer on applying transition management in cities. Springer: Tokyo.