Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge

Prof. Dr Anna-Katharina Hornidge is Director of the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS),Professor at the University of Bonn and member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).

Research programme:Directors

Function: Director

Specialization: Development and Knowledge Sociologist

Work areas:

  • natural resources governance and sense-making
  • social construction of knowledges, social, political and ecological environments, risks and 'realities'
  • cultures of knowledge production and sharing, innovation development processes and science policy
  • mobilities, borders and boundaries
  • transformative science, inter- and transdisciplinarity

Responsibilities in education and training:

  • Professor for Global Sustainable Development, University of Bonn


Since 3/2020German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(until 6/2022 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
Since 3/2020University of Bonn
Professor for Global Sustainable Development
Since 3/2020German Advisory Council on Global Change
3/2016-02/2020Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)
Department Head
5/2015-02/2020Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)
Work Group Leader,: Development and Knowledge SociologyEntwicklungs- und Wissenssoziologie
5/2015-02/2020University of Bremen
Professor for Social Sciences in the Marine Tropics
8/2014-04/2015Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF)
Department Lead,"Political and Cultural Change"
2014University of Bonn
Habilitation in Development Politics
10/2006-07/2014Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF)
Researcher and Research Coordinatord "South- and Central Asian studies"
2003-2007Technische Universität Berlin und National University of Singapore
Dissertation in Sociology

Member of

  • Since 2024 Member of the Scientific Committee of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
  • since 2024 Member of the Scientific Committee of the ISPI - Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale
  • since 2024 Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)
  • since 2023 Member of the Foundation Development and Climate Alliance
  • since 2023 Member of the Advisory Board of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI), University Freiburg
  • since 2023 Member of the Lead Faculty, Earth System Governance Project (ESG)
  • since 2022 Member of the German Committee Future Earth (DKN)
  • since 2022 Member of the Steering Committee of the Transdisciplinary Research Area (TRA) 6 “Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Futures ” (University of Bonn)
  • since 2022   Deputy Chairwoman of the NRW Sustainability Advisory Board
  • since 2021   Member of Council of CASSIS - Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies, University of Bonn
  • since 2021   Member of the International advisory board of the Wuppertal Institut
  • since 2021   Chair of the Scientific committee of the German UNESCO Commission
  • since 2020    Member of the German UNESCO Commission
  • since October 2020 Member of German Advisory Council on Global Change
  • since 2020    Member of Steering Committee ‘Global Health Hub Germany (GHHG)’, GIZ Germany
  • since 2020    Member of the Academic Advisory Board ‘Susan Strange Young Scholar Award’, Centre for Global Studies, University of Bonn
  • since 2020    Member of Advisory Council ‘One Health’, Federal Ministry of Economic Coopera-tion & Development, Germany
  • since 2020    Co-Chair, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany)
  • since 2020    Jury Member, Green Talents-Award, BMBF
  • since 2020    Member of Steering Committee, Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research
  • since 2020    Member of Advisory Board, Exceed: Global Partnership Network,University ofKassel
  • since 2020    Member of Directoral Meeting, Center for Development Research,University ofBonn
  • since 2019    Director, International Ocean Institute (IOI) Center Germany (located at ZMT)
  • since 2018    Expert Advisor ‘Ocean Governance’, UN Ocean Science Decade, Opening Confer-ence, Fed. Min. of Education and Research, Germany
  • since 2018    Steering Committee, Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity, Oldenb.
  • since 2018    Adjunct Faculty, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • since 2017    Consortium of German Marine Sciences, Strategy Group ‘Marine Social Sciences and Humanities’
  • since 2018    Scientific Advisory Board, ERC-Grant: Transoceanic Fishers: Multiple mobilities in and out of the South China Sea
  • since 2017    Advisory Circle ‘Open Ocean/Mare:N’ to Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • since 2017    Director (1 of 7) & PI, VW: ‘Fiction meets Science’
  • since 2017    Scientific Advisory Board, VW: Grad. School ‘Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia’
  • since 2016    AcademiaNet, Bosch: Portal to Excellent Women Academics; nominated by Leibniz
  • since 2016    Scientific Chair & PI, EU COST: 'Ocean Governance for Sustainability. Options, Chal-lenges & the Role of Science'
  • since 2015    Leibniz Research Alliance 'Crises'
  • since 2009     Association of Southeast Asian Studies UK
  • since 2008    Sociology of Knowledge, German Association of Sociology
  • since 2007    European Association of Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS)
  • since 2007    German Association of Sociology
  • since 2004    German Society for Asia Research
  • 2016 – 2020    Jury Member,  Campus Prize ‘Forschen für Nachhaltige Zukunft’
  • 2015 – 2020    Chair (1 of 3),University ofBremen: ‘Worlds of Contradiction’, Area ‘Power in Contradiction’
  • 2016 – 2020    Speaker & PI, DFG: 'Epistemic Mobilities and the Governance of Risks in Island SEA'
  • 2019 – 2020    Lead Representative ZMT, Centre of Maritime Research, Amsterdam
  • 2018 – 2020    Expert Advisor, Fed. Govt. of Germany, RT ‘Ocean & Seas’: WG ‘Maritime Security’
  • 2018 – 2020    Affiliated Faculty, Socium Research Center of Inequality & Social Policy,University ofBremen
  • 2015 – 2020    Senior Fellow, Center for Development Research,University ofBonn
  • 2017 – 2019    Advisory Circle ‘Critical Friends’ of Excellence Cluster ‘Future Ocean’ Kiel
  • 2013 – 2018     PI, BMBF: BiomassWeb (1 Post-Doc, 3 PhDs)
  • 2012 – 2014/16    Scientific Coordinator & Co-PI, BMBF: Crossroads Asia - (25 Researchers; atUniversity ofBonn: 5 Post-Docs, 2 PhDs, 4 support staff)
  • 2012 – 2016    Executive Board Member, BMBF: Crossroads Asia
  • 2012 – 2015    Scientific Advisory Board of Bonn Asia Center,University ofBonn
  • 2012 – 2013     PI, Thyssen: Contested Knowledge: Educational Development in Post-Conflict Situa-tions (1 Post-Doc)
  • 2011 – 2014    PI, BMBF: Epistemic Cultures and Innovation Diffusion in post-soviet Southern Cauca-sus and Central Asia (1 Post-Doc, 1 support staff)
  • 2011 – 2014    PI, VW: Agricultural Knowledge Systems & Governance in Tajikistan (1 PhD, 1 M.A.)
  • 2008 – 2011     Scientific Coordinator Social Science Research, BMBF: Restructuring Land and Water Use in Khorezm Province, Uzbekistan (4 Post-Docs, 5 PhD Students, 1 Support Staff)
  • 2006 – 2010     Researcher, Diversity in the Straits of Malacca
  • 2006 – 2008     Scientific Coordinator, Research Group ‘Culture, Knowledge and Development’
  • 2006 – 2008     Scientific Coordinator, Disciplinary Doctoral Program Social Sciences

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces


External Projects

Supvervised PhD Scholarships