Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge

Photo: Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge is a Development and Knowledge Sociologist and Director of the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

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

Member of

  • 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