Julius Rathgens

Dr. Julius Rathgens

Research Associate

Julius Rathgens is sustainability scientist and research associate in the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 since 2023. His research deals with the monitoring of the German Sustainability Strategy. Here, his focus is on transformation research of institutional frameworks, specifically the aspect of interdepartmental cooperation. Previously, he worked in the research project "Processes of Sustainability Transformation", funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. His PhD thesis was about the drivers and barriers of sustainability transformation in the global coffee sector with a special focus on climate change perceptions of coffee cooperatives in Uganda and situational constraints on sustainable consumption behavior of German consumers. Additionally, he worked at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg as a research assistant and coordinator of the module "Science produces - methodological knowledge".

  • Since 2023: Research associate in the project Science Platform Sustainability 2030
  • 2020-2023: Coordinator of the module "Science Produces - Methodological Knowledge" for interdisciplinary introduction to scientific methods at Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 2017-2020 PhD in the research project "Processes of Sustainability Transformation" funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung at Leuphana University Lüneburg (title: "Fairtrade - Going beyond Certificates)
  • 2014-2017 Master of Science: Sustainability Science at Leuphana University Lüneburg.
  • 2013-2014 Outdoor Educator at the Clemmie Gill School of Science and Conservation, Tulare County, California
  • 2010-2013 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Digital Medin/ Cultural Informatics at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
  • Transformation research
  • Methods of inter- and transdisciplinary research
  • Social-ecological systems research
  • Perception of social-ecological risks
  • Attitude-Behavior-Gap