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Dr. Anna Lena Bercht

Anna Lena Bercht

Institute of Geographical Sciences

Disaster Research Unit (DRU)

Associate Member

Curriculum vitae

since 2019: Post-Doc, Department of Geography, CAU Kiel (Writing Grant)

2018-2019: Project team member, management Deutsche See GmbH, Bremerhaven and CAU Kiel

2017-2018: Guest Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Stockholm University

2015-2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Stockholm University and Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin

2014-2015: Postdoctoral Researcher, HafenCity University Hamburg, University of the Built Environment and Metropolitan Development

since 2017, 2013-2015: Associated Researcher, Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin

2012-2013: Research Associate, DFG-SPP 1233 "Megacities - Megachallenge. Informal dynamics of Global Change (project phase III), Department of Geography, "CAU Kiel megacities-megachallenge

2011: PhD 0.7 („Stress experience, emotions and coping in Guangzhou, China. Person-environment transactions from a geographical and psychological perspective“)

2007-2011: Research Associaten, DFG-SPP 1233 (project phase I und II), Department of Geography, CAU Kiel megacities-megachallenge

since 2006: Studies of Psychology (second degree), CAU Kiel

2006: Diploma with Honours ("The impact of urban tourism on the quality of life in the historic district of Lübeck, Germany")

2004: Studies of Geography, Vienna University, Austria

2002-2006: Student Assistant, International Center, CAU Kiel

1999-2006: Studies of Human Geography (Minors: Psychology, Public Law) and Studies of Geography and English (Teaching Degree for Secondary School), CAU Kiel


Other academic activities

since 2018: Managing Editor of the academic journal DIE ERDE


Science prizes

2014: Dalberg Science Prize for Transdisciplinary Young Researchers

2013: Hans Driesch Science Prize for daring, innovative and interdisciplinary thinking


Fellowships and awards

2019: Writing Grant, Frederik Paulsen – Institut Minos

2017: Grant for Conference Attendance, Association for Sustainability Economics

2017: Grant for Conference Attendance, Diligentia Foundation for Empirical Research

2016: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Grant for Conference Attendance

2016-2018: Axel Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant, Stockholm

2015: Field Research Grant (Lofoten), Frederik Paulsen – Institut Minos

2015: Field Research Grant (Lofoten), Hamburg Süd-Gruppe

2015-2017: Post-Doc Research Grant, Fritz Thyssen Foundation

2012-2014: Mentee in the Mentoring Programme "via:mento“ for highly qualified female post-docs, CAU Kiel

2006: CAU Grant, Summer School, Zhejiang Universität, Hangzhou, China

2004: Erasmus Grant,Studies of Georgaphy, Vienna University, Austria

2002: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Grant, Internship, Nelson, New Zealand

Research interests

  • Interface between geography and psychology
  • Environmental and climate justice
  • Psychological barriers to climate adaptation
  • Coastal fisheries in the Arctic


Field research and research stays

02/2016-01/2018: Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Stockholm University

05-09/2015: Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Stockholm University

09-12/2015: Lofoten Islands, Norway

03-04/2015: Lofoten Islands, Norway

11/2012: Sun Yat-sen University, School of Geography and Planning, Guangzhou, China

02-03/2011: Sun Yat-sen University, School of Geography and Planning, Guangzhou, China

02-03/2009: Sun Yat-sen University, School of Geography and Planning, Guangzhou, China

09-11/2008: Sun Yat-sen University, School of Geography and Planning, Guangzhou, China

09-11/2007: Guangdong University of Technology, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Guangzhou, China

03/2007: Guangdong University of Technology, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Guangzhou, China

Research projects

See: https://www.stadtgeo.uni-kiel.de/en/team/dr.-anna-lena-bercht-1?set_language=en


Bercht, A. L. (2013):Stresserleben, Emotionen und Coping in Guangzhou, China. Mensch-Umwelt-Transaktionen aus geographischer und psychologischer Perspektive. Dissertation CAU Kiel. Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag (Reihe Megastädte und Globaler Wandel Band 8, 445 S.). Link

Book reviews

Tomoaki D. Imamichi in „Emotion, Space and Society" 2017, 24, 21-22. PDF

Annette Hillers-Chen in „Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie“ 2015, 59 (1), 73-75. PDF

Martin Böke in „Asien“ 2015, 135 (4), 118-119. PDF

Peter Weichhart in „Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Geographischen Gesellschaft“ 2014, 156, 397-398. PDF

Other publications

Bercht, A. L. (2019): Tackling climate inaction: How a social identity approach matters to climate communication. In: Wissenschaftsmanagement 24 (2) (accepted for publication)

Bercht, A. L. (2019): Sleepwalking into disaster? Understanding coping in the broader field of mental barriers. Examples from the Norwegian Arctic in the face of climate change. In: Kendra, J., S. G. Knowles und T. Wachtendorf (eds.): Disaster Research and the Second Environmental Crisis: Assessing the Challenges Ahead. Cham, Springer, 137-160. Link and PDF Chapter

Bercht, A. L. and R. Wehrhahn (2019): Urban transformations and differentiated resilience: Internal assets and modes of coping. In: Kraas, F., K. Hackenbroch, H. Sterly, J. Heintzenberg, P. Herrle and V. Kreibich (eds.): Megacities – Megachallenge. Informal Dynamics of Global Change. Insides from Dhaka, Bangladesh and Pearl River Delta, China. Stuttgart, Borntraeger Science Publishers, 122-124. LinkPDF Chapter and PDF Book

Bercht, A. L. and N. Wijermans (2018): Mind the mind: How to effectively communicate about cognition in social-ecological systems research. In: Ambio (online first). Link and PDF and SRC Research News

Bercht, A. L. (2017): No climate change salience in Lofoten fisheries? A comment on understanding the need for adaptation in natural resource dependent communities. In: Climate Change 144 (4), 565-572. Link and PDF

Bercht, A. L. (2014): Rezension zu Schmidt-Kallert, E. und P. Franke (2013): Livelihood Strategies of Multi-Locational Households in the People’s Republic of China. Essen, Klartext (Dortmund International Planning Series Band 61, 252 S.). In: Geographische Zeitschrift 102 (4), 250-252. PDF

Azzam, R., R. Strohschön, K. Baier, L. Lu, K. Wiethoff, A. L. Bercht und R. Wehrhahn (2014): Water Quality and Socio-Ecological Vulnerability Regarding Urban Development in Selected Case Studies of the Megacity Guangzhou. In: Kraas, F., S. Aggarwal, M. Coy and G. Mertins (eds): Megacities. Our Global Urban Future. Springer, 33-58. Link

Bercht, A. L. (2013):Resilience in the face of changing living conditions in Guangzhou, China – insights and perspectives from psychology. In: Erdkunde 67 (1), 63-74. Link and PDF

Wehrhahn, R., M. Helten und A. L. Bercht (2013): Politische Ökologie des Trinkwassers in Guangzhou: Akteure und soziale Verwundbarkeiten. In: Geographische Rundschau 65 (10), 38-45. Link

Bercht, A. L. (2013):Glurbanization of the Chinese megacity Guangzhou – image building and city development through entrepreneurial governance. In: Geographica Helvetica 68 (2), 129-138. PDF

Strohschön, R., K. Wiethoff, K. Baier, L. Lu, A. L. Bercht, R. Wehrhahn und R. Azzam (2013): Land use and water quality in Guangzhou, China: A survey of ecological and social vulnerability in four urban units of the rapidly developing megacity. In: International Journal of Environmental Research 7 (2), 343-358. PDF

Bercht, A. L. und R. Wehrhahn (2011): Urban restructuring processes in Guangzhou/China – the significance of emotion-focussed coping. In: Geographische Zeitschrift 99 (1), 50-64. PDF

Bercht, A. L. und R. Wehrhahn (2010): A psychological-geographical approach to vulnerability: the example of a Chinese urban development project from the perspective of the transactional stress model. In: Environment and Planning A 42 (7), 1705-1722. Link and PDF

Wehrhahn, R., A. L. Bercht, C. L. Krause, R. Azzam, F. Kluge, R. Strohschön, K. Wiethoff und K. Baier (2008): Urban restructuring and social and water-related vulnerability in mega-cities – the example of the urban village of Xincún, Guangzhou (China). In: Die Erde 139 (3), 227-249. PDF

Wehrhahn, R. und A. L. Bercht (2008): Konsequenzen der Weltmarktintegration für die mega-urbane Entwicklung in China. Das Beispiel Guangzhou/Perlflussdelta. In: Geographie und Schule 173, 18-27.