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Leonie Reuter

Leonie Reuter

Institute of Geographical Sciences

Disaster Research Unit (DRU)

Research Associate

Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
12165 Berlin


  • M.A. Sociology (study focus on "Sustainability and Social Transformation") at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
    • Thesis in cooperation with the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW): "Understanding Youth Engagement in Climate Change Action: The Relevance of Social Patterns of Interpretation (‘soziale Deutungsmuster’) to Young People’s (De)Mobilization for Climate Action. A Qualitative Study"
  • 01/2020 - 06/2020: Study stay at Roskilde University, Denmark
  • 10/2013 - 07/2018: B.A. Cultural Studies at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
    • Thesis: "Corporate Responsibility as a Sustainable Spirit in Capitalism. On the Significance of Corporate Sustainability to the Legitimation of the Capitalist Economic System”
  • 01/2017 - 04/2017: Study stay at the University Bordeaux Montaigne, France


Academic Positions

  • Since 03/2022: Research Associate at the Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin
  • 05/2021 - 02/2022: Student Assistant at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
  • 04/2021 - 09/2021: Student Assistant at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • 10/2017 - 01/2018: Intern at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)
  • 10/2015 - 04/2016: Student Assistant at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Research interests

  • Social-ecological conflicts and crises, especially climate crisis
  • Collective climate-related knowledge
  • Climate movement participation
  • Sociology of Sustainability (Sustainability as a normative principle, evaluation criterion and discursive resource for criticism, justification and legitimation)
  • Qualitative research, especially analysis of social interpretative patterns (soziale Deutungsmuster)



Reuter, Leonie; Gossen, Maike (2021): Klimaschutzengagement junger Menschen. Zwischen individuellen Verhaltensweisen und kollektivem Aktivismus. In: Thema Jugend, 2021/3, pp. 18-22.