Katharina Hölscher (2015)

“Konrad von Moltke’s legacy provides inspiration to those who seek to ensure equal participation opportunities, create learning environments in which people can fundamentally reflect on their beliefs, values and assumptions, and contribute to empowerment by stimulating the re-definition of roles and responsibilities in the process of achieving a just and environmentally safe future. I believe that this spirit of co-creation of societal actors as well as the integration of different kinds of knowledge will be key to solve the pressing challenges human societies face today on global, national and local scales. I deeply admire Konrad von Moltke’s achievements in creating networked civil society institutions and working towards civil society empowerment.”

Katharina Hölscher is a PhD researcher at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, since 2014. She works on various projects that revolve around transition governance (especially in cities), transformation research and transdisciplinary research methods, transition management and climate change. In her PhD research Katharina focuses on governance strategies and capacities for navigating social-ecological transitions towards resilience and sustainability in the context of climate change. Her ultimate aim is to create new knowledge and learning for a better future as well as to inform policy-making practice. Her research results will feed into a transition management methodology that brings together various stakeholders to develop climate mitigation and adaptation pathways. The grant from the Konrad von Moltke Fund allows Katharina to carry out research on the climate governance of New York City. In collaboration with The New School she conducts interviews with policymakers, practitioners and researchers in New York City to better understand how diverse actors develop, implement and coordinate climate governance strategies and initiatives by identifying opportunities, generating and communicating knowledge and collaborating in networks on climate mitigation and adaptation.