Director Nodal Office Europe
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Christine Fürst is by training forest scientist (LMU Munich, 1998) and obtained her PhD as Dr. rer. silv. at TU Dresden in 2010. Since 2005, she started specializing in social-ecological systems research and develops since 2007 in an interdisciplinary process an integrated land use change modelling and impact assessment software platform, GISCAME. In 2013, she passed her habilitation at University of Bonn with venia legendi in Natural Resource Management. 2015, she moved to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research and moved then since 2016 first as interrim and later as full professor for Sustainable Landscape Development to Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, where she is currently executive director of the Institute for Geosciences and Geography. Christine funded the European Land-Use Institute in 2011 and established the European Nodal Office of GLP in 2012. She is currently engaged in the scientific board of Ecosystem Service Partnership and lead-author in the IPBES regional assessments, ECA region in chapters 5 and 6. Since 2015, she is president of the International Association of Landscape Ecology (international). Christine served in the context of Future Earth also in the development team of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus knowledge and action network. Her main research interests lay currently in integrative landscape modelling and impact assessment by means of a system of systems and in participatory decision processes in urban and regional spatial planning. Her regional research focus is laid beyond Europe in West-Africa and Latin-America.