Jessica Reiter


Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Disaster Research Unit (DRU)

Research Associate

Field of Activity

Collaboration on the BMBF Projekt "INVOLVE: INitiate VOLunteerism to counter VulnErability" (Project Head: Prof. Dr. Martin Voss)

Address Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
Room 126
12165 Berlin
Telephone Sekr.: +49 (0)30 838 72611

Studies and Academic Positions

  • 01/2015 - Associate Researcher at the Disaster Research Unit (DRU) of the Freie Universität Berlin. Work on the project "INVOLVE: INitiate VOLunteerism to counter VulnErability"
  • 09/2009-12/2014 Freelance research for a variety of institutions, including: Nexus - Institute for Cooperation Managment and Interdisciplinary Research, Helmholz-Center for Environmental Research (UFZ-Leipzig), Disaster Research Unit at the FU Berlin, Adelphi Research GmbH (Core interests being: Strategies and Measures in Climate Adaptation, Volunteerism in Civil Protection (Disaster Management))
  • 08/2008–06/2009 Worked as a Diplomandin in the research project „Risk Habitat Megacity“ at the Helmholz-Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig/Santiago de Chile (wrote a thesis paper related to the project, titled "Vulnerabilität in the Face of Floods in Select Districts of Santiago de Chile" (Vulnerability to)
  • 10/2004-01/2005 Abroad research in Bolivia (The utilization of natural resources in Guaraní-Communities in Chaco)
  • 10/2002-12/2009 Studies in Geography (1.HF) at theHumboldt-Universität in Berlin
  • 04/2001-04/2008 Studies in Latin American Studies (2.HF) at the Freie Universität Berlin

Research Interests

  • Vulnerability and Resilience
  • Risk and Space in Cities
  • Strategies for Climate Adaptation
  • Volunteerism in Civil Protection and Disaster Management


  • Müller, A., Reither, J., and Weiland, U.: Assessment of urban vulnerability towards floods using an indicator-based approach - a case study for Santiago de Chile, Natu- Hazards Earth Sytem. Sci., 11, 2107-2123

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