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Theresa Zimmermann

Theresa Zimmermann

Disaster Research Unit (DRU)

Research Associate and PhD Candidate (Prof. Dr. Martin Voss)

Carl-Heinrich-Becker Weg 6-10
Room 21
12165 Berlin


10/2013 - 10/2016: Master of Arts in Environmental Policy and Planning at Technische Universität Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin; Master thesis: „Disastrous flood – Different Conceptualizations, meanings and impacts of the 2005 flood in Mumbai, India“

04/2012 - 07/2012: Design Thinking Study Program at Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Potsdam

10/2007 - 03/2012: Bachelor studies in Geography, Social Sciences and Agricultural Sciences at Humboldt Universität of Berlin

08/2009 - 06/2010: Student at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India (Centre for the Study of Regional Development)



Since 12/2016: Research Associate at the Disaster Research Unit (DRU) of Freie Universität Berlin

2018: Research Associate within the BMBF definition project “Integrated Disaster Risk Management and Involvement of Volunteers for Disaster Preparedness in Tehran” (REVISE)

07/2016 - 12/2016: Research assistant at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Project „Cooperation and participation process for the further development of the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change“

2012 - 05/2016: Freelancing, i.a. for The Urban Idea GmbH (i.a. Documentation of the EcoMobility World Festival 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa) and Ver.di (Study on Trends and Challenges of the German Water Sector)

04/2013 - 09/2015: Student assistant at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Berlin; assistant editor for “ÖkologischesWirtschaften”

07/2010 - 07/2011: Student assistant at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Studies (PIK) in the Megacity Project “Sustainable Hyderabad”

10/2008 - 07/2009: Student assistant at the Geography Department of Humboldt University of Berlin, Innovation Research

  • Environmental Policy and Planning, Climate change adaptation and disaster prevention
  • Social vulnerability and resilience
  • Social and political ecology
  • Urban development and transformation, focus South Asia
  • Qualitative research and participatory methods


Zimmermann, T. (2020): Towards the governmentality of risks and disasters? Urban floods and their mitigation in Mumbai. In: Geographien Südasiens 12, Extended Abstracts der 10. Jahrestagung des AKSA, S. 27-30.

Zimmermann, T. (2019): Exceeding the imaginable – changing perspectives on monsoon in Mumbai. In: Bremner, Lindsay (Hrsg.) (2019): Monsoon [+ other] waters. A Monsoon Assemblages Publication, London.

Zimmermann, T. (2019): Schutz vor Katastrophen in Städten. Eine soziale Herausforderung. In: WeltTrends, Nr. 148, Februar 2019.

Kuttler, T.; Zimmermann, T. (2016): Change the Way You Move! A Central Business District Goes Ecomobile. Jovis, Berlin.

Ver.di (Hrsg.) (2015): Wasserwirtschaft in Deutschland. Branchenanalyse, Trends und Herausforderungen. Berlin. (co-Autorin)

Zimmermann, T. (2014): Buchrezension zu Carl Death (Ed.): Critical Environmental Politics. In: Ökologisches Wirtschaften 3/2014, Industrial Ecology. Oekom, München.

Dijks, S., Grafe, F.-J., Hampel, M., Jarass, J., Kuttler, T., Thylmann, M., Zimmermann, T. (2011): Generation Nachhaltigkeit: Wann, wenn nicht wir? Tagungsband der Konferenz 2011. Berlin, Geographisches Institut der Humboldt-Universität Berlin.


Presentations / Workshops / Poster

Zimmermann, T. (2020): Towards the governmentality of risks and disasters? Urban floods and their mitigation in Mumbai. 10. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, 24.-25. Januar 2020, Freiburg.

Zimmermann, Theresa (2019): „Negotiating risk reduction: views from Mumbai“, Poster Presentation, Herrenhausen Conference on Extreme Events, October 9-11, 2019, Hannover.

Zimmermann, Theresa (2019): „Die soziale Konstruktion klimawandelbedingter Risiken in Mumbai und ihrer Minderung – internationale und lokale Perspektiven“, Presentation, Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, September 25-29, 2019, Kiel.

Zimmermann, Theresa; Voss, Martin (2019): Scrutinizing strategies for urban resilience and disaster risk reduction, Presentation, 4th World Congress on Disaster Management, Mumbai, 29.01.-01.02.2019.

Zimmermann, Theresa (2018): Understanding urban disasters – the 2005 floods in Mumbai. Poster Presentation, ninth Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, April 26-28, 2018, Bonn.

Zimmermann, Theresa (2018): Exceeding the imaginable – changing perspectives on monsoon in Mumbai? Paper Presentation, Monsoon [+Other Waters] Symposium, April 12-13, 2018, University of Westminster, London.

Kuttler, T.; Zimmermann, T. (2015): Contested Materialities: Urban modes of life of agricultural producers in Hyderabad and Chennai. Paper Presentation, AAG Annual Conference, April 21-25, 2015, Chicago.

Zimmermann, T.; Thylmann, M. (2014): Die monetäre Bewertung von Natur. Diskussionsworkshop an der 4. Internationalen Degrowth-Konferenz, September 2-6, 2014, Leipzig.

Zimmermann, T.; Amerasinghe, P.; Drechsel, Pay (2011): Farmer Perceptions on Economic Costs of Wastewater Irrigation in Hyderabad, India. Poster Präsentation auf dem Tropentag 2011, Development on the margin, October 5-7, 2011, Bonn.

Berlin Southern Theory Lecture