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Prof. Dr. Christian Albert

Photos: Julian Martitz

Dr. Christian Albert is Junior Professor for Landscape Planning and Ecosystem Services at the Institute of Environmental Planning of Leibniz Universität Hannover and Visiting Researcher at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Department Environmental Politics, Leipzig. Christian holds Dr.-Ing.(~PhD) and Dipl-Ing. (~MSc.) degrees in Environmental Planning from Leibniz Universität and a Master in Design Studies Degree in Landscape Planning and Ecology from Harvard University. Within PlanSmart, Christian is responsible for the overall coordination and the project II.1 Transdisciplinary planning.

Contact: Telephone: +49 (0) 511 762 17949               E-Mail: albertumwelt.uni-hannover.de

Research interests

  • Theory and methods of landscape and spatial planning, regional governance
  • Ecosystem services and nature-based solutions
  • Spatial adaptation to climate change
  • Sustainability science, science-policy interfaces, social learning

Academic profiles


 Professional experience

  • since 2016: Junior Professor in Landscape Planning and Ecology at Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • 2012-2015: Postdoc at Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Department Environmental Policy
  • 2010 – 2016: Researcher and lecturer at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institute of Environmental Planning.
  • 2006, 2009, 2010: Teaching fellow/visiting lecturer at Harvard University, Leuphana University Lueneburg, University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck

Recent publications

La Rosa, D. Geneletti, D., Spyra, M., Albert, C. (2017): Special issue on sustainable planning approaches for urban peripheries. Landscape and Urban Planning, 165, 172-176.

Albert, C., Neßhöver, C., Schröter, M., Haase, D., Hansjürgens, B., Hauck, J., Hinzmann, M., Koellner, T., Plieninger, T., Rabe, S.-E., Ring, I., Spangenberg, J. H.; Stachow, U., Wüstemann, H. & Görg, C. (2017): Towards a National Ecosystem Assessment in Germany. GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 26 (1): 27–33.

Albert, C., Schröter-Schlaack, C., Hansjürgens, B., Dehnhardt, A., Döring, R., Job, H., Köppel, J., Krätzig, S., Matzdorf, B., Reutter, M., Schaltegger, S., Scholz, M., Siegmund-Schultze, M., Wiggering, H., Woltering, M. & Haaren, C. v. (2017): An economic perspective on land use decisions in agricultural landscapes: insights from the TEEB Germany Study. Ecosystem Services 25, 69-78.

Albert, C., Spangenberg, J. H. & Schröter, B. (2017): Nature-based solutions: criteria. Nature 543 (7645): 315.

Esmail, B. A., Geneletti, D. & Albert, C. (2017): Boundary work for implementing adaptive management: A water sector application. Science of The Total Environment 593-594 (1): 274-285.

Wüstemann, H., Bonn, A., Albert, C., Bertram, C., Biber-Freudenberger, L., Dehnhardt, A., Döring, R., Elsasser, P., Hartje, V., Mehl, D., Kantelhardt, J., Rehdanz, K., Schaller, L., Scholz, M., Thrän, D. & Witing, F. (2017): Synergies and trade-offs between nature conservation and climate policy: Insights from the "Natural Capital Germany – TEEB DE" study. Ecosystem Services 24, 187-199.

Albert, C.,  Schröter, B., Haaren, C. v. (2017): Ökosystemleistungen von Flusslandschaften: Nützliche Informationen für Entscheidungen. Wasser und Abfall, 19(5), 24–29.

Schröter, M., Albert, C., Marques, A., Tobon, W., Lavorel, S., Maes, J., Brown, C., Klotz, S., Bonn, A. (2016): Review of National Ecosystem Assessments in Europe. BioScience.

Galler, C., Albert, C., von Haaren, C. (2016): From regional environmental planning to implementation: Paths and challenges of integrating ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services 18: 118-129. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.02.031.

Albert, C, Galler, C., Hermes, J., Neuendorf, F., von Haaren, C, Lovett, A. (2016): Applying Ecosystem Services Indicators in Landscape Planning and Management: the ES-in-Planning framework. Ecological Indicators 61 (1): 100-113.  doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.03.029.

 Albert, C., Hermes, J., Neuendorf, F., von Haaren, C., Rode, M. (2016): Assessing and Governing Ecosystem Services Trade-Offs in Agrarian Landscapes: The Case of Biogas. Land 5 (1): 1. doi: 10.3390/land5010001.

Albert, C, Bonn, A., Burkhard, B., Daube, S., Dietrich, K., Engels, B., Frommer, J., Götzl, M., Grêt-Regamey, A., Job-Hoben, B., Koellner, T., Marzelli, S., Moning, C., Müller, F., Rabe, S.-E., Ring, I., Schwaiger, E., Schweppe-Kraft, B., Wüstemann, H. (2016): Towards a national set of ecosystem service indicators: Insights from Germany. Ecological Indicators 61 (1): 38-48. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.08.050.