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Benno Werlen, Prof. Dr
Chair holder
Benno Werlen
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Benno Werlen was appointed holder of the UNESCO-Chair in May 2018. From 1997 to 2018, he held the Chair of Social Geography at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. He has researched and taught geography at the Universities of Fribourg, Kiel, Zurich, Cambridge, Salzburg, Geneva, Nijmegen, and at the ETH Zurich. Benno Werlen is the founder and executive director of the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU), which the three global science bodies of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities proclaimed in 2016. He has served as a member of the European Research Council (ERC) and advisor to the World Cultural Forum Taihu. In 2016, he was awarded the International Geographical Union's Lauréat d'Honneur for his scientific lifetime achievement. In his research, Benno Werlen focuses on the theory and methodology of geography, globalization, and the regionalization of everyday geography, societal relationships with space, place images and urban/regional development, cultural dimensions of geographical practices, global sustainability, as well as political regionalism and nationalism.

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Falk Parra Witte, Dr
Project coordinator
Dr. Falk Parra Witte
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Falk Parra Witte coordinates the development and implementation of The Jena Declaration (TJD), an international research and action program for regionally and culturally based sustainability. Next to strengthening and expanding the Chair´s network of partners, he partakes in the design and execution of transdisciplinary projects, seminars and conferences that foreground the human aspect of sustainable livelihoods and policies. Falk Parra Witte obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, UK. His research and advocacy interrelate indigenous cosmology, ecology and knowledge, in particular as a framework for sustainable ways of being and thinking. Falk Parra Witte is Strategic Supervisor and Anthropological Lead for Múnekan Masha: Revitalizing Water in the Sierra Nevada, a collaborative environmental regeneration project and knowledge exchange with the Kogi Indigenous People of Colombia. The project is endorsed by the UNESCO-MOST sustainability science coalition BRIDGES. Since 2019 Falk Parra Witte has been Trustee of the Tairona Heritage Trust.

Kati Morgner
Secretariat
Kati Morgner
Room 239
Löbdergraben 32
07743 Jena
Marina Pfeiffer
Student assistant
Marina Pfeiffer