Laura Schmidt joined GERICS in February 2020 and works in the project iSPECS, which is part of the Helmholtz Institute for Climate Service Science (HICSS) in cooperation with the University of Hamburg. The project aims to identify institutional and socio-cultural factors that promote the co-production of climate services with stakeholders in an urban context. Laura is responsible for a case study in Hamburg, the results will be compared with those of another case study in São Paulo.
Laura studied geography at the Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Innsbruck focusing on development research and sustainable regional development. After her studies, she worked in the coordination team of an international research project on sustainable resource management in Southern Africa. In her doctoral thesis at the Institute of Geography at the University of Hamburg, she investigated the inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation in the project. The focus was on the analysis of existing power and interest constellations of the involved actors and institutions and their influence on the implementation of transdisciplinary research.