Julius Rathgens

Julius Rathgens
Leuphana University Lüneburg ·  Institute of Ecology

Doctor of Philosophy


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I am Julius Rathgens, a PhD candidate in the research group “Processes of Sustainability Transformation” at Leuphana University, Lueneburg, Germany. For my PhD, I investigate the topic of global value chains and their implications on issues of social and environmental justice. I wrote a systematic review about scientific perceptions of alternative trade arrangements using multivariate statistics and network analysis. I strongly believe more research is needed that is done in collaboration with actors from outside academia. Thus, I am currently planning a field study in close collaboration with coffee producers from Uganda. My passion is to bring scientific methods and approaches together in order to advance our understanding of sustainability issues and how to tackle them.
Additional affiliations
August 2015 - present
Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • PhD Student
  • PhD Candidate in the Project "Processes of Sustainability Transformation" http://post.achievingsustainability.com/


Publications (3)
This systematic review provides an overview of the various perspectives that investigate alternative trade arrangements in the global food sector. With child labor in cocoa production, health issues of plantation workers in the global south and unsustainable consumption patterns of consumers in the global north, trade arrangements in the global foo...
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Power mechanisms and structures shape climate change adaptation outcomes, the measures adopted, and who is identified as requiring adaptation support. But to what extent does research recognize such power‐adaptation linkages? Based on a systematic literature review, we enquire if and how the framing of power matters for adaptation research and what...
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Transformation, transition and regime shift are increasingly applied concepts in the academic literature to describe changes in society and the environment. Ecosystem services represent one framework that includes the implicit aim of supporting transformation towards a more sustainable system. Nevertheless, knowledge and systematic reviews on the u...


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Projects (3)
The aim of the Sustainability Methods Wiki is to present and explain diverse scientific methods, terms and tools relevant to (Sustainability) Science and discuss underlying questions. It shall serve as a resource for students, researchers, teachers and any interested readers and tries to bridge the gap on how we approximate empirical knowledge, and how we ought to act based on this. Through an inclusive, reflexive and critical approach to the methodological canons, we try to contribute to solve the disciplinary slumber that defines much of modern science.
Shed light on the direct trade topic: Mapping of intrinsic motivation of direct trade roasters and their engagement at origin
Within an international and interdisciplinary research group 12 PhD students will conduct research on drivers and barriers of transformation processes towards sustainability: What can we learn from successful examples of such processes? What from failure? How can this be explained from within different disciplines and perspectives? How does transformation take place in different places and across time scales? By doing so the research group is systematically analysing processes of transformation towards sustainability in different contexts, regions and perspectives. Aims for the work of the research group are threefold: to produce high-quality contributions to further research on transformation processes in sustainability science, to create a better conceptual, theoretical and methodological understanding of drivers, barriers and opportunities for sustainability transformations, and to offer a tailored PhD programme for excellent students in sustainability science.