Structure and Curriculum

Based at the Environmental Science Center (WZU) in Augsburg and the Rachel Carson Center (RCC) in Munich, the program offers a unique opportunity to pursue a PhD degree under the supervision of faculty from both universities, with each PhD student to be supervised by an interdisciplinary team of three. The program is supported by international guest professors, experienced practitioners, and creative artists/writers whose work focuses on environmental topics. Students perform collaborative research, take advantage of the scholarly expertise and excellent public networks of both locations, and participate in inter- and transdisciplinary scholarship that can help find solutions to today’s pressing environmental problems.

The program’s three areas of learning and knowledge production


  • The transformation of established disciplines and cultures of knowledge
  •  "Transformation" as a core topic in the Environmental Humanities
  • Ecological knowledge and transformative practice

structure the program as a whole and serve as common reference points for all participants.
This also applies to our innovative teaching formats. While there will be standard lecture courses to provide all students with a shared vocabulary and interdisciplinary skills, most of the teaching and learning will happen in intensive workshops, some of which will take place in Bavarian conference centers, including the Environmental Research Station "Schneefernerhaus" on Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze.


The Schneefernerhaus © Kirsten Twelbeck