Assistant Professor

Jan Pedro Zeiss

Field of work

My Background: Having studied Natural Resource Management as my Bachelor and Climate Change Management as my Master, my interest lies in understanding the interlinkages, synergies and trade-offs between the different aspects of sustainable development. In my master thesis I addressed the issue of how higher education institutions can foster sustainable development, and specifically how they can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.


My main field of work at the Department of Natural Sciences: My current work is focussed on citizen participation in the Energy transition. As part of the Horizon 2020 project “COMETS - COllective action Models for Energy Transition and Social Innovation”, I am collecting and analysing data on renewable energy collective action initiatives in the EU's member states, such as community energy projects or renewable energy cooperatives. COMETS aims to quantify the contribution of such initiatives to the energy transition, and identify their main motives, challenges and barriers.

Research areas

  • Citizen Participation in the Energy Transition
  • Higher Education for Sustainable Development