Dr Franz Mauelshagen

Allumni Fellow

Dr Franz Mauelshagen

Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: 49 (0)203 379-5230
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: mauelshagen@gcr21.uni-due.de


Dr Franz Mauelshagen joins the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Research Fellow from April 2018 to March 2019. He conducts his research in the Research Unit "Pathways and Mechanisms of Global Cooperation".



Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

Fellow Program

Senior Fellow


Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

Fellow Programme

Senior Fellow


Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Essen)

Working Section: Climate & Culture

Research Coordinator / Principle Investigator


University of Zürich

Department of History



University of Bielefeld

Department of History

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

  • Climate Change
  • Planetary Politics
  • Global Environmental Governance
  • Environmental History
  • Climate History
  • History of Science & Technology
  • Anthropocene

Current Projects

  • Planetary Politics
  • Energy Transformations
  • Palgrave Handbook of Climate History (co-editor)


Seminars and Conferences

  • Fleeing Europe: German-Atlantic Migration and the Tambora Crisis, 1816-17, Trinity Hall, Cambridge (Co-organiser)
  • 2016/09 Transforming Unfamiliar Environments in the Americas, 1600-1850, Trinity Hall, Cambridge (Co-organiser)
  • 2016/09 Resources and Economies of Knowledge in the Anthropocene, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Co-organiser)
  • 2015/11 The Climates of History, International Conference in Honor of Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, German Historical Institute, Paris (Organiser)
  • 2014/05 Climate Change and Global Crisis in the Seventeenth Century (KWI Essen, co-organized with Geoffrey Parker) (Organiser)
  • 2013/07 Colonialism and Climate History (Georgetown University) (Co-organiser)
  • 2011/09 Historical Climatology: Past and Future (KWI, Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, DHIP), German Historical Institute, Paris (Co-organiser)
  • 2011/08 Environmental Change and Migration in Historical Perspective (KWI, RCC, BMBF), Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich (Co-organiser)



  • Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)
  • Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands (VHD)
  • European Society for Environmental History (ESEH)
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Geschichte (SGG)



  • Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, 2015-8
  • Visiting Scholar, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, History Faculty (sup-ported by DAAD Research Hub for German Studies), 2016/09
  • Carson Fellow, Rachel Carson Center Munich (6 months), RCC Research Pro-ject: “The Climatological Revolution of the Eighteenth Century”, 2014-5
  • Book Award for “Wunderkammer auf Papier” (translation grant), Börsen-verein des Deutschen Buchhandels, German Foreign Office, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, VG Wort, “Geisteswissenschaften, 2013
  • PhD Fellow, German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), 1997-2000



April 2018 – March 2019

Research Project at the Centre

The History and Future of Planetary Politics — Science-Policy Cooperation in the Anthropocene

Planetary politics evolved after the Second World War. It has created a unique sphere of cooperation between scientists and politicians, making it distinct from other spheres of international politics (peace keeping; trade and development). In my study of this sphere of cooperation I will combine history with theory. The scope of my historical account reaches from 1945 to the Paris Agreement, 2015, with strong focuses on climate politics from 1988 and climate engineering as an extreme case of planetary stewardship. The results of my historical study will be spelt out with regard to a recently emerging political epistemology of the Anthropocene, guided by three principal challenges for science-policy cooperation in the international arena: (1) strategic cross-communication, (2) scientific uncertainty, and (3) cultural plurality.


Selected Publications

White, Sam; Pfister, Christian; Mauelshagen, Franz (eds.) (2018): Palgrave Handbook of Climate History, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Mauelshagen, Franz (2018, forthcoming): Migration and Climate in World History, in: White, Sam u.a (Hrsg.): The Palgrave Handbook of Climate History, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Leggewie, Claus; Mauelshagen, Franz (2018, forthcoming): Tracing and Replacing Europe's Carbon Culture, in: Leggewie, Claus/ Mauelshagen, Franz (Hrsg.): Climate and Culture in Europe (=Climate and Culture, Leiden, Boston.

Mauelshagen, Franz (2017): Das Zeitalter der Ungewissheit: Zukunftsszenarien und globale Bedrohung nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg <The Age of Uncertainty: Future Scenarios and Global Threat after Word War II>, in: Hannig, Nicolai/ Malte Thießen (ed.): Vorsorgen in der Moderne. Akteure, Räume und Praktiken (=Schriftenreihe der Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte 115), Berlin, S. 79-103

Mauelshagen, Franz (2017): Bridging the Great Divide—the Anthropocene as a Challenge to the Social Sciences and Humanities, in: Deane-Drummond, Celia u. a. (ed.): Religion and the Anthropocene, Eugene OR 2017, S. 87-102.

Mauelshagen, Franz (2017): Reflexiones acerca del Antropoceno <Reflexions about the Anthropocene>, in: Desacatos: Revista de Ciencias Sociales 15, 54, S. 74-89

Leggewie, Claus; Franz Mauelshagen (ed.) (2018): Climate Change and Cultural Transition in Europe (=Climate and Culture 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill.

Mauelshagen, Franz (2016): Der Verlust der (bio-)kulturellen Diversität im Anthropozän <The Loss of (Bio)Cultural Diversity in the Anthropocene>, in: Haber, Wolfgang (ed.): Die Welt im Anthropozän. Erkundungen im Spannungsfeld zwischen Ökologie und Humanität, München, S. 39-55.

Mauelshagen, Franz (2015): Defining Catastrophes, in: Gerstenberger, Katharina; Nusser, Tanja (eds.): Catastrophe and Catharsis: Perspectives on Disaster and Redemption in German Culture and Beyond, Camden East ON , S. 172-190.

Mauelshagen, Franz (2014): Redefining Historical Climatology in the Anthropocene, in: The Anthropocene Review 1, 2, S. 171-204.

Mauelshagen, Franz (2017): Historische Klimaforschung: Ursprünge, Trends und Zukunftsperspektiven eines interdisziplinären Forschungsfeldes <Historical Climate Research: Origins, Trends, and Future Perspectives of an Interdisciplinary Research Field>, in: Frühneuzeit-Info 28 (2017), S. 56-74.

Mauelshagen, Franz (2016): Ein neues Klima im 18. Jahrhundert

, in: Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, 1, S. 39-57.