Dr.Maria Schwab

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+49 461 805 2499
+49 461 805 952499
Gebäude Riga 6
RIG 614
Auf dem Campus 1c
Post code / City
24943 Flensburg


Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies (ICES)
Hauptamtlich tätig
since 10/17

Europa-Universität Flensburg - Interdisciplinary Center for European Studies

Academic Coordinator; Tasks: Science management, third-party funding and research strategy consulting, promotion of early career researchers, communication and public relations

12/14 - 09/17

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht – Norddeutsches Klimabüro, Geesthacht

Researcher; Tasks: Researcher and coordinator of a research project for the development of a user-oriented climate information product; interviews & workshops with representatives of municipalities, private sector & the public in the Baltic Sea region; public relations in the field of climate services; strategic research management.

01/11 – 11/14

United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn

Researcher; Tasks: Research & research management within EU & BMBF funded projects & project proposals, interviews & workshops with authorities, NGOs & the public

After May 2014: Development of a risk assessment system for critical infrastructures in Europe (H2020 Project INTACT)
Before May 2014: Evaluation of measures in the context of natural hazards in Vietnam (PhD thesis within the BMBF-funded WISDOM project).

02/10 – 01/11

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn

Academic assistant in projects on innovation policy for an ecologically and economically sustainable development; tasks: Research activities, analyses, workshop organization.

01/11 – 09/14

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

PhD at the Institute of Geography

Topic: ‘Nature and values of risk-related strategies – An evaluation of rural coping and adaptation in response to changing water-related risks in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta’

Supervisors: PD. Dr. Jörn Birkmann (UNU-EHS); Prof. Dr. Klaus Greve (Universität Bonn)

Can Tho University, Vietnam (09/11 – 05/12): Guest researcher

10/06 – 07/10

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Study of Geography (Diplom)
Minor subjects: Economics, Agricultural & Environmental Economics, Sociology

Diploma thesis topic: 'Global price changes and local livelihoods - The impact of agricultural price fluctuations on rural livelihoods in Cambodia’

University of Southampton, UK (10/07 – 02/08)

Chennai, India (02/08 - 04/08): field research stay

10/04 – 09/06

Universität Augsburg

Study of Geography (Diplom)

Minor subjects: Economics, Sociology, Media- & Communication Studies

  • Schwab, M., Meinke, I., von Storch, H. (2017): Developing criteria for a stakeholder-centred evaluation of climate services: the case of Extreme Event Attribution for storm surges at the German Baltic Sea. In: Meteorology Hydrology and Water Management. Research and Operational Applications, 6.
  • Schwab, M., I. Meinke, J-P. Vanderlinden, H. von Storch (2017): Regional decision-makers as potential users of Extreme Weather Event Attribution - Case studies from the German Baltic Sea coast and the Greater Paris area. In: Weather and Climate Extremes, 18, Pages 1-7,
  • Schwab, M., Berchtoldt, C., Goris, A. (2016): An Integrated Critical Infrastructure Risk and Resilience Concept in the Context of ExtremeWeather Events and Global Change. In: Journal of Extreme Events, 3 (2). 
  • Krause, D.; Schwab, M.; Birkmann, J. (2015): An actor-oriented and context-specific framework for evaluating climate change adaptation. In: D. Bours, C. McGinn, P. Pringle (Eds.), Monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation: A review of the landscape. New Directions for Evaluation, 147.
  • Schwab, M. (2014): Nature and values of coping and adaptation - An evaluation of response mechanisms to changing water-related risks in rural areas of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. Dissertation, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. Online-Ausgabe in bonndoc: nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:hbz:5n-37590 
  • Gain, A.K. & Schwab, M. (2012): An assessment of water governance trends: the case of Bangladesh. In: Water Policy, 14 (5).