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Jochen Hack

Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Socio-ecological reshaping of European Cities and Metropolitan Areas (CAT Program)
07 November 2022 -
11 November 2022

Dr. Jochen Hack is Professor for Digital Environmental Planning and Leader of the inter- and transdisciplinary Research Group SEE-URBAN-WATER at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, since 2022. From 2018 to 2022 he was Professor for Ecological Engineering at the Institute for Applied Geosciences at Technical University Darmstadt, Germany. He is an expert in environmental modeling of Nature-based Solutions, the study of Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services. Dr. Hack holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering and a Diploma in Civil Engineering from TU Darmstadt, one of the leading technical universities of Germany.

In November 2022, he joins the Paris IAS as part of the CAT program.

Research Interests

Green Infrastructure; Nature-based Solutions; Water Sensitive Urban Design; Digital Environmental Planning; Environmental Modelling; Socio-ecology; Ecosystem Services.

Socio-ecological reshaping of European Cities and Metropolitan Areas

With our early-career network we address pressing societal challenges of living and ecology in urban agglomerations. 
Societies in European cities are faced with environmental problems related to the quality of air and water, biodiversity loss, and advancing climate change. At the same time, they need to tackle social-economic issues such as social cohesion and justice or the need to develop sustainable economic and mobility systems. All these challenges place complex demands on the use and functionality of urban space and infrastructures. Nature-based solutions, such as Green Infrastructures, are expected to play a major role in solving these issues through a redefinition and amplification of their functionality in urban areas.

Key publications

Schröter, B., Hack, J., Hüesker, F., Kuhlicke, C., Albert, C., 2022. Beyond Demonstrators—tackling fundamental problems in amplifying nature-based solutions for the post-COVID-19 world. npj Urban Sustainability 2, 4. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42949-022-00047-z

Arthur, N., Hack, J., 2022. A multiple scale, function, and type approach to determine and improve Green Infrastructure of urban watersheds. Urban Forestry & Urban Greenery 68, 127459. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2022.127459

Hack, J., Schröter, B., 2021. Nature-Based Solutions for River Restoration in Metropolitan Areas, in: Bears, R. (Ed.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51812-7_166-1

Latest publication

Aparicio Uribe, C.H., Bonilla Brenes, R., Hack, J., 2022. Potential of retrofitted urban green infrastructure to reduce runoff - A model implementation with site-specific constraints at neighborhood scale. Urban Forestry & Urban Greenery 69, 127499. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2022.127499