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katharina.diederichs [at] uni-koeln.de
Katharina Diederichs holds a Magister (1,3) in Political Sciences, African Studies and Islamic Studies. Since early 2016 she is working on her doctoral thesis in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne with the title: Communities of Practice in Sustainable development: linking knowledge, communication, power and practice. In this context 2016 she did the first out of three DAAD-funded research trips to the Cape Town, South Africa. There she researches in civil movements on (urban) sustainability, urban green, urban organic agriculture and policy discourses on sustainable development as well as on agency with regard to environment and environmental policies. Central to her research are the varied manifestations of power and agency; especially in processes of knowledge production and transfer. As a Graduate Research Assistant she is professionally involved in the academic and coordinative tasks related to the research network of the Global South Studies Center (GSSC) at the University of Cologne. With the aim to guarantee a smooth interdisciplinary research environment, she supports the GSSC-coordination team in the organisation of international conferences and workshops, in public relations and in research as well as publication.
Communities of Practice in sustainable urban development: linking knowledge, communication, power and practice