Raphael Karutz is currently finalising his PhD at the University of Leipzig and the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).
In collaboration with Stanford University, he is investigating the food-water energy nexus of cities in the Global South, focusing on Pune (India) and Amman (Jordan). He is especially interested in long-term urbanisation trajectories and how these can be shaped in sustainable and resilient ways despite the dual challenge of climate change and rapid population growth.
Raphael has lived and worked in Tanzania and Colombia and strives for more balanced north-south partnerships in academia and other sectors.
As co-founder of zora – the transformation lab, he develops education formats on climate justice and urban sustainability, facilitates stakeholder participation processes, and advises non-profit initiatives oin their organisational development.