Antonia Schuster

Personal Advisor

Hey there! I have a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Science and a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics from HU Berlin. Currently, I've submitted my doctoral thesis in Agricultural Science, focusing on environmental inequalities in the Anthropocene. My academic journey includes a Master's thesis at PIK in 2018, and I've been immersed in doctoral research from 2020 to 2023. My interdisciplinary approach spans environmental research and social sciences, with an emphasis on social stratification theories as well as exploring diverse perspectives on justice, particularly concerning issues such as the coal phase-out in Europe. Beyond academia, I actively participate in civil society and climate justice initiatives. I've authored articles, served as a lecturer at, e.g., Humboldt University.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 20906
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


  • Environmental inequalities
  • Social Metabolism
  • Human agency and agent classes

Schuster, A., Zoll, M., Otto, I. M., & Stölzel, F. (2023). The unjust just transition? Exploring different dimensions of justice in the lignite regions of Lusatia, Eastern Greater Poland, and Gorj. Energy Research & Social Science, 104, 103227.

Schuster, A., Lindner M., and Otto, I.M. Whose house is on fire? Identifying socio-demographic
and housing characteristics driving differences in the UK household CO2 emissions. Ecological
Economics, doi:

Schuster, A., & Otto, I. M. (2022). Understanding Socio-metabolic Inequalities Using Consumption Data from Germany. Capitalism Nature Socialism, 1-22.

Lindner, M, Dorschel, R. & Schuster, A. (under review): Ecology and Class Structure: Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Social Classes in the United Kingdom. European Journal of Sociology

Otto I.M. and Schuster A. (under Review): Socio-metabolic class conflicts in the Anthropocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

2020-2023 Reboost - A boost for rural lignite regions

Humboldt University: Climate Change, Energy and Bioeconomy Transition Management 2020-2023
MCI Innsbruck: Sustainability and Social Sciences 2020-2021
HWR Berlin: Psychological Aspects of Sustainability 2020-2022
Teacher at various High schools in Austria 2020

  • Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer Prize Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Humboldt University Excellence Initiative