Antonia Schuster

Personal Advisor

Antonia Schuster is a PhD student at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, part of Copan and supervised by Dr. Ilona M. Otto. She has strong interest in social and environmental inequalities and analyzes the differences and hot spots of individual resource and energy use. She focuses on socio-metabolic class conflicts and proposes a novel social stratification theory to discuss political implications as well as behavioral changes that are needed to meet climate policy objectives. In the long run she attempts to improve the implementation of human agents and their inherent agency for modeling human-environmental system interactions. She is also a researcher for The REBOOST - a Boost for Rural Lignite Regions which is a project that aims to support stakeholders in three European lignite mining regions (Lusatia in Germany, Konin in Poland, and Gorj in Romania) in the transition from the current high economic dependence on lignite to a low-carbon future. Antonia holds a master degree in agricultural economics that was awarded with the Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer Prize for outstanding graduation. In 2018, she was sent by the Humboldt University Excellence Initiative to present her research results at the 26th SIICUSP Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Antonia is teaching the master class "Climate Change and Bioenergy Management" at Humboldt University as well as "Social Science and Sustainability" at MCI Innsbruck. She attaches great importance to social involvement and is committed to improving science communication. She gives workshops and talks about environmental inequalities and climate justice in a professional context as well as to curious and young people.


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.

A. Schuster, M. Lindner, and I. M. Otto. 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.

Clisciety - climate science, energy transition and society

The workshop collective clisciety aims at a constructive exchange between climate science and society. We develop educational workshops and talks on climate change and its consequences and establish contact with potential speakers for your event (in German and English).

Humboldt University of Berlin 2020/2021 - Climate Change, Energy and Bioeconomy Management

MCI Management Center Innsbruck 2020/2021 - Sustainability and Social Sciences

Workshops for adults and young adults in the following topics:

  • Climate myths, fake news, logical fallacies and cognitive distortions.
  • Debunking guidelines

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