Janne Lis Irmisch

Since January 2021 Janne Irmisch is working as a research associate in the project "Urban Resilience vis-a-vis Extreme Weather Events - Typology and Transfer (ExTrass)“. In the project, she deals with local and regional climate governance, the development of climate policy in German medium-sized and large cities, as well as the transfer of municipal climate protection and adaptation measures.

Janne Irmisch studied urban studies at HafenCity University Hamburg and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, which she completed with a Bachelor of Arts in "Metropolitan Culture". She expanded her analytical view on everyday culture and transformations in urban space during her master's studies in "Sustainability Geography" at the University of Greifswald, where she focused on developing centres and peripheries as a sustainable system as well as tools for local and international nature conservation. Thematically, she put an emphasis on sustainable food systems. In her master's thesis, she addressed the potentials of sustainable mobility concepts for historic cities in the context of a case study on a car-free world heritage site in Bamberg. Since November 2019, Janne Irmisch was already employed as a research assistant in the ExTrass project.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Urban Research
Urban Planning and Development
Mobility Studies
Sustainability Studies
Urban Studies
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Ethnographical Methods
Expert Interviews
Participatory Observation


Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

ExTrass seeks to better prepare medium-sized and large cities in Germany for heavy rainfall and heat. To this end, restraining and enabling factors of urban climate adaptation are analysed and successfull measures are identified. A large part of the project work is undertaken in three case study cities: Potsdam, Remscheid and Würzburg. Here, among other things, the project team tests greening measures, works towards climate-sensitive urban planning, contributes data on city climate, educates the population on risks and improves contingency plans. In addition, opportunities for exchange are created so that cities can better learn from each other. more info