Dr. Kathrin Specht, Dipl.-Ing. Landscape Planning and Landscape Architecture

Deputy Head of the Research Group „Spatial Planning and Urban Design“.

Studied Landscape Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Gained her doctorate at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin at the Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences. Spent time researching abroad at the Università di Bologna, Italy, the Columbia University in the City of New York, USA and at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) in Bangalore, India.

Research interests:

  • Acceptance and participatory implementation of innovations, participative methods
  • Urban agriculture, Zero-acreage farming (ZFarming)
  • Consumer-producer networks, „Alternative Food Networks (AFN)“
  • “Urban Food Policies” and Governance

Phone: + 49 (0) 231 9051-231
E-Mail: kathrin.specht@ils-forschung.de

Publications (Selection)

  • Vittuari, Matteo; Bazzocchi, Giovanni; Blasioli, Sonia; Cirone, Francesco; Maggio, Albino; Orsini, Francesco; Penca, Jerneja; Petruzzelli, Mara; Specht, Kathrin; Amghar, Samir; Atanasov, Aleksandar-Mihail; Bastia, Teresa; Bertocchi, Inti; Coudard, Antoine; Crepaldi, Andrea; Curtis, Adam; Fox-Kämper, Runrid; Gheorghica, Anca Elena; Lelièvre, Agnès; Muñoz, Pere; Nolde, Erwin; Pascual-Fernández, Josè; Pennisi, Giuseppina; Pölling, Bernd; Reynaud-Desmet, Lèlia; Righini, Isabella; Rouphael, Youssef; Saint-Ges, Vèronique; Samoggia, Antonella; Shaystej, Shima; da Silva, Macu; Toboso Chavero, Susana; Tonini, Pietro; Trušnovec, Gorazd; Vidmar, Benjamin L.; Villalba, Gara; De Menna, Fabio (2021): Envisioning the Future of European Food Systems: Approaches and Research Priorities After COVID-19. In: Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, Vol. 5, Article 642787. doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2021.642787. (online first 09.03.2021)
  • Zoll, Felix; Specht, Kathrin; Opitz, Ina; Siebert, Rosemarie; Piorr, Anette; Zasada, Ingo (2018): Individual choice or collective action? Exploring consumer motives for participating in alternative food networks (AFN). In: International Journal of Consumer Studies, Vol. 42, Issue 1, pp. 101–110.
  • Opitz, Ina; Specht, Kathrin; Piorr, Anette; Siebert, Rosemarie; Zasada, Ingo (2017): Effects of consumers-producers-interactions in Alternative Food Networks (AFN) on consumers´ learning and perception of agriculture. In: Moravian Geographical Reports, Vol. 25, Issue 3, pp. 181–191.
  • Specht, Kathrin; Zoll, Felix; Siebert, Rosemarie (2016): Application and evaluation of a participatory “open innovation” approach (ROIR): the case of introducing zero-acreage farming in Berlin. In: Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol. 151, pp. 45–54.
  • Specht, Kathrin; Siebert, Rosemarie; Thomaier, Susanne (2016): Perception and acceptance of agricultural production in and on urban buildings (ZFarming): a qualitative study from Berlin, Germany. In: Agriculture and Human Values, Vol. 33, Issue 4, pp.753–769.
  • Zoll, Felix; Specht, Kathrin; Siebert, Rosemarie (2016): Innovation in urban agriculture: evaluation data of a participatory approach (ROIR). In: Data in Brief, Vol. 7, pp.1473–1476.
  • Opitz, Ina; Specht, Kathrin; Berges, Regine; Siebert, Rosemarie; Piorr, Anette (2016): Toward sustainability: novelties, areas of learning and innovation in urban agriculture. In: Sustainability, Vol. 8, Issue 4, Article: 356.
  • Thomaier, Susanne; Specht, Kathrin; Henckel, Dietrich; Dierich, Axel; Siebert, Rosemarie; Freisinger, Ulf B.; Sawicka, Magdalena (2015): Farming in and on urban buildings: Present practice and specific novelties of Zero-Acreage Farming (ZFarming). In: Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol. 30, Issue 1, pp. 43–54.
  • Specht, Kathrin; Siebert, Rosemarie; Thomaier, Susanne; Freisinger, Ulf B.; Sawicka, Magdalena; Dierich, Axel; Henckel, Dietrich; Busse, Maria (2015): Zero-acreage farming in the city of Berlin: an aggregated stakeholder perspective on potential benefits and challenges. In: Sustainability, Vol. 7, Issue 4, pp.4511–4523.
  • Specht, Kathrin; Siebert, Rosemarie; Hartmann, Ina; Freisinger, Ulf B.; Sawicka, Magdalena; Werner, Armin; Thomaier, Susanne; Henckel, Dietrich; Walk, Heike; Dierich, Axel (2014): Urban agriculture of the future: an overview of sustainability aspects of food production in and on buildings. In: Agriculture and Human Values, Vol. 31, Issue 1, pp. 33–51.
  • Specht, Kathrin; Fox-Kämper, Runrid (2018): Forschungsprojekt FEW-Meter. Ressourcenströme in der urbanen Landwirtschaft messbar machen. In: Transforming Cities, Nr.03/2018, S. 30–31.
  • Dierich, Axel; Specht, Kathrin; Thomaier, Susanne (2017): Der Umweltnutzen von ZFarming. Potenzial produktiv genutzter Dächer und Fassaden für Gebäudeklima, Stadtklima und Klimaschutz. In: Transforming Cities, Nr.01/2017, S. 83–87.
  • Sanyé-Mengual, Esther; Specht, Kathrin (2016): What can we expect from urban rooftop agriculture in terms of sustainability? In: The Nature of Cities, Global Online Roundtable “Urban agriculture has many benefits. Is one of them a contribution to urban sustainability?”. Online verfügbar unter: