Prof. Dr.
Tanja Mölders
Full Professor


Academic Positions
since 02/2023 Full Professor (W3) for Environmental Planning and Transformation
09/2021 - 01/2023 Head of the unit "Spatial planning and spatial policy" at the ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association
04/2021 – 06/2021 Visiting Professor at the Department of Landscape, Spatial and Infrastructure Sciences at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna
09/2020 - 01/2023 apl. Professorship at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences at the Leibniz University Hannover
10/2018 – 09/2019 Representation of the Professorship for Environmental Planning at the Leuphana University Lüneburg
05/2013 – 09/2020 Maria-Goeppert-Mayer (MGM) Junior Professor for Space und Development at the Leibniz University Hannover (10/2018 – 09/2019: academic leave)
02/2013 – 09/2013 Maternity and parental leave
05/2012 – 07/2012 Research stay at the Jagiellonen Universtiy, Krakow, Poland
08/2008 – 10/2014 Head of the Junior Research Group "PoNa – Shaping Nature: Policy, Politics and Polity" at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
09/2007 – 07/2008 Maternity and parental leave
10/2000 – 07/2007 Research Assistent at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and Universität Hamburg
2009 – 2018 Habilitation, Venia Legendi: Sustainability Science, Leuphana University Lüneburg
2003 – 2009 PhD Thesis, Dr. rer. soc., Leuphana University Lüneburg
10/1994 – 11/2000 Studies of Applied Cultural Studies and Environmental Sciences, University Lüneburg
Research Grants
since 05/2021 "Spatial Transformation Processes of Energy Transition - Analytical and Design Perspectives from Gender Studies in Spatial Planning"
DFG research grant, total funding: 298.551 € plus programme allowances, in cooperation with Dr. Martina Hülz, ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association
02/2016 – 01/2020 "Caring for natures? Gender Perspectives on (Vor)Sorge in Care Relationships between Humans and Nonhuman Nature(s)"
joint project of the MWK, total funding: 383.800 €, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Sabine Hofmeister, Leuphana University Lüneburg
08/2008 – 10/2014 "PoNa – Shaping Nature: Policy, Politics and Polity"
Junior research group of the BMBF, total funding: 1.700.000 € plus programme allowances, in cooperation with Dr. Daniela Gottschlich, Leuphana University Lüneburg

Position within Appeal Process
08/2016 "Sociology of Rural Areas", Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2nd position)
Prices and Awards
07/2011 Award in the category "Best Fundraiser", Leuphana University Lüneburg
11/2010 Finalist in the competition "Understanding Science", Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
07/2009 Award in the category "Best Doctoral Researcher", Leuphana University Lüneburg
01/2004 Award for outstanding lecture activities by the Department of Environmental Sciences at the Leuphana University Lüneburg
05/2000 Award for outstanding graduation in Environmental Science by the Department of Environmental Science at the Leuphana University Lüneburg
Committee Work, Memberships and Volunteer Work
since 04/2021 Member of the Advisory Board for the Inner City Dialogue of the City of Hanover
since 01/2021 Member of the steering group of the mentoring program of the Agrarsozialen Gesellschaft e.V. (ASG)
01/2019 – 09/2019 Spokesperson of the Gender and Diversity Research Network at the Leuphana University Lüneburg
05/2018 – 09/2020 Leibniz Research Center Inclusive Citizenship at the Leibniz University Hannover
01/2017 – 10/2018 Examination Board of Architectural Studies (Bachelor and Master) at the Leibniz University Hannover
since 11/2016 Member of the Executive Board of the Bürgerbüro Stadtentwicklung Hannover e.V. (bbs)
since 12/2013 Gender Studies Association e.V. (since 2018 Spokesperson of AG GENAU*T, Gender Relations, Sustainability, Environment, Transformation)
10/2013 – 09/2020 Forum Gender Studies at the Leibniz University Hannover
since 10/2013 Working Group of Institutions for Women's and Gender Studies in Lower Saxony (LAGEN) (until 09/2020 representation of Leibniz University Hannover)
since 10/2013 Leibniz Research Center Transdisciplinary | rural and urban | spatial transformation (TRUST) at the Leibniz University Hannover
since 11/2012 ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association
since 10/2011 German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV)
11/2010 – 05/2012 Examination Board of Environmental Sciences (Bachelor, Master und Diploma) at the Leuphana University Lüneburg
10/2010 – 06/2020 Leibniz University Association., Section Gender Competence in Architecture | Landscape | Planning (gender_archland) (from 10/2013 to 06/2020 Member of the Executive Board)
since 10/2003 Network Vorsorgendes Wirtschaften e. V.
26.08 – 04.09/2002 Participation in the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa; participation in the Women's Caucus, lobbying in the area of Gender and Environment
06/2001 – 07/2002 Senate Commission for the Advancement of Women and Equal Opportunity at the University of Lüneburg

Hofmeister, Sabine; Katz, Christine & Tanja Mölders (Hrsg.) (2013): Geschlechterverhältnisse und Nach-haltigkeit. Die Kategorie Geschlecht in den Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaften. Opladen, Berlin, Toronto: Barbara Budrich. DOI: 10.2307/j.ctvddztwt

Levin-Keitel, Meike; Mölders, Tanja; Othengrafen, Frank & Jens Ibendorf (2018): Sustainability Transi-tions and the Spatial Interface: Developing Conceptual Perspectives. Sustainability, Jg. 10, H. 6, 1880. DOI: 10.3390/su10061880

Mölders, Tanja (2019): Rethinking gender: feminist perspectives on Sustainable Development Goals in the light of (re)productivity. GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, Jg. 28, H. 2, pp. 95-99. DOI: 10.14512/gaia.28.2.6

Mölders, Tanja & Meike Levin-Keitel (2021): Sustainable (Post-)Pandemic Cities? Contested Forms of Knowledge in Urban Transformation. Planung neu denken (pnd). DOI: 10.18154/RWTH-2021-10426

since 05/2021 project "Spatial Transformation Processes of Energy Transition", funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Energy incl. renewable
  • Environmental protection, nature conservation
  • Landscape, open space & environmental planning
  • Social sciences, cultural sciences, demography
  • Spatial & state & regional planning
  • Sustainability science
  • Gender studies

Projects involved