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Jenny Lay- Kumar

MA. Soziologie
Professur für Forst- und Umweltpolitik
Tennenbacher Str. 4
D - 79106 Freiburg i. Br.
Room 4064
Telefon: (0761) 203 - 8493



Jenny Lay-Kumar is a post-doc researcher at the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy at Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg (Germany). Her research field covers environmental sociology, communication and education. In her PhD, she  analyses climate change concepts of young environmentalist groups, focusing on collective patterns of knowledge. Her PhD is based on a qualitative-explorative methodology, linking sociology of knowledge and practice theory. She also has experience qualitative research teaching and coaching. Jenny also does action research on social innovations, e.g. urban gardening, with a focus on how experience-based knowledge is gained and processed. In addition to that, she is also interested in communication on sustainable resource use, for instance in urban gardening and waste management projects.

Jenny is planning to link research on environmental education and education for sustainable development with a socio-ecological framework.


Work Experience

  • Since 05/2017 Post-Doc at the University of Freiburg, Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy

  • 2013-2017 PhD scholar at the University of Freiburg, Chair of Sociology

  • 2014-2017 lecturer at protestant university of applied sciences, Freiburg: Qualitative research coaching on local sustainability projects and buen vivir 

  • 2013-2017 various small education projects on local food systems, urban gardening and waste management for refugees


  • PhD sociology, Freiburg university (to be completed 2017)
  • Magister Artium Sociologie/Roman philology (French), Freiburg university
  • Scholarships
  • PhD-scholarship from Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (2014-2017)


Academic Memberships and Positions 

Member of Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Kampagne “Transformation von unten” der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Natur- und Umweltbildung 

  • Lay-Kumar, Jenny (2016): Wenn Umweltschutz alltagspraktisch wird – erfahrungsbasiertes Wissen gewinnen, Veränderung gestalten, in: Sammelband „Veränderung durch Engagement“, Reihe Umweltkommunikation der Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt
  • Lay-Kumar, Jenny (2016): Lernen für die sozial-ökologische Transformation, umwelt aktuell (2016/03), Ökopäd-News, p. 33. 
  • Lay-Kumar, Jenny (2016): Blickpunkt: Das Umweltbildungszentrum und die „jungen Wilden“, umwelt aktuell (2016/03), Ökopäd-News, p. 34. 
  • Lay, Jenny/Westermayer, Till (2014): Tauschen, teilen, Erfahrungen sammeln: das transformative Potential sozial-ökologischer Praxisformen [URL]
  • Lay, Jenny (2014): Building alliances in the field of food production and consumption: Urban Gardening and Community Based Agriculture, (conference paper International Degrowth Conference)


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