Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes (GSHDL)

To gain an understanding of human development, one needs to detail the interactions between mankind and both its physical and perceived environment. Graduate training and research already emphasizes interdisciplinary research involving both Arts and Humanities and Natural Sciences on this topic at Kiel University (CAU). read more

This is exemplified by numerous graduate projects in Natural Sciences that have been, and are, tackling archaeological problems, while, at the same time, cultural studies and archaeology provide important clues and directions for scientific analysis.

The Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes at Kiel University was established in 2007 as part of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. Within interdisciplinary projects, scientists of the humanities, the natural and the life sciences devote themselves to research on the complex relationship between society, culture and the environment. Primarily, prehistoric to premodern societies and their environments are exemplarily examined.

To date, ca. 45 doctoral students of the Graduate School in Kiel have successfully completed their PhDs; 60 doctoral students are currently in the program. 18 institutes of 6 faculties at Kiel University as well as the Archaeological State Museum/ZBSA at Gottorf Castle and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) participate in the GSHDL.

The sustainable development of the Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes is made possible through the Johanna Mestorf Academy as a central institution of Kiel University by combining interdisciplinary research and teaching in the fields of social and environmental change and landscape archaeology.

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