Till Sterzel
Senior Projektmanager

Till Sterzel is a Senior Project Manager at adelphi working in the Climate Change Adaptation and Urban Transformation departments. He is co-coordinator of the theme group on Climate Change Adaptation.

For more than 11 years, Till Sterzel has worked as a consultant, scientist and coach in the areas Climate Impact and Vulnerability, and Climate Change and Urbanisation. His main focus has been on data-driven analyses of adaptation needs and options in various human-environment systems (especially in low- and middle-income countries and fast-growing coastal cities) and on climate information services. Within the framework of applied research and policy consulting, he works regularly on behalf of environmental ministries at both the federal and provincial level. He also regularly serves as an expert on climate information services for the European Commission. Till Sterzel is Capacity WORKS certified and has regional competencies in urban Europe and East Africa.

Till Sterzel is the author of several scientific publications in ISI-listed journals, book chapters, and reports. For his dissertation, he developed a data-driven method to both globally and regionally standardise vulnerabilities against global (environmental) change in human-environment systems. He has several years of experience with vulnerability and cluster analyses. In addition, he was responsible for applications of geographic information systems (GIS) and digital cartography in research projects at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) for many years.

For the Centre for Rural Development (SLE) in Berlin, Till regularly conducts five- to ten-day training courses on urban transformation, climate change adaptation and vulnerability to climate change—all developed by himself and all within the framework of international development cooperation. Past course participants have included ministry representatives, city planners, scientists, students and NGO representatives from more than 40 countries. As an English native speaker, he offers these trainings in many regions of the world.

Prior to joining adelphi, Till Sterzel was a consultant for four years, during which time he worked with many project partners on climate change adaptation at the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ). The technical foundation of Till Sterzel's work comes from his seven years a research associate at PIK researching climate impact and vulnerability as well as climate change and development. He worked afterwards for about four years as an independent consultant, scientist and coach at climate-babel, which he co-founded. He worked on projects in Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, among others. As part of the scientific consortium, he developed the Climate Protection and Climate Change Mitigation Plan for the state of Hesse in 2025.

Till Sterzel studied geography with a minor in meteorology and geoinformatics at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, the Humboldt-Universität Berlin and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). He completed his dissertation at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research (PIK). He is writing his doctoral thesis on "Analyzing Global Typologies of Vulnerability—The Cases of Rapid Urbanization and Human Security in Drylands" at the University of Potsdam.

Selected Projects

Selected publications

  • Global typology of coastal urban vulnerability under rapid urbanization – Submitted to Sustainability Science.

    Sterzel, Till and Matthias K.B. Lüdeke 2017: Global typology of coastal urban vulnerability under rapid urbanization. Submitted to Sustainability Science.. Under Review:
  • Understanding Change in Patterns of Vulnerability – PIK-Report 127

    Lüdeke, Matthias; Carsten Walther and Till Sterzel 2017: Understanding Change in Patterns of Vulnerability. PIK-Report 127. Potsdam: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
  • A new method for analysing socio-ecological patterns of vulnerability

    Kok, Marcel; Matthias Lüdeke, Paul Lucas, Till Sterzel, Carsten Walther, Peter Janssen, Diana Sietz and Indra de Soysa 2016: A new method for analysing socio-ecological patterns of vulnerability. In: Regional Environmental Change, January 2016, Volume 16, Issue 1, 229–243.
  • Climate Change Vulnerability Indicators. From Noise to Signal

    Sterzel, Till and Boris Orlowsky 2015: Climate Change Vulnerability Indicators. From Noise to Signal. In: Richard Rottenburg et al. (eds.) The World of Indicators: The Making of Governmental Knowledge Through Quantification. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 307-354.
  • Armed conflict distribution in global drylands through the lens of a typology of socio-ecological vulnerability

    Sterzel, Till; Matthias Lüdeke, Marcel Kok, Carsten Walther, Diana Sietz, Indra de Soysa, Paul Lucas and Peter Janssen 2014: Armed conflict distribution in global drylands through the lens of a typology of socio-ecological vulnerability. In: Regional Environmental Change, August 2014, Volume 14, Issue 4, 1419-1435.
  • Quantitative analysis of patterns of vulnerability to global environmental change. Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

    Kok, Marcel and Till Sterzel et al. 2010: Quantitative analysis of patterns of vulnerability to global environmental change. Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Bilthoven: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL).