Prof. Caroline Kramer

Chair in Human Geography and Geoecology, Pro Dean of Students
KIT/ Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie, Humangeographie


Caroline Kramer was born in Künzelsau in 1961. After graduating from high school in Heidelberg, she studied geography and German language and literature at the University of Heidelberg. There she received her doctorate in 1991 in the research group of Peter Meusburger on a topic in educational geography. This was followed in 1992 by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Survey, Methods and Analysis (ZUMA, now GESIS) in Mannheim, which led to a permanent position in the Social Indicators Department there in 1994. The way back to academia was made possible by a DFG habilitation fellowship on the topic of "Time for Mobility" (2000-2003) and the completion of the habilitation in Heidelberg in 2004. This was followed by temporal professorships in Munich, Heidelberg and Karlsruhe from 2004 to 2008. Since 2008, she has been Professor of Human Geography at the Institute of Geography and Geoecology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, formerly Universität Karlsruhe TH), where she has held several positions, e.g., Institute Director and Dean of Studies. She works there closely with colleagues in regional science, architecture and transport research and is active in a task force on urban research at KIT. Her research focuses on the spatial aspects of mobility and time, education and knowledge, and city and society. In individual projects, these topics were further deepened together with colleagues, e.g., on demographic change in German cities, on multilocality, or on spatial and temporal justice. The temporal dimension of spatial structures, spatial action and political decisions is a central topic of her scientific work.