Ecologist and philosopher

How can we live good lives in the future? My work revolves around this question. It touches science and ethics, social research and utopian thinking, activism and art.

At the current time I focus on research. I’m working on an article on the function of the imagination in environmental ethics. I’m also preparing a project on sustainability potentials in the cultural sector.

Recent publications

Ecotopianism: Towards a philosophical conception, in the anthology Greentopia: Utopian thought in the anthropocene, edited by Angela Kallhoff et al., The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics, Springer (forthcoming)

Eco-authoritarianism and the German constitution: Questions, concepts, and resilience, by Michael Kalis & Philipp P. Thapa, in the journal Die Friedens-Warte (2022)

Social innovation for biodiversity: A literature review and research challenges, by Rafael Ziegler, Josephine Balzac-Arroyo, Rick Hölsgens, Sarah Holzgreve, Fergus Lyon, Joachim H. Spangenberg & Philipp P. Thapa, in the journal Ecological Economics (2022)

Special issue on utopising in the journal Ökologisches Wirtschaften, edited by my GETIDOS colleague Jana Gebauer and me. It includes two essays that we wrote together (in German). Some of the other contributions are in English. (2021)


Coordinator of the social-ecological research platform GETIDOS, hosted by the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy, and Mobility (IKEM)

Fellow – Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI)

PhD researcher – Institute for Science in Society, Radboud Universiteit

Visiting instructor in ethics in sustainable development, University of Freiburg

Regional President – German Writers Association (VS) Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania