Rieke Hansen is Professor for Open Space and Ecological Urban Design at the Institute of Open Space Development at Geisenheim University since November 2019. She studied Landscape and Open Space Planning at Leibniz University of Hannover and completed a technical clerkship in Landscape Stewardship in North Rhine-Westphalia. Between 2010 and 2018 she worked in research and teaching at the Technical University of Munich at the Chair for Strategy and Management of Landscape Development and completed her doctoral thesis there in 2018. In 2018 and 2019, she worked at the Chair of Landscape Architecture at the RWTH Aachen University.
Her research focuses on the innovative potential of concepts such as green infrastructure, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions for sustainable urban development. In this context, she has worked on landscape and open space planning in metropolitan regions and cities in Germany, Europe, and the USA. Her international research projects included the BiodivERsA project URBES, the FP7 project GREEN SURGE, and the Horizon 2020 project proGIreg.
Rieke Hansen is a registered landscape architect with the Bavarian Chamber of Architects and Assessor of Landscape Stewardship. She is managing director of the ARL working group "Ecosystem services in spatial planning" (2019-2022).