David Fopp | Associated Researcher

Environment, climate, energy: Societies and their ecological challenges
Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin
Email: davidfopp  ( at )  outlook.com Tel: +49(0) 30 / 20 93 70700


Work experience

Since September 22

(Ass.) Researcher - Centre Marc Bloch, (An-Institute of the Humboldt University), Berlin

Research on deepening democracy in times of sustainability crises; collaboration (Sept 22 to Dec 23) with the Climate Change Centre Berlin in a project on climate policy and urban development

March 2024 until August 2024

Lecturer, education - Wien University

Teaching in the Master education program; about ”education for a sustainable democracy – by the methods of drama in education”

January 2020 until January 2022

Senior Lecturer, Youth and Childhood Studies - Stockholm University

Teaching (responsible for courses: B.A. Pedagogy) and research (democracy; sustainability; creativity/theatre; youth research: global intergenerational justice, climate movement)

Between August 2017 and February 2019

Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, Didactics, Arts/Drama Education - Stockholm University

Teaching (co-responsible for drama education training, new B.A. programme "Drama Education"/”Art didactics”; course responsibility and development of new courses on democracy, social and ecological sustainability, directing, play development, education, etc.)

Research (democracy; sustainability; creativity, drama education/theatre pedagogy; relationship between ethics, political philosophy and aesthetics)

Since August 2008

Artistic director of TP1 - Theatre & Pedagogy, Theory & Politics          

Working with drama in education; director and publicist (see also publications: ”Changing the social imagination”, documentation of the work of the institution)

2001 to 2003                                        

Lecturer and researcher at the Philosophical Seminar - University of Basel

Research and teaching

1998 to 2000                

Research Fellow - École Normale Supérieure, Paris                      

On the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty (teachers: Alain Badiou, Pierre Bourdieu, Claude Imbert)           

1994 to 1997

Tutor at the Institute of Philosophy - Free University of Berlin at the Chair of Michael Theunissen (Critical theory; theories of modernity; Hegel; social philosophy, metaphysics)      



June 2015

PhD in Human Sciences (philosophy, pedagogy, aesthetics), submitted to the Faculty of Humanities

PhD student at Humboldt University Berlin and Charles University Prague

”Being humane as a political, aesthetical and educational idea”, Transcript, Bielefeld

June 2012

Master in Education with a specialisation in "Drama Education"

Stockholm University

June 2008

Social work/pedagogy

Sigtuna Folkhögskola, Sweden

July 1998

Magister Artium in Philosophy, Theatre and Film Studies and Protestant Theology           

Free University of Berlin

July 1992

Matura with specialisation in Latin and Greek

Cantonal School St.Gallen, Switzerland

I was born on 20 November 1972 in Heiden, Switzerland, and grew up in Switzerland (St.Gallen) and partly in Sweden (Stockholm). 

From my education and work experience, I have a double qualification: on the one hand, I have a PhD in philosophy (democracy, sustainability) and (drama in) education/pedagogy; on the other hand working as a drama in education and theatre teacher as well as social worker with several years of experience and training.

Climate politics and democracy research in the context of the urgency postulate of multiple crises


(Some recent books and articles)

Fopp, David (2024): The Youth Climate Uprising – from the School Strike Movement to an Ecophilosophy of Democracy. Bielefeld: transkript Verlag (in cooperation with Columbia University Press).

Fopp, David (2022): „What kind of democracy“? Lecture at the conference on sustainability transformation by Researchers Desk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heuGyax7m_o

Fopp, David (2021): Gemeinsam für die Zukunft. Fridays For Future und Scientists For Future. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.

Fopp, David (2020): »The core of a united global climate movement«. In: Resilience, 2021. www.resilience.org/stories/2020-01-10/the-core-of-a-united-globalmovement-reacting-to-the-ecological-and-climate-crisis/

Fopp, David (2020): Changing the social imaginary. Edition TP1, Stockholm.

Fopp, David (2016): Menschlichkeit als ästhetische, pädagogische und politische Idee. Bielefeld: Transcript.

Fopp, David (2013): „Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Anwesen und Gestalt“, in: Thomä, Dieter (Hrsg.): Heidegger-Handbuch. Stuttgart: Metzler. S. 437-444.

More publications are here and on www.davidfopp.com