Ludger Benighaus

Dipl. Geogr., certified mediator and facilitator
Ludger Benighaus

Research associate and project leader


+49 151 6146 6148
lbenighaus [at]

Completed projects (selection)

  • HiDALGO – HPC and Big Data Technologies for Global Systems
  • BIKE – Research project Citizens' Dialogue Nuclear Energy (1974 – 1983) – „Lessons from the past“
  • INFACT – Innovative, Non-Invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies
  • NEMO- New Emscher Mobility - Developing Integrated Scenarios towards a Sustainable Mobility in the Ruhr Valley
  • Beko - Citizen and public participation in the development of the integrated energy and climate protection concept of Baden-Wuerttemberg (BEKO)
  • Perception Fusion Energy - Perception of fusion energy among selected sections of the population
  • Energy game Energetika 2010
  • Workshop on „risk communication for upper federal authorities”
  • TA-SWISS Deep Geothermal Energy - Energy from the earth's interior: Deep geothermal energy as the energy source of the future?
  • NOMIRACLE - Novel Methods for Integrated Risk Assessment of Cumulative Stressors in Europe
  • Energy Concept: public participation of the cities Ludwigsburg und Rottenburg am Neckar
  • Risk and Hazard: Different perspectives of risk communication actors
  • INPROFOOD - Towards inclusive research programming for sustainable food innovations
  • Risk Network
  • Personal emergency planning in Germany: Emergency suitcase at hand?
  • BMZ- project - Online Discourse Genetically Modified Organism in Developing Countries

Professional focus

  • Facilitation and mediation of public participation and stakeholder processes
  • Planning of alternative conflict resolution and stakeholder engagement
  • Perception and communication of risks (mining, radioactivity, energy, nutrition, mining, environment)
  • Development of dialogue and communication structures
  • E-Learning, Blended Learning, virtual learning
  • Gerontology and demographic change

Professional experience and qualifications

  • 2016-2017 Visiting researcher in New Zealand at the University of Auckland, Auckland University, guest lectures and scientific work at e-learning center
  • 2016-2017 Research Associate High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) of the University of Stuttgart, e-learning-course High Performance Computing
  • 2016-2017 Educational designer in e-learning at Open Polytechnic Wellington, NZ
  • 2014-2015 Senior Researcher at the Department of Engineering and Environmental Sociology at the University of Stuttgart, Online Master Program "Planning and Public Participation"
  • Lecturer since 2012 at the University of Lueneburg
  • 2011/2012 Visiting Researcher in New Zealand at the University of Auckland, School of Population Health
  • 2011 Certified Online course at the University of Maastricht University "Risk Governance"
  • Since 2009 Lecturer at the online-program "Integrated Gerontology", University of Stuttgart, Department of Engineering and Environmental Sociology, Demography, empirical studies and Risk
  • 2007-2014 Lecturer University of Design in Schwaebisch-Gmuend
  • 2007-2010 Senior researcher at the Department of Engineering and Environmental Sociology at the University of Stuttgart
  • 2007-2012 Baden-Württemberg Certificate of the University of Stuttgart in Didactics and Teaching
  • 2007-2008 Lecturer at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Tübingen
  • Since 2005 Senior researcher and project manager DIALOGIK gGmbH
  • 2001-2004 Certificate-Course in Mediation at the Heidelberg Institute for Mediation (University of Heidelberg)
  • 2002-2004 Certificate-Course ”Person-centred Counselling“ in Heidelberg,
  • Since 2003 Lecturer at the Steinbeis University Berlin
  • since 2001 Foundation of ”Werkstatt für Kommunikation“ (chair and management)
  • 1999-2001 Consultant at the Institute for Organizational Communication IFOK Bensheim / Berlin
  • 1999 additional training in moderation
  • 1996-1999 Research Associate at the TU Chemnitz, Department of Social and Economic Geography
  • 1996-1999 Research Associate at the TU Chemnitz, Adult Education
  • 1996-1997 Research Associate Wismut Chemnitz, department for environment and recultivation
  • 1996 Diploma in Geography, Meteorology and Geology from the University of Bonn

Selected publications

  • Lyytimäki, J., Benighaus, L., Gómez, J. et al. Mining in the Newspapers (2021). Local and Regional Media Representations of Mineral Exploration and Mining in Finland, Germany, and Spain. In: Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (2021).
  • Benighaus, L.; Benighaus, C.; Kastl, L.; Baranski, M.; Kotilainen, J.; Mononen, T.; Kauppi, S.; Kontio, P.; Rodriguez, R.; Requejo, J.; Del Rio, V. (2018): Online Survey of public opinion in Finland, Germany and Spain.
  • Benighaus, C., Benighaus, L., Arnold, A., Hinderer, N., Sonnberger, M., Weimer-Jehle, W., Renn, O. (2016). Klimaschutz- und Energiekonzept: Bewertung und Priorisierung des Integrierten Klimaschutzkonzeptes der Stadt Rottenburg am Neckar. In: Benighaus, C., Wachinger, G., Renn, O. (Eds.). Bürgerbeteiligung Konzepte und Lösungswege für die Praxis, Frankfurt a. Main: Metzner, p. 123-134.
  • Renn, O., Benighaus, L., Benighaus, C. (2016). Teil C Was hat sich bewährt – Evaluation von Formaten und Verfahren. In: Benighaus, C., Wachinger, G., Renn, O. (Eds.), Bürgerbeteiligung Konzepte und Lösungswege für die Praxis, Frankfurt a. Main: Metzner, p. 301-311.
  • Benighaus, L.; Renn; Benighaus, Ch. (Hrsg., 2015): Gesundheitsrisiken im gesellschaftlichen Diskurs. EHV_Academic-Press).
  • Benighaus, C., Benighaus, L., Renn, O. (2015). Focus Groups, in: Stefan Hirschberg (Ed.), Energy from the Earth. Deep geothermal as a resource for the future? vdf Hochschulverl., (TA-Swiss, 62), Zürich, 2015, 381–397.