Johanna Ickert


Transtechnology Research,
Room B312 Portland Square,
University of Plymouth,
Drake Circus,


Johanna Ickert is a documentary filmmaker and cultural anthropologist with a major interest in the trans-disciplinary potential of interactive audiovisual media in the field of georisks, environmental change and sustainability.

She received a diploma in Film and Television Direction from the Babelsberg Film University “Konrad Wolf” for an interactive documentary about the sociocultural aspects of climate change mitigation, as well as her full-length documentary about the public perception of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Germany.  She also holds a Master in Cultural Anthropology, Sociology and Media & Communication Studies from the Humboldt University Berlin and the Free University Berlin.

For ten years she has been working as a director, author and editor, exploring audiovisual media at the interface between scientific research and artistic practice. Her engagement with trans-disciplinary approaches in science communication builds on her studies as well as on her artistic experience. Besides her work as independent filmmaker, she has been collaborating with NGOs, foundations and research institutes (among others Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), PROGRESS, BUND, Heinrich Böll Foundation, atmosfair).

Since November 2014 Johanna holds a position as Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and is a member of the Transtechnology Research Group.

Based within the ITN-ALErT virtual campus of geoscientists investigating the geological evolution of Turkey´s Anatolian Plateau, her PhD research will explore the potential of visual anthropological methods in the field of seismic risk communication.

As she is interested particularly in the social construction of vulnerability and resilience in the context of an increased urbanization, she will focus on the example of earthquake risk communication and mitigation in Istanbul, focussing one neighborhood in the district of Gaziosmanpaşa. Within a community based video approach, she will use different representations of seismic risk as tools, materials and communicative artefacts that enable to reveal complex and often invisible human-earth relationships. By approaching geo-communication research through this artistic, locally and practice-led method, she wants to explore different risk perceptions in ways that are able to reveal and translate across sociocultural contexts and contribute to novel strategies in geo-communication in the light of the Anthropocene.