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Dr. Javier Francisco

University of Freiburg
Graduate School “Empires”,
affiliated with the Department of History
European empires and socio-ecological transformations

Member of the Young Academy for Sustainability Research
October 2021 - September 2023


Javier Francisco is a historian for European imperial history and its socio-ecological repercussions. Among his research interests are: the ecological impact of land-use, historical biodiversity assessment (terrestrial and maritime), global processes of transfer of knowledge, indigenous and local agency, imperial conflicts and social transformations. Additionally, his inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation includes projects related to post-imperial power asymmetries, ecological legacies and sustainability. His cooperation partners worked for the GiZ (development cooperation agency), Fraunhofer Institut and ScientistForFuture. His academic career stages include: the University of Tübingen (master’s degree), the Freie Universität Berlin (PhD), Columbia University and Colegio de México (Visiting Scholar), the Max-Weber Kolleg in Erfurt and the University of Freiburg. He has conducted archival work in Buenos Aires, Paris, Sevilla, Den Haag and Vatican City. In his spare time, he likes sports (volleyball, badminton), jazz, fantasy, science-fiction (Star Trek, Asimov, The Expanse), animals and social gatherings.

Selected Publications

  • Current book project: House of Cards: Europe’s Friction-Based Rule in the Americas.
  • “Conceptual Framework For Biodiversity Assessments in Global Value Chains,” in: Sustainability, vol. 11/7: 2019. With: Stephanie Maier (Fraunhofer Institut), Jan P. Lindner (Bochum University of Applied Sciences). [open-access:].
  • Die spanisch-amerikanische Jesuitenuniversität in Córdoba, Argentinien – transatlantische Verflechtungen und gesellschaftliche Verankerung in der Kolonialzeit. Stuttgart: 2018.
  • “Methodological Approach for the Sustainability Assessment of Development Cooperation Projects for Built Innovations Based on the SDGs and Life Cycle Thinking,” in: Sustainability, vol. 8/10: 2016. With: Stephanie Maier (University of Bayreuth), Tabea Beck (University of Stuttgart) et al. [open-access:].