Anika Haverig


Anika Haverig is a sociologist with a long experience working in research management. After studying mathematics, social sciences and educational science in Bielefeld, she focused on sociology in her postgraduate phase – at the Universities of Canterbury (NZ) and Kent (UK). She maintained her close ties to academia and science working in the funding department at the Volkswagen Foundation. At THE NEW INSTITUTE, she is responsible for bringing the right people together at the right time and place.


What gives you hope?
That crises sometimes bring about capacities to act that have been undreamt of before.

How does change happen?
Change does not just happen; it is shaped and pushed by actors. Whether attempts at change are successful or fail very much depends on the actors who drive them. It is important to take other people’s “worlds” and perspectives into account when trying to create change.

What is the best advice you ever got?
At the end of the day, you need to be able to look at yourself in the mirror.


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