Claudia studied Sociology at the University of Leipzig in Germany. Afterwards she worked as a political advisor in the fields of environmental policy. Since 2013 Claudia has been working as a research associate at the Transport and Spatial Planning Institute at the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt. During this time she took part in different research projects with a strong focus on sustainable mobility and transport policy (e.g. electromobility, bike sharing, digitization of transport, mobility justice). Her particular interest is on social science based mobility research. Claudia holds a PhD from the Department of Human Geography at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Her PhD thesis was about the influence of multi-local housing on mobility behavior.
Claudia is also founder of the initiative “Ella – Lastenräder für Erfurt” – a free cargo bike sharing service in the city of Erfurt. “Ella” shows how car-free life in urban areas can work without foregoing the comfortable transport of large or heavy goods. Ella also shows how the voluntary commitment of citizens can have a very practical influence on local transport policy.