Prof. Dr. Lars Gerhold

Principal Investigator

Lars Gerhold is Professor for the Psychology of Sociotechnical Systems at the Technical University of Braunschweig and Scientific Director of the Forschungsforums Öffentliche Sicherheit and the Future Security Lab. Previously, he was Professor of Interdisciplinary Security Research at the Free University of Berlin. He conducts research on safety-critical socio-technical systems, perception and management of risk and in-security, digitalisation of civil protection, technology assessment, knowledge transfer & science communication. He is Principal Investigator at the Weizenbaum Institute and the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF). Lars Gerhold has led numerous inter- and transdisciplinary research networks in civil security research and edits the Schriftenreihe Sicherheit (





Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institut für Psychologie, Lehrstuhl Psychologie soziotechnischer Systeme

Fraunhofer Fokus / TU Braunschweig

Relevant Projects


Relevant Publications

Gerhold, Lars et al. (Eds.) (2022). Standards of Futures Research: Guidelines for Practice and Evaluation. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Gerhold, Lars & Brandes, Edda (2021). Socio-technical Imaginaries of a Secure Future. European Journal Futures Research, 9, 7. DOI: 10.1186/s40309-021-00176-1

Wahl, Stefanie & Gerhold, Lars (2021). Katastrophenkommunikation und soziale Medien im Bevölkerungsschutz. Schriftenreihe „Forschung im Bevölkerungsschutz“, Bonn: Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe. ISBN: 978-3-949117-02-2

Steinmüller, Karlheinz & Gerhold, Lars (2021). Existentielle Gefahren für die Menschheit als Gegenstand für die Zukunftsforschung. Zeitschrift für Zukunftsforschung (1/2021). urn:nbn:de:0009-32-52752

Gerhold, Lars; Peperhove, Roman & Brandes, Edda (2020). Using Scenarios in a Living Lab for improving Emergency Preparedness. Proceedings of the 7th ISCRAM Conference. Blacksburg, VA, USA May 2020, S. 568–579.

Gerhold, Lars; Bauer, Karolin & Brinkmann, Anna (2019). Lebensmittelversorgung in Krisen und Katastrophen. Versorgung der Bevölkerung mit Lebensmitteln in OECD-Ländern im Falle von Großschadensereignissen. Forschung im Bevölkerungsschutz, Band 22. Bonn: Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe. ISBN-13: 978-3-939347-89-7

Gerhold, Lars; Schmidt, Tatjana & Brandes Edda (2019). Making Use of Foresight to Capture the
Co-Evolution of Security Technologies and Societal Development. 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Technology in Society (ISTAS) Proceedings, S. 1–5. DOI: 10.1109/ISTAS48451.2019.8937996

Gerhold, Lars; Wahl, Stefanie & Dombrowsky, Wolf R. (2019). Emergency Food Preparedness in

Germany. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Volume 37, 101183. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101183

Kox, Thomas; Lüder, Catharina & Gerhold, Lars (2018). Anticipation and Response. Emergency Services in Severe Weather Situations in Germany. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. 9 (1), S. 116–128. DOI: 10.1007/s13753-018-0163-z

Gerhold, Lars; Bartl, Gabriel & Haake, Nels (2017). Security Culture 2030. How security experts assess the future state of privatization, surveillance, security technologies and risk awareness in Germany. Futures, Volume 87, März 2017, S. 50–64. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2017.01.005

Kox, Thomas; Gerhold, Lars & Ulbrich, Uwe (2014). Perception and use of uncertainty in severe weather warnings by emergency responders in Germany. In Atmospheric Research, 158–159, S. 292–301. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2014.02.024