Sibylle is a PhD student at the chair of forest and environmental policy, University Freiburg supervised by Prof. Dr. Daniela Kleinschmit and Prof. Dr. Margaret Shannon. Her area of work is focusing on “Muße” within forests. Muße a German concept, I assume, is related to an individual time and place perception within forests. The Project is funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) and part of the “CRC 1015 Otium. Boundaries, Chronotopes, Practices” at University Freiburg.
Within the project “Muße in the forest: constructing a concept in history and presence” Sibylle is looking at the contemporary meaning of forests as a place and space for contemplation and leisure. The project, based on a micro sociological approach, aims to analyse the individual construction of forests as a space for Muße. The focus lays on identifying processes and factors that influence such a construction. The research methods used include qualitative (interviews) and quantitative (questionnaires) approaches.
Her expertise comprises Social Science, Outdoor Education and body work, specifically Yoga in natural environments. Before starting her PhD in Freiburg Sibylle graduated in Social Science (Diploma) and Outdoor Education (Masters). She lectured at various Universities of Applied Science (Jena and Nuremberg, Germany; Carmarthen, Wales) within Social Science and Outdoor education. Sibylle lived and worked abroad (Finland, UK) for several years as a freelancer and lecturer.
Sibylle is a board member of European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE) where she plays an active part within the European Outdoor Education Network.