Professorship for Governance and Sustainability

Organisational unit: Section

Organisation profile

The focus of our work is on participatory, cooperative and network-like communication and decision-making processes in the context of sustainable development. Problem-oriented, inter- and transdisciplinary research investigates structures, processes, context and results of governance. Our activities contribute to current conceptual debates and develop new methods of empirical research with a focus on the integration of knowledge through comparative and meta-analytical methods.


  • The effectiveness of participation in environmental decision-making processes
  • Collective leraning and social network analysis
  • Environmental and sustainability conflicts: mediation and consensus building
  • Issues of complexity and uncertainty os sustainability
  • Environmental information: monitoring and evaluation
  • Global and multi-level governance and institutional scaling processes
  • Public discourse and the role of the media
  • Transformation and decay of social-ecological systems
  • water resources management, coastal protection and management, land use and reuse of brownfield sites.
  1. NEWAVE - Next Water Governance

    Newig, J. & Bilalova, S.


    Funded by the EU HORIZON 2020 Programme (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019)

    GA 861509

    Project: Research

  2. Project: Other

  3. COUPLED - Operationalising telecouplings for solving sustainability challenges related to land use

    Newig, J., Coenen, J. & Challies, E.


    Funded by the EU HORIZON 2020 Programme (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017)

    GA 765408

    Project: Research

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