Professorship for Governance and Sustainability

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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. 2022
  2. Published

    Case study meta-analysis in the social sciences. Insights on data quality and reliability from a large-N case survey

    Jager, N. W., Newig, J., Challies, E., Kochskämper, E. & von Wehrden, H., 01.2022, In : Research Synthesis Methods. 13, 1, p. 12-27 16 p.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

  3. 2021
  4. E-pub ahead of print
  5. Published

    Participation in multi-level policy implementation: exploring the influence of governance culture

    Gollata, J. A. M., Kochskämper, E., Jager, N. W. & Newig, J., 06.12.2021, In : Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 64, 14, p. 2593-2617 25 p.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Success of collaboration for sustainable agriculture: a case study meta-analysis

    Velten, S., Jager, N. W. & Newig, J., 10.2021, In : Environment, Development and Sustainability. 23, 10, p. 14619–14641 23 p.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

  7. E-pub ahead of print

    Two degrees and the SDGs: a network analysis of the interlinkages between transnational climate actions and the Sustainable Development Goals

    Coenen, J., Glass, L-M. & Sanderink, L., 27.07.2021, In : Sustainability Science. 22 p.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

  8. Published
  9. E-pub ahead of print
  10. Published

    Contextualizing certification and auditing: Soy certification and access of local communities to land and water in Brazil

    Schilling-Vacaflor, A., Lenschow, A., Challies, E., Cotta, B. & Newig, J., 01.04.2021, In : World Development. 140, 12 p., 105281.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

  11. Published

    The knowledge transfer potential of online data pools on nature-based solutions

    Schröter, B., Zingraff-Hamed, A., Ott, E., Huang, J., Hüesker, F., Nicolas, C. & Schröder, N. J. S., 25.03.2021, In : Science of the Total Environment. 762, 143074.

    Research output: Journal contributionsScientific review articlesResearch

  12. Published

    Systematic learning in water governance: insights from five local adaptive management projects for water quality innovation

    Kochskämper, E., Koontz, T. M. & Newig, J., 03.2021, In : Ecology and Society. 26, 1, 13 p., 22.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

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