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

  4. Rural development through governance of multifunctional agricultural land use (MULTAGRI). Work package 5: Governance challenges to encourage landscape-scale uptake of appropriate management actions

    Newig, J., Fischer, J. & Klein, A.


    ERA-NET RURAGRI, funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme. Work of Leuphana funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


    Project: Research

  5. Project: Practical Project

  6. REDD+ and the changing politics and economics of forest protection in Indonesia

    McGregor, A., Challies, E., Gavin, M., Weaver, S. & Tacconi, L.

    01.01.12 → …

    Project: Research

  7. EDGE - Evaluating the Delivery of participatory environmenal Governance using an Evidence-based research design

    Newig, J., Jager, N. W. & Challies, E.


    European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant

    ERC-2010-StG, Grant Agreement Number 263859-EDGE

    Project: Research

  8. Klimafolgenanpassung - Analyse der Entwicklung einer Klimaanpassungsstrategie für Niedersachsen

    Striegnitz, M., Saretzki, T. & Ebermann, V.


    Funded by the Ministry for Environment and Climate Protection of Lower Saxony

    Project: Research

  9. A-KÜST: Changes in the coastal climate - evaluation of alternative strategies in coastal protection, subproject 06: Perception and Cooperation

    Striegnitz, M., Schmidt, A., von Storch, H., Weisse, R., Mayerle, R., Sauter, M., Ptak, T., Schlurmann, T. & Meon, G.


    Funded by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony within the Programme "Climate impact and adaptation research in Lower Saxony" (KLIFF)

    Project: Research

  10. CAST - Climate trends and sustainable development of tourism in coastal and low mountain range regions

    Kreilkamp, E., Möller, A., Heinrichs, H. & Burandt, S.


    Funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research within the klimazwei Programme


    Project: Research