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. 2024
  2. Published

    Institutional Proxy Representatives of Future Generations: A Comparative Analysis of Types and Design Features

    Rose, M., 08.03.2024, In: Politics and Governance. 12, p. 1-21 21 p., 7745.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Umwelt-Governance und Partizipation

    Rose, M. & Newig, J., 13.01.2024, Handbuch Umweltsoziologie. Sonnberger, M., Bleicher, A. & Groß, M. (eds.). 2 ed. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, p. 759-774 16 p.

    Research output: Contributions to collected editions/worksChapter

  4. 2023
  5. Published

    Pathways to water sustainability? A global study assessing the benefits of integrated water resources management

    Bilalova, S., Newig, J., Tremblay-Lévesque, L-C., Roux, J., Herron, C. & Crane, S., 01.10.2023, In: Journal of Environmental Management. 343, 10 p., 118179.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Does stakeholder participation improve environmental governance? Evidence from a meta-analysis of 305 case studies

    Newig, J., Jager, N. W., Challies, E. R. T. & Kochskämper, E., 01.09.2023, In: Global Environmental Change : Human and Policy Dimensions. 82, 11 p., 102705.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    MSPs for the SDGs: Assessing the collaborative governance architecture of multi-stakeholder partnerships for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

    Glass, L-M., Newig, J. & Ruf, S., 01.08.2023, In: Earth System Governance. 17, 17 p., 100182.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    Participation in protected area governance: A systematic case survey of the evidence on ecological and social outcomes

    Huber, J. M., Newig, J. & Loos, J., 15.06.2023, In: Journal of Environmental Management. 336, 117593.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

  9. Published

    Toward spatial fit in the governance of global commodity flows

    Coenen, J., Sonderegger, G., Newig, J., Meyfroidt, P., Challies, E. R. T., Bager, S., Busck-Lumholt, L. M., Corbera, E., Friis, C., Frohn Pedersen, A., Laroche, P. C. S. J., Parra Paitan, C., Qin, S., Roux, N. & Zaehringer, J. G., 07.06.2023, In: Ecology and Society. 28, 2, 18 p., 24.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

  10. Published

    Toward the sustainability state? Conceptualizing national sustainability institutions and their impact on policy-making

    Mathis, O. L., Rose, M., Newig, J. & Bauer, S., 06.2023, In: Environmental Policy and Governance. 33, 3, p. 313-324 12 p.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

  11. Published

    Thesenpapier zum Fachgespräch zum Thema „Weiterentwicklung des Parlamentarischen Beirats für nachhaltige Entwicklung“

    Rose, M., 24.05.2023, 4 p.. No. 20(26)63, May 24, 2023.

    Research output: Memorandum/expositionQA/hearings

  12. 2022
  13. Published

    Environmental governance in globally telecoupled systems: Mapping the terrain towards an integrated research agenda

    Cotta, B., Coenen, J., Challies, E., Newig, J., Lenschow, A. & Schilling-Vacaflor, A., 01.08.2022, In: Earth System Governance. 13, 16 p., 100142.

    Research output: Journal contributionsScientific review articlesResearch

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