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Multi Level Governance-Perspective on management of nuclear waste disposal. A Comparative Analysis: Actors, Instruments and Institutions


Environmental Policy Research Centre


BMBF (project number 02S9082B)

Jan 01, 2013 — Dec 31, 2017
Contact Person:
Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, PD Dr. Achim Brunnengräber

Sub-Project of the research platform "Disposal options for radioactive  waste material"



Project Description

The Environmental Policy Research Centre participates in a large joint project with major German institutes ”Establishment of a research platform for nuclear waste material: Interdisciplinary analysis and development of criteria for assessment”.

Aim of the sub-project is primarily the policy and social analysis of the development of a strategy for a nuclear waste storage solution in Germany under participation of relevant stakeholders. Next to the identification of the key actors and of their interests, responsibilities, value system, views and expectations, paths for a constructive dialogue and problem solving approaches will be investigated and discussed. A focal point will be the analysis of acceptance and conflicts and possible regulation mechanisms.

 Lessons for policy will be derived from a comparative Multi Level Governance analysis of nuclear waste storage concepts with special emphasis on policy instruments (e.g. regulation of retrievability, safety criteria, monitoring systems, compensation solutions) and institutions. The determinants for failure and success of the analysed instruments will be compared and assessed at international level. Experiences with “best practice“character will flow into the formulation of policy recommendations. 

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Project Partners:

  • Niedersächsische Technische Hochschule (NTH)
  • Technische Universität Clausthal (TUC)
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH)
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig (TUBS)
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU)
  • risicare GmbH



Brunnengräber, A. (2013): Die Anti-AKW-Bewegung im Wandel. Neue Herausforderungen durch die Endlagersuche für radioaktive Abfälle, in: Forschungsjournal NSB-Plus, 2013 (www.fjnsb.org/node/2036)

Schreurs, M.A. (2013): The International Reaction to the Fukushima Nuclear Accident and Implications for Japan, in: Yoshida, F.; Schreurs, M. (Ed) (2013): Fukushima: A Political Economic Analysis of a Nuclear Disaster, Sapporo: Hokkaido University Press, pp. 1-20.

Yoshida, F.; Schreurs, M.A. (Eds) (2013): Fukushima: A Political Economic Analysis of a Nuclear Disaster, Sapporo: Hokkaido University Press

Schreurs, M.A. (2013): Orchestrating a Low-Carbon Energy Revolution Without Nuclear: Germany’s Response to the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis, in: Theoretical Inquires in Law, Vol. 14, Issue1, 83-108

Brunnengräber, A., Mez, L., Di Nucci, M.R., Schreurs, M. (2012): Nukleare Entsorgung: Ein „wicked“ und höchst konfliktbehaftetes Gesellschaftsproblem, in: Technikfolgeabschätzung – Theorie und Praxis, Nr. 3, 21. Jahrgang - Dezember 2012, Heft 3, S. 59-64 (PDF download)

Click here for pictures and presentations of the 18th meeting of the Reform Group in Salzburg.