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Dr. Sabine Weiland

Sabine Weiland was a senior research fellow at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the Freie Universität Berlin from 2010-2014. She was working in various research projects in the field of environmental and sustainability governance, policy assessment and science-policy-interface. In addition, she was employed at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig since March 2013.

Before, Sabine Weiland worked at the Université Catholique Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (2008-2010), the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI) at Sciences-Po in Paris, France (2007-2008) and at the University of Hamburg (2005-2007). She was involved in various national, European and international research projects, among others in the EU-FP7-Projekt BASE (‘Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe’); the EU-FP7 Network of Excellence LIAISE (‘Linking Impact Assessment Instruments to Sustainability Expertise’) on policy assessment and evidence-based policy-making; and in the EU-FP6-Project REFGOV (‘Reflexive Governance in the Public Interest’) on policy integration and reflexivity of policy processes. Furtermore, she was involved in the German transdisciplinary research project ‘AgChange. Conflicts of the New Agricultural Policy’ on sustainability conflicts in agriculture, funded under the BMBF programme ‘social-ecological research’ (SÖF). Besides, she was a visiting fellow with several research programmes on governance and sustainability, among others as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for Research on Environmental Sustainability (CRES), Keele University, UK (September 2002 - June 2003), as visiting fellow at the Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University, NL (September 2006), and as a visiting fellow in the Governance & Sustainability Programme at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Westminster University, London, UK (May-July 2009).

Sabine Weiland holds a master degree in social science and received her doctorate from the University of Göttingen, Germany, with a thesis on the “Politics of Ideas”, a comparative study on sustainable development in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Currently, she is working on her habilitation on “Reflexive governance” in a sustainability context. Sabine Weiland teaches courses on environmental and sustainability politics at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of the FU Berlin. She is a Board Member of the AK Umwelt/Global Change of the German Political Science Association (DVPW), and was the Chair of the 2012 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimenstions of Global Enviornmental Change on ‘Evidence for Sustainable Development’.

Since February 2016, Sabine Weiland is Associate Professor at Lille Catholic University, France, see here.

Research interests

Sabine Weiland's main research interests are in:

  • environmental and sustainability politics;
  • sustainability governance, reflexive governance;
  • policy assessment;
  • policy learning;
  • science-policy interface;
  • climate change, agricultural policy, forest policy, natural resources management;
  • comparative and cross-national analysis

Research projects