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PUBLISHED NOW: The Environment in Global Sustainability Governance – Perceptions, Actors, Innovations

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On the occasion of the Stockholm+50 Summit, Prof. Partzsch and OSI students organized a hybrid lecture series on the importance of political science for the environment and sustainability. The lectures of the international guest speakers were based on chapters for an edited volume, which is now published by Bristol University Press and can be downloaded for free.

News from Nov 24, 2023

With the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations has adopted far-reaching goals for sustainable development, the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are intended to link development and environmental agendas. The lecture series and edited volume focus on the resulting political tensions and synergies in key areas of global environmental governance, ranging from climate politics, growth critique and eco-feminism to the role of cities in implementing sustainable development. Internationally renowned scholars, such as Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and Philipp Pattberg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, introduce the different fields. Student interviews with them have been included in abbreviated form in the volume. For this teaching project, Lena Partzsch was awarded the 2023 Teaching Prize of the German Political Science Association (DVPW).


“This timely book vigorously tackles the central challenge of the SDGs: how to resolve the tension between development featuring economic growth and the limitations of the Earth’s atmospheric, marine and terrestrial systems.”

Oran Young, University of California, Santa Barbara


“This volume reveals the international community’s ongoing struggle to reconcile environmental, social and economic goals through the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is a must-read for anyone thinking about the challenge of reforming global sustainability governance beyond the SDGs.”

Michele Betsill, University of Copenhagen


The recordings of the guest lectures are freely available via YouTube.

Partzsch, L. (ed.). (2023). The environment in global sustainability governance: perceptions, actors, innovations. Bristol: Bristol University Press/Policy Press.

The chapters of the volume can be downloaded here (open access).

Thanks to all contributing authors:

Eva Alfredsson, PhD, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Dr. Mareike Blum, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

Prof. Maria Brockhaus, University of Helsinki

Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, PhD, Lund University

Prof. Paúl Cisneros, PhD, Instituto Nacional de Altos Estudios Nacionales

Prof. Maurie Cohen, PhD, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Sofia Cordero Ponce, PhD, Instituto Nacional de Altos Estudios Nacionales

Nopenyo E. Dabla, African Development Bank

PD Dr. Manuel Fischer, Eawag und Universität Bern

Prof. Dr. Andreas Goldthau, RIFS und Universität Erfurt

Javier Gonzales-Iwanciw, Universidad Nur in Bolivia

Mawa Karambiri, PhD, World Agroforestry Centre

Prof. Dr. Daniela Kleinschmidt, Universität Freiburg

Montserrat Koloffon Rosas, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Anna Kosovac, PhD, University of Melbourne

Prof. Dr. Markus Kröger, University of Helsinki

Dr. Sylvia Lorek, Sustainable Europe Research Institute

Prof. Sherilyn MacGregor, PhD, University of Manchester

Aino Ursula Mäki, University of Manchester

Dr. Jens Marquardt, TU Darmstadt

Prof. Lyla Mehta, PhD, Institute of Development Studies

Prof. Dr. Lena Partzsch, FU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Philipp Pattberg, Dr., Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Daniel Pejic, Melbourne Centre for Cities at the University of Melbourne

Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen, PhD, Natural Resources Institute Finland

Dr. Sabine Reinecke, Universität Freiburg

Claudia Ringler, PhD, International Food Policy Research Institute

Prof. Miranda Schreurs, PhD, TU München

PD Dr. Sandra Schwindenhammer, Universität Giessen

Prof. Dr. Alice B.M. Vadrot, Universität Wien

Shiney Varghese, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, US, und High Level Panel of Experts to the UN Committee on World Food Security

Thanks to all participating students:

Elanur Alsaç

Myrodis Athanassiou

Jana Beier

Ettore Benetti

Johanna Carrasco Saravia

Wonyoung Cho

Emmanuel Dahan

Julie Duval

Liam Gavin

Sofie Jokerst

Elizaveta Kapinos

Laura Kräh

Ruth Krötz

Maike Laengenfelder

Caroline Landolt

Rosa-Lena Lange

Estefanía Lawrance Crespo

Kathrin Lehmann

Maren Lorenzen-Fischer

Marco Aurélio Duarte Mayer

Felix Nütz

Silvia Panini

Arthur Saillard


We also thank the numerous anonymous reviewers for their constructive feedback on the chapters and the book!

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