Speakers at the 2012 Berlin Conference

Jan Bakkes, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, PBL

Jan Bakkes specialises in assessing and processing environmental information to be used in decision-making. For example, he led Getting into the Right Lane for 2050, a high-profile back casting study into the key challenges facing the current European Commission. Jan is senior project leader at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). He has worked with the OECD (Paris) and the World Bank (Washington DC) and was associated with UNEP (Nairobi) for a long period of time. These organisations he helped to kick-start broad-based assessments and outlooks for the future, such as the OECD Environmental Outlook. Jan is currently assisting the China Council for International Collaboration on Environment and Development (CCICED) in developing agenda-setting, broad assessments. Among other roles, Jan is vice-president of The Integrated Assessment Society (TIAS) and serves on the project Vision RD4SD, which seeks to address the question ‘how to harness research and development for sustainable development’.

Peter Biegelbauer, Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Peter Biegelbauer is Senior Scientist at the Department for Foresight and Policy Development of the Austrian Institute of Technology in Vienna, Austria. He is working on issues of policy analysis, public administration, evaluation and policy-oriented learning in innovation und infrastructure policy with a special focus on instruments supporting policy learning. He is regularly working as an evaluator for a number of national and international social science journals and as a referee for several international and national science funding bodies such as the European Science Fund and the European Commission’s DG Research. He teaches at the Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck on social learning and public policy making, comparative politics and social science methods. He is engaged in the Austrian Political Science Association, has served as its Secretary General 2000 and 2001, and is speaker of the Section „Politics and Public Administration“. Since 2010 he has been editor of the Austrian Political Science Journal. His most recent book „Wie lernt die Politik – Lernen aus Erfahrung in Politik und Verwaltung“ is published this fall with VS Verlag, Wiesbaden.

Frank Biermann, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Frank Biermann is professor and head of the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU Amsterdam, and visiting professor at Lund University. He is also the founding chair of the series of Berlin Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, which started in 2001; the general director of the Netherlands Research School for Socio-economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE); and chair of the Earth System Governance Project, a ten-year research effort under the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. His most recent books are the co-edited volumes Managers of Global Change: The Influence of International Environmental Bureaucracies (MIT Press, 2009); International Organizations in Global Environmental Governance (Routledge, 2009); Global Climate Governance Beyond 2012 (Cambridge UP, 2010); Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development (Elgar, 2012); and Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered (MIT Press, 2012).

Arnold Bregt, University of Wageningen

Arnold Bregt (1959) has a Doctors (1992) degree from Wageningen University. In 1998 he became halftime professor in Geo-information science at the Wageningen University, followed by a fulltime position in 2002. In 2001 he was appointed as guest professor at the Huazhong University in Wuhan, China. Through his work he has been involved in international projects, consulting missions and lecturing in countries, like: China, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Vietnam and Cameroon, Japan. In the period 1993-1994 he was a visiting scientist for about a year at National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences in Tsukuba, Japan. He wrote around 250 publications on spatial statistics in soil science, spatial data uncertainty, spatial-temporal modelling, spatial data infrastructures and the application of geo-information science in the natural resources domain. His current research interests are Spatial data infrastructures,  Land use modelling and spatial thinking. The last years he was and is strongly involved in a number of projects and activities concerning the development of the Spatial data infrastructures (SDI). He was one of the initiators and project leaders of the Dutch Clearinghouse for geo-information. Within Europe he has been involved in a number of working groups related to SDI developments. In the INSPIRE (The INfrastructure for SPatial InfoRmation in Europe) initiative of the EU-commission he was chairman of the Impact analysis working group. He was also one of the initiators of the Research programme “Space for geo-information”, which was granted a subsidy of 20 million euro in 2003.  In 2010 he was appointed as programme leader for the “sustainable green and blue environment” research programme.

David W. Cash, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Boston, USA

David W. Cash was appointed a Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities by Governor Deval Patrick in June, 2011. The DPU is an adjudicatory agency, charged with regulating gas and electric utilities and implementing new clean energy mandates. Prior to this appointment Dr. Cash was the Undersecretary for Policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). In this role, Dr. Cash advised the Secretary of Energy and Environment on an array of issues including energy, land management, water management, oceans, wildlife and fisheries, air and water quality, climate change, environmental and energy dimensions of transportation, and waste management. He was one of the architects of clean energy legislation and implementation in the first term of the Patrick-Murray Administration, including the Green Communities Act, the Global Warming Solutions Act, the Green Jobs Act and the Clean Energy Biofuels Act. Recently, he led the Secretariat’s effort in developing the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020, which provides a roadmap of policies and programs that will lower energy costs, create clean energy jobs, and reduce greenhouse gases. Prior to working for the Commonwealth, Dr. Cash was a research associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Public Policy, where he studied the role of science in environmental and energy policy. He also taught science in the Amherst, Massachusetts public schools from 1990-1993. He received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard in 2001, and a B.S. in biology from Yale University in 1987.

Peter De Smedt, SVR – Research Centre of the Flemish Government, Brussels, Belgium

Peter De Smedt has a background in environmental research on Ecological System Analyses (MSc. 1996, PhD candidate 1996-1999, KU Leuven BE). His major professional challenge is to connect science and policy. He applied his expertise in the fields of Integrated Water Management and Sustainable Development. On a broad range of regional and EU projects, involving foresight and integrated assessment, Peter works together with experts and stakeholders towards achieving a common understanding on non-sustainable trends, offering scenarios and integrated solutions to support policy-makers. From 2005 to 2007, he was also vice-chair of a European Science Foundation network on advancing Foresight Methodologies (COST Action A22) connecting more than 100 researchers from 22 countries. From 2007 to 2010, Peter worked as Scientific Officer at DG Research and Innovation (European Commission) on Impact Assessment tools in the area of socio-economic aspects of Environment and Sustainable Development. Currently he is responsible for foresight and sustainability assessment at the Research Centre of the Flemish Government in Brussels. He is also member of The Integrated Assessment Society (TIAS) for which he hosted an international workshop on global assessment methodology.

Prof. Anantha Duraiappah, International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)

Prof. Anantha Duraiappah is the Executive Director of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) in Bonn, Germany. He is an experienced environmental-development economist whose work largely focuses on the equity of access and use of ecosystem services. Prof. Duraiappah received his PhD in economics from the University of Texas in Austin, USA and currently holds a visiting professorship at Beijing Normal University, China in coupled systems modelling. He has published books on environmental and developmental issues as well as numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, and is presently an associate editor for “The Journal of Human Development and Capacity”. In his previous post as Chief of the Ecosystem Services and Economics Unit of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Prof. Duraiappah was involved in the initiation of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and has since then played a pivotal role in its approval process. He initiated the Inclusive Wealth Report and continues to successfully incorporate his expertise in fields related to the Green Economy, science-policy interaction, economics, development and ecosystem services into his work at IHDP.

Katharina Helming, Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany

Katharina Helming is senior researcher in the field of multifunctional land use and soil conservation. She is head of the impact assessment research group at the directorate of the Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Re­search (ZALF) in Müncheberg, Germany. Her interest is on research for poli­cy support in the area of land use incl. methods for sustainability impact as­sessment. Her preference is for the integration of environmental, social and economic aspects of land use with a combination of quantitative and qualita­tive methods. Katharina works on projects in Germany, Europe and China. She coordinated several large European research projects. She is coordinator of the Chinese-German Centre for Impact Assessment (CGCIA).

Christian Hey, German Advisory Council on the Environment, Berlin, Germany

Christian Hey is Secretary General of the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) and Chair of the EEAC Energy Working Group (European Environment and Sustainable Development Councils). He has studies political science and wrote his doctoral thesis on “Sustainable Mobility in Europe”. He has researched and published on EU Environment, Transport and Energy Policy  and Governance. From 1997 – 2001 he was EU Policy Director of the European Environment Bureau (EEB).

Leen Hordijk, Principal Adviser to the Director-General, Joint Research Centre, Brussels, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Leen Hordijk started at the JRC as the Director of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability in Ispra (Italy) in May 2008 and was appointed Principal Adviser to the Director-General of the JRC and Head of the Task Force on Modelling in September 2011. Before joining the European Commission, Professor Hordijk was from 2002-2008 the Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg, Austria. Prior to joining IIASA, he was Director of the Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research in the Netherlands and from 1991 until September 2011 professor in Environmental Systems Analysis at Wageningen University. He was also Chairman of the Social Science Research Council of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Leen Hordijk received his Ph.D. in economics from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Beginning in 1984, he pioneered the development of methods for linking environmental science and economics for integrated assessments of air pollution problems in Europe. The models he and his colleagues developed, mainly at IIASA in Austria, were widely used. His approaches are recognised as among the most effective ever developed for linking science and policy in international environmental affairs. He has also been engaged in regular short term stays for teaching in universities in the USA, China and Vietnam.

Klaus Jacob, Environmental Policy Research Centre, FU Berlin, Germany

Dr. Klaus JacobDr. Klaus Jacob is research director at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has been a senior research fellow at FFU since 1995. He is head of the research group on Policy Assessment which works on Impact Assessment, evidence-based policy making, strategies in environmental and sustainability policy, ecological modernization as well as innovation and lead markets. The work of the research group combines both fundamental research and political consulting. Klaus Jacob uses methods of policy analysis for his work in different issue areas: 1) Environmental Policy Integration, with a focus on the development and evaluation of impact assessment instruments, 2) Innovation in environmental policy and 3) Comparative analysis of sustainability strategies. He is co-coordinator of the European network of excellence LIAISE, which develops models in support of impact assessment and studies the conditions under which they can be employed (www.liaise-noe.eu). Klaus Jacob is chair of the steering committee of the Berlin Conference series on the Human Dimension of Global Environmental Change. He has been Lead Author for the Global Environmental Outlook 4 and reviewer for GEO 5 of the United Nations Environmental Program.

Martin Jänicke, Environmental Research Centre, FU Berlin, Germany

Professor Dr. Martin Jänicke, was promoted to professor of political science in 1970 and appointed professor of comparative analysis at the Free University in 1971. He was director to the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) from 1986 to 2007.
Jänicke was consultant to the German chancellor in 1974-76 and member of the Berlin House of Representatives from 1981-83. In 1999, he was appointed a member of the German Council of Environmental Advisors. Having served as vice chairman from 200 to 2004, he left the Council in 2008.
Jänicke has been a member of numerous scientific boards and councils, among others of the German UNESCO-Commission (1991-96) and of the National Committee for Global Change Research.  Jänicke is furthermore a member of the curatorship of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) and member of the Enquete Commission of the Federal Parliament on “Growth, Wealth and Quality of Life”. Presently he is advisor to the Chinese government on environmental affairs.

Sander Janssen, Alterra, Wageningen, Netherlands

Sander Janssen PhD,  is currently working as a team leader Earth Informatics at Alterra, and leading a team of experienced researchers, software engineers and remote sensing specialist in the field of integrated assessment, spatial data analysis, knowledge systems and environmental monitoring. He has a broad experience in different types of modelling techniques (i.e. crop growth simulation, bio-economic farm models, land use and land cover models, macro-economic models) and methods to link these types of models across scales and domains.  Furthermore, he has an interest in knowledge representation and knowledge engineering, that focus on making knowledge explicit and usable for end-users (i.e. policy makers, stakeholders, nature conservationists, general public, water managers).
Sander has researched cross-disciplinary communication required for achieving results in multi-disciplinary projects focused on model and knowledge integration. Currently, he is coordinating the LIAISE project on linking impact assessment tools to their use in impact assessment studies, coordinating Wageningen University and Research program on New Technologies (ICT, genomics, nano-technology), on their relevance for the life sciences domain and co-leading the IT team of AgMIP project (a global modelling project focusing on impacts on food security of climate change).

Jacques Jansen, Wageningen University, Alterra, Netherlands

Jacques Jansen graduated in 1975 as a hydrologist at Wageningen University. In the first part of his career he worked for the Dutch Government Service for Land- and Water Management on the design and evaluation of land use projects and policies on regional and national scales. After his return to Wageningen University and Research Centre in 1986, he was active in research programming and – management at several research institutes. From 2002-2004 he was leader of a Taskforce on quality assurance for models and data used by Wageningen UR in research projects commissioned by the National Environmental Planning Agency. From 2007-2011 he was Secretary General of the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER). Currently he works at the Alterra-team Earth Informatics where he combines his long-year experience as a practitioner and researcher in LIAISE and other projects with a focus on the use of scientific knowledge and information in public policy making and the relation with the scientific process.

Jacqueline McGlade, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Jacqueline McGlade became Executive Director of the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen in 2003. The EEA is a vital source of information for the European Commission, the European Parliament EU Member States and other EEA member countries in developing and implementing environment and climate policies, and in providing the knowledge base to help Europe make informed decisions about improving the environment and integrating environmental considerations into economic policies so as to develop along a sustainable low-carbon and resource efficient path. Professor McGlade is currently on leave from her post as Professor in Environmental Informatics in the Department of Mathematics at University College London. Prior to this, she was Director of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Sciences of the UK Natural Environment Research Council, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick, Director of Theoretical Ecology at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and Senior Scientist at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in the Federal Government of Canada.
Her research is focused on the governance of resources and environmental informatics with particular reference to ecosystems, marine resources and climate change. She has more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and more than 200 articles, books and legal submissions and has produced and presented a number of TV and radio series and programmes plus three feature films. She has been awarded international prizes and honours from Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Romania, Sweden, UK and the USA. Professor McGlade has held a number of key advisory roles and chairs at national level, including Trustee of the Natural History Museum and Board Member of the Environment Agency, at European level, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and at international levels including for the United Nations and the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research. She has also run her own company specialising in the area of software development and intelligence systems.

Jan-Marco Müller, European Commission, Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), Brussels, Belgium

Jan Marco Müller, German citizen, born in 1971, works since 16 March 2012 as Assistant to Professor Anne Glover, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission. Following his studies of Geography, Media Sciences and Spanish, he received a PhD in Geography from the University of Marburg (Germany) with a thesis about the impact of market liberalisation on the transport system of Colombia, funded with a grant of the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation. 2000-2004 he served as Assistant to the Scientific Director of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig (Germany). During this time he was instrumental in the foundation of the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER), the network of Europe’s largest environmental research centres, to which he served as Secretary in the first three years. 2004 he joined the European Commission on a temporary contact working as Research Programme and Communications Manager of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability in Ispra (Italy), which is one of the seven Institutes constituting the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s in-house science service. In 2007 he left the Commission to work as Head of Business Development & Public Relations at the Headquarters of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) in Wallingford (Oxfordshire), which under the roof of the Natural Environment Research Council is the UK’s centre of excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. In 2009 he was hired back by the Commission, now as an official, serving until January 2012 as Assistant to the Director-General of the Joint Research Centre, based at the JRC Headquarters in Brussels. Following a brief stay in the Interinstitutional Relations Unit of DG Research and Innovation, he joined the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) to support the recently appointed Chief Scientific Adviser in her tasks. Jan Marco Müller has fulfilled many scientific assignments, including having served four years on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board of the French national environmental research centre IRSTEA (formerly known as CEMAGREF) and as an Assistant Professor for Urban Geography at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá. He frequently lectures at universities and has published various articles, mainly about urban development issues.

Carsten Neßhöver, Department of Conservation Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany

Carsten Neßhöver works as  deputy head of the Department of Conservation Biology at the Helmholtz-Centrre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig Germany.
He studied geo-ecology at the University of Bayreuth and gained his Ph.D. at the same university in 2004, working on functional biodiversity and ecosystem funcitoning in experimental grasslands. Since then, he has been working at the UFZ and is responsible for developing the science-policy interface on biodiversity. As member of the interdisciplinary UFZ Science-Policy Expert Group, he coordinates the German Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research (www.biodiversity.de), a nationwide networking project fort he scientific community funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). He also leads a European project to create a Network of Knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe (www.biodiversityknowledge.eu), funded by the European Commission. Within an interdisciplinary team at the UFZ he was responsible for the scientific coordination of the global TEEB-study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (www.teebweb.org). The Science-Policy Expert Group at UFZ advises ministries and the EU Commission on science-policy interfaces, including the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Arthur C. Petersen, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and IVM Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Professor Arthur C. Petersen (1970) is Chief Scientist at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, PBL); Professor of Science and Environmental Public Policy in the IVM Institute for Environmental Studies at the VU University Amsterdam; Visiting Professor in the Centre for the Analysis of Time Series and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); and Research Affiliate in the Political Economy & Technology Policy Program of the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Over the past years, Petersen’s research has mainly been directed at managing uncertainties related to scientific knowledge. Following his studies in physics and philosophy, he obtained a PhD degree in atmospheric sciences at the Utrecht University in 1999, and another PhD degree in philosophy of science at the VU University Amsterdam in 2006. Currently, his research focuses on methodological questions pertaining to a wide range of models and on political science questions related to dealing with uncertainty in policymaking. Furthermore, over the past decade he has been active in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – both as an expert and as a member of Dutch government delegations to IPCC meetings – to reflect on the assessment of uncertainties in climate science.

Judith Petts, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Environmental Risk Management, University of Southampton, UK

Professor Judith Petts commenced at Southampton in October 2010 as Dean of the largest new Faculty encompassing Mathematics, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Education, Social Sciences, Economics, Politics and International relations. She is a member of the University Executive Group. Prior to this she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the Research and Knowledge Transfer portfolio at the University of Birmingham. Her research over some 30-years has sat at the interface between the formal and expert approaches to environmental risk governance and the social dimensions. Two primary strands make up the work: public risk communication and engagement and societal response to environmental and health hazards. The research has engaged with multiple contexts including climate change; energy; waste management; land contamination; natural hazards, health and wellbeing. The research has been inherently interdisciplinary working with scientists and engineers on a regular basis. It has had direct policy impact in terms of science communication and public engagement. She has held multiple research council and government advisory appointments over the years. She is currently a member of Defra’s Science Advisory Council, Chairs the Defra/DECC social science panel, and is a member of EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Network. In 2011 she completed a term of 6 years as a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.

Claudio Radaelli, Centre for European Governance, University of Exeter, UK

Claudio Radaelli is Professor of Political Science at the University of Exeter, where he directs the Centre for European Governance, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Prior to Exeter, he was Professor of Public Policy at the University of Bradford and directed the Forum on International Regulatory Competition and Cooperation at the European University Institute, Florence (2002-2003). Claudio chairs the ECPR Standing Group on Regulation & Governance. He is the co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research – a major political science  journal. Over the last five years or so, Claudio published several articles on policy learning, Europeanisation, regulatory reform, and two books on research design in the social sciences and   European Studies. Currently, he leads on a major research project funded by the European Research Council on Analysis of Learning in Regulatory Governance.

Uwe Schneidewind, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany

Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind, is president of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and Professor for Sustainable Transition Management at the University of Wuppertal.
Born 1966 in Cologne/Germany, he studied Business Administration at the University of Cologne and HEC/Paris between 1986 and 1991. In 1991-1992 he was a Strategic Consultant in Environmental Management at Roland Berger & Partner in Düsseldorf before becoming a researcher at the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWO-HSG) at University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Here he also wrote his PhD and Habilitation on strategic environmental management issues. From 1998 to 2010 Uwe Schneidewind held a full-time Professorship position for Production Management and the Environment at the University of Oldenburg and between 2004 and 2008 was President of the University.
Uwe Schneidewind is i.a. a member of the Club of Rome and of the Steering Group of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network. He is part of the expert group for the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development. From 2008 until 2012 he was head of the Government Commission on Climate Change of the State of Lower Saxony. His latest book “Nachhaltige Wissenschaft  (Sustainable Science)” analyses the status of sustainability science in the German science system.

Toddi Steelman, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Toddi A. Steelman is Executive Director and Professor at the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She has a Ph.D. from Duke University, a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University. Prior to joining the University of Saskatchewan, she was Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Policy within the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on improving the governance of environmental and natural resources, with an emphasis on science, policy, and decision making interactions. She places special emphasis on the role of the public and community in decision making. Current and past research and outreach projects have included climate change adaptation, disaster resilient communities, risk and crisis communication, wildfire preparedness, watershed remediation and management, land and open space protection, national forest planning, community forestry, and biodiversity conservation. She is author of Implementing Innovation: Fostering Enduring Change in Environmental and Natural Resource Governance (Georgetown University Press, 2010). She is the co‐author of Knowledge and Environmental Policy: Re‐Imagining the Boundaries of Science and Politics (MIT Press, 2010), Collaborative Environmental Management: What Role for Government? (Resources for the Future, 2004), and Adaptive Governance: Integrating Science, Policy and Decision Making (Columbia University Press, 2005) and numerous journal articles and book chapters. In 2011 she was selected as the most outstanding teacher in the College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University. In 2008, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, where she worked on biodiversity conservation issues in the greater Vancouver region. She is currently the editor in chief of the journal Policy Sciences.

Mark Swilling, Sustainability Institute, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa

Mark Swilling is appointed as Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch (www.sopmp.sun.ac.za) and Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute (www.sustainabilityinstitute.net). He is responsible for the design and implementation of a Master’s and Doctoral Program in Sustainable Development that gets delivered at the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He also heads up the TSAMA Hub, a new Center for the transdisciplinary study of sustainability and complexity at Stellenbosch University (www.tsama.org.za). The TSAMA Hub hosts a new transdisciplinary Doctoral Program that involves collaboration between seven of Stellenbosch University’s Faculties. Professor Swilling obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick in 1994 and has published several books, 54 book chapters and 37 journal articles.

Axel Volkery, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), Brussels, Belgium

Axel Volkery is a Senior Fellow and Head of the Environmental Governance Programme at IEEP. Axel joined IEEP in October 2010 after previous employment with the European Environment Agency, the German Advisory Council on the Environment and the Environmental Policy Research Centre Berlin.  Axel has close to thirteen years of experience into ex-ante and ex-post evaluation, integrated environmental assessment and scenario analysis at the European and national level. He has worked across a broad range of policy fields including climate change, energy, transport, water and biodiversity. He was a lead author of the 2010 State of the European Environment and Outlook Report of the European Environment Agency and has contributed to the Manual of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He is overseeing IEEP’s work on strategic approaches to policy implementation, integration and coherence, climate- and biodiversity-proofing of public expenditure and financing instruments for the environment, eco-innovation and resource efficiency as well as impact assessment. He is involved in a number of IEEP policy dialogue processes in Brussels and regularly participates in external advisory groups. Axel holds a diploma and a PhD in Political Sciences from Free University of Berlin. He lives in Brussels.

Sabine Weiland, Environmental Policy Research Centre, FU Berlin, Germany

Sabine Weiland FotoDr. Sabine Weiland is a senior researcher at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the Freie Universität Berlin since June 2010. She is working on the project LIAISE (“Linking Impact Assessment Instruments and Sustainability Expertise”), a Network of Excellence (NoE) funded in the 7th EU-Framework Programme. In addition, she is engaged in various other research projects in the field of policy assessment, science-policy interface, and sustainability governance. Sabine Weiland has been working as a research fellow in various national and international projects, among others at the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI) at Sciences-Po in Paris, France and at the Centre de philosophie du droit at the Université Catholique Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Sabine also carried out research at the University of Hamburg, Germany, as part of the Social-ecological Research Programme (SÖF) which aims to develop strategies to solve social sustainability issues connecting ecological transformation of the society with social justice and economic demands. Moreover, Sabine 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, and as a visiting fellow in the Governance & Sustainability Programme at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Westminster University, London, UK. Sabine holds a Master degree in social sciences and a doctorate, both from University of Göttingen, Germany. Currently, she is working on her habilitation on “Reflexive Governance”. Her main research interests are in environmental politics, sustainability governance, reflexive governance, policy learning, policy assessment and the science-policy interface. Recently, she has been elected as a board member of the AK Umwelt/Global Change of the German Political Science Association.

Wang Yi, Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China

Prof. Dr. Yi WANG was born in 1962 in Beijing and graduated from Tsinghua University and Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is currently served as the Deputy Director-General of the Institute of Policy and Management (IPM) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) , and Deputy of the National People’s Congress of China (NPC, the legislation branch of Chinese Government). Prof. WANG is actively engaging in many aspects of China’s policy studies. His research interests include strategic issues and public policy studies of sustainable development, especially in the fields of climate change and energy package, integrated river basin management, and comprehensive plan for the environment, resources and development. He is now in charge of several key programs, such as CAS strategic priority research program: Policy Research for Carbon Budget, the national S&T major project: Reform of Water Management System and Demonstration Research, the project of China Sustainable Energy Program of the Energy Foundation: On the Legislation of Addressing Climate Change in China. His research result has been contributed to forming and shaping many China’s current policies and institutional arrangements. He is also the lead author and editor of numerous publications including more than 30 books and more than 100 technical papers. His major publications include the annual China Sustainable Development Report (CSDR) and the China Study Report series. His works have been won several ministerial-level awards and the 4th Chinese Youth Science and Technology Award (1994).
Prof. WANG is holding the following posts: Team Leader and Chief Scientist of CAS China Sustainable Development Strategy Study Program (annual CSDR report) since 2006, Deputy Director of the CAS Climate Change Research Center since 2009, Deputy Director of the CAS Center for Sustainable Development Research since 2006, Deputy Director of the CAS Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Social and Natural Sciences since 2007, Adjunct Professor of the Center for China Studies of CAS and Tsinghua University since 2005, Adjunct Professor of CAS Graduate University since 2002. He is also serving as the standing member of the Board of Directors of several academic societies, member of the editorial board of several academic journals, and senior adviser to a dozen of international organizations and foundations such as UNDP, UNIDO, GEF, CCICED, World Bank, ADB, EU Delegation in China, AusAID, CIDA, WWF-China, WRI, Energy Foundation, and Ford Foundation.


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  • Key Dates:

    Deadline for paper abstracts: 1 April, 2012

    Notification of acceptance: 30 June, 2012

    Full papers due: 15 September, 2012

  • International Steering Committee

    Klaus Jacob, Chair Steering Committee (Environmental Policy Research Centre, Berlin, Germany)

    Sabine Weiland (Environmental Policy Research Centre, Berlin, Germany)

    Jan-Erik Wien (Alterra, Wageningen University, Netherlands)

    Andrew Jordan (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)

    Carlo Carraro (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Milan and Venice, Italy)

    Hubert Wiggering (Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Müncheberg, Germany)

    Frank Biermann (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)

    Ilan Chabay (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany)

    Markku Puupponen (PEER Secretary, Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki, Finland)

    Lin Zhen (IGSNRR, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China)