Research for the Environment

Dr. Heidi Wittmer

Division of Social Sciences
Department of Environmental Politics
Working Group Nature Conservation and Biodiversity
Working Group Governance & Institutions
UFZ Science-Policy Expert Group

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research − UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1629
fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 45 1629

Dr. Heidi Wittmer

Dr. Heidi Wittmer

Curriculum Vitae

since 2010

deputy head of the Department of Environmental Politics

since 2004

senior researcher at UFZ

12/2001 - 12/2003

post-doc researcher at UFZ


consultancy for the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn

1999 - 2001

senior researcher, Interdisciplinary Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Göttingen

1995 - 1998

Ph D. in Socio-economics of rural development, University of Göttingen


economist, Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO, Rome

1990 - 1993

DAAD-long term lecturer Univ. of Tunja in Colombia

1983 - 1989

Agricultural Sciences: B.Sc. (1985 Univ. Gießen) M.Sc. (1989 TU-Berlin)

Workshops Organised

  • Governance of Natural Resources in a Multi-Level Context, final conference of the GoverNat project, 20.-22.1.2010, Leipzig, Germany
  • International Science-Policy Interfaces for Biodiversity Governance, international workshop, 2.-4.10.2006, UFZ Leipzig
  • New Strategies for Solving Environmental Conflicts: Potentials for Combining Participation and Multicriteria Analysis, Summersymposium, 26.-28.6.2002, UFZ Leipzig
  • EU INCO-DEV International Workshop: Policy Options for the Sustainable Use of Coral Reefs and Associated Ecosystems, 19.-22.6.2000, Mombasa, Kenya

Teaching Experiences

  • 1990-98 a total of 25 lectures, seminars and workshops at universities, public administrations and non-governmental organisations covering: participatory methods in rural development, empirical social research, 'Farming Systems Development', agricultural economics and marketing, natural resource management
  • 2000 'learning cabinet' for interdisciplinary communication between natural social and legal sciences

New Publications of the Department

Albert, C., Aronson, J., Fürst, C., Opdam, P. (2014): Integrating ecosystem services in landscape planning – requirements, approaches, and impacts. Landscape Ecology 29, 1277-1285.

Albert, C., Neßhöver, C., Wittmer, H., Hinzmann, M., Görg, C. (2014): Sondierungsstudie für ein Nationales Assessment von Ökosystemen und ihren Leistungen für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft in Deutschland. UFZ, with K. Grunewald, O. Bastian (IÖR), Leipzig.

Beck, S., Borie, M., Esguerra, A., Chilvers, J., Heubach, K., Hulme, M., Görg, C. Climate Change and the Assessment of Expert Knowledge (2014): Does the IPCC Model Need Updating?

Geden, O., Beck, S. (2014): Renegotiating the global climate stabilization target. Nature Climate Change 4, 747-748.

Görg, C., Spangenberg, J.H., Tekken, V., Settele, J. (2014): Engaging local knowledge in biodiversity research: experiences from large inter- and transdisciplinary projects. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 39 (4), in press.

Spangenberg, J.H., Görg, C., Truong, D.T., Tekken, V., Bustamante, J.V., Settele, J. (2014): Provision of ecosystem services is determined by human agency, not ecosystem functions. Four case studies. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management 10 (1), 40-53.

Griewald, Y., Rauschmayer, F. (2014): Exploring an environmental conflict from a capability perspective. Ecological Economics 100, 30-39.

Lessmann, O., Rauschmayer, F. (Eds.) (2014): The Capability Approach and Sustainability. Routledge, London.

Priess, J.A., Hauck, J. (2014): Integrative scenario development. Ecol. Soc. 19 (1), Art. 12.

Jäger, J., Rounsevell, M.D.A., Harrison, P.A., Omann, I., Dunford, R., Kammerlander, M., Pataki, G. (2014): Assessing policy robustness of climate change adaptation measures across sectors and scenarios. Climatic change.

Wittmayer, J.M., Schäpke, N., van Steenbergen, F., Omann, I. (2014): Making sense of sustainability transitions locally. How action research contributes to addressing societal challenges. Critical Policy Studies.