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. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – 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, Vol. 39, No. 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: in: 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.