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

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

Beck, S., Böschen, S., Kropp, C., Voss, M. (2013): Jenseits des Anpassungs-managements. Zu den Potenzialen sozialwissenschaftlicher Klimawandelforschung. Beyond adaptation management. What role(s) for social sciences in research on climate change? Reaktion auf zwei Artikel zur sozialwissenschaftlichen Anpassungsforschung. T. Grothmann et al. 2011. GAIA 20 (2): 84–90; U. von Winterfeld. 2012. GAIA 21 (3): 168–170, GAIA 22 (1), 8–13

Cornelissen, G., Bashshur, M.R., Rode, J., Le Menestrel, M. (2013): Rules or consequences? The role of ethical mind-sets in moral dynamics. Psychol. Sci. 24 (4), 482–488

Falaleeva, M., Rauschmayer, F. (2013): Evaluating environmental governance in a Belarusian World Bank biodiversity project. Environ. Conserv. 40 (2), 147–156

Hauck, J., Görg, C., Varjopuro, R., Ratamäki, O., Jax, K. (2013): Benefits and limitations of the ecosystem services concept in environmental policy and decision making: some stakeholder perspectives. Environ. Sci. Policy 25, 13–21

Hauck, J., Priess, J.A. (2013): „The most likely future isn’t“: Landnutzungsszenarien für Mitteldeutschland Raumforschung und Raumordnung

Jax, K., Barton, D.N., Chan, K.M.A., Doyle, U., Eser, U., Görg, C., Gómez-Baggethun, E., Griewald, Y., Haber, W., Haines-Young, R., Heink, U., Jahn, T., Joosten, H., Kerschbaumer, L., Korn, H., Luck, G.W., Matzdorf, B., Muraca, B., Neßhöver, C., Norton, B., Ott, K., Potschin, M., Rauschmayer, F., von Haaren, C., Wichmann, S. (2013): Ecosystem services and ethics. Ecol. Econ. 93, 260–268

Lessmann, D., Rauschmayer, F. (2013): Re-conceptualizing sustainable development on the basis of the capability approach: a model and its difficulties. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 14 (1), 95–114

Neßhöver, C., Timaeus, J., Wittmer, H., Krieg, A., Geamana, N., van den Hove, S., Young, J., Watt, A. (2013): Improving the science-policy interface of biodiversity research projects. GAIA 22 (2), 99–103

Weiland, S., Weiss, V., Turnpenny, J. (2013): Introduction: Science in policy making. Nat. Cult. 8 (1), 1–7