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

Lövbrand, E., Beck, S., Chilvers, J., Forsyth, T., Hedrén, J., Hulme, M., Lidskog, R, Vasileiadou, E. (2015): Taking the human (sciences) seriously: Realizing the critical potential of the Anthropocene. Global Environmental Change 32, 211-218.

Beck, S., Forsyth, T. (2015): Democratizing Global Assessments: the IPCC and adaption. In: Hilgartner, S. et al. (eds.): Science and Democracy. Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond. London: Routledge.

Geden, O., Beck, S. (2015): Klimapolitik am Scheideweg. Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 31-32/2015, 12-18.

Masson, T., Centgraf, S., Rauschmayer, F. (2015): Mitglieder-Zuwachspotenzial für Energiegenossenschaften in Deutschland? Zeitschrift für das gesamte Genossenschaftswesen 65, 191-208.

Leßmann, O., Masson, T. (2015): Sustainable consumption in capability perspective: Operationalization and empirical illustration. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 57, 64-72.

Kammerlander, M., Schanes, K., Hartwig, F., Jäger, J., Omann, I., O'Keefe, M. (2015): A resource-efficient and sufficient future mobility system for improved well-being in Europe. European Journal of Futures Research 3:8. DOI 10.1007/s40309-015-0065-x.

Rauschmayer, F., Bauler, T., Schäpke, N. (2015): Towards a thick understanding of sustainability transitions — Linking transition management, capabilities and social practices. Ecological Economics 109, 211-221.

Rauschmayer, F., Omann, I. (2015): Well-being in sustainability transitions: making use of needs. In: Syse, K.L., Mueller, M.L. (eds.): Sustainable consumption and the good life: interdisciplinary perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge, 111-125.

Rode, J., Gómez-Baggethun, E., Krause, T. (2015): Motivation crowding by economic incentives in conservation policy: A review of the empirical evidence. Ecological Economics, in press.

Rode, J., Le Menestrel, M., van Wassenhove, L., Simon, A. (2015): Ethical Analysis for Evaluating Sustainable Business Decisions: The Case of Environmental Impact Evaluation in the Inambari Hydropower Project. Sustainability 7, 10343-10364.

Partzsch, L., Weiland, S. (eds.) (2015): Macht und Wandel in der Umweltpolitik. Sonderband der Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 26.

Weiland, S., Partzsch, L. (2015): Zum Nexus von Macht und Wandel. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 26, 225-235.

Adelle, C., Weiland, S. (2015): Sustainability assessment at the policy level. In: Morrison-Saunders, A. et al. (eds.): Handbook of Sustainability Assessment. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 103-124.