Research for the Environment


Dipl.-Lök. Jenny Schmidt 

PhD candidate

Division of Social Sciences
Department of Environmental Politics
Working group Nature Conservation & Biodiversity
Working group Landscape Ecology / Ecological Planning, University of Muenster

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

Tel.: ++49 - 341 - 235 1406
Fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 45 1406

Jenny Schmidt

Research Interests

  • Green infrastructure, biodiversity in agricultural landscapes, environmental planning
  • Land-use conflicts and participatory methods
  • European and German environmental and agricultural politics
  • Science communication, transfer and ethics

Curriculum Vitae

since 2013

PhD candidate, Department of Environmental Politics, UFZ

2008 - 2012

Arvato direct services GmbH, Muenster, customer service, coaching and quality management

2003 - 2004,
2005 - 2006

Research in South Africa

2000 - 2012

Studies of landscape ecology, political science and social geography at the University of Muenster

Current Project

European Conservation for the 21st century (BiodivERsA): WP 6: Socio-political scenarios for the local implementation of landscape conservation

In our sub-project „Green Infrastructure – creating habitats with agriculture“ we study implementation options of the EU-strategy for Green Infrastructure. We cooperate with local land-users and regional stakeholders and conduct a policy analysis.


Schmidt, J.A. & Buttschardt, T.K. (2011): Addressing the information needs of small-scale rooibos farmers in rural South Africa can help to combat desertification and improve livelihoods. In: Runge, J. & Becker, E. (Ed.): Afrika 2010 – Natürliche Ressourcen und nachhaltige(?) Entwicklung. Jahrestagung der Afrikagruppe deutscher Geowissenschaftler (AdG) 2010 in Frankfurt. Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie, 1, 2009 (1/2).

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