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.


Pe’er, G.; Dicks, L.V.; Visconti, P.; Arlettaz, R.; Baldi, A.; Benton, T.G.; Dieterich, M.; Gregory, R.D.; Hartig, F.; Henle, K.; Hobson, P.R.; Ibisch, P.L.; Kleijn, D.; Neumann, R.K.; Robeijns, T.; Schmidt, J.; Shwartz, A.; Sutherland, W.J.; Turbe, A.; Wulf F. & Scott, A.V. (2014): EU agricultural reform fails on biodiversity. Science 344 (6188), 1090-1092.

Hauck, J.; Schweppe-Kraft, B.; Albert, C.; Görg, C.; Jax, K.; Jensen, R.; Fürst, C.; Maes, J.; Ring, I.; Hönigová, I.; Burkhard, B.; Mehring, M.; Tiefenbach, M.; Grunewald, K.; Schwarzer, M.; Meurer, J.; Sommerhäuser, M.; Priess, J.A.; Schmidt, J. & Grêt-Regamey, A. (2013): The Promise of the Ecosystem Services Concept for Planning and Decision-Making. GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 22 (4), 232-236.

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), 39-52.

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.