Christine Polzin

Thematic Area Environment and Society
Department of Environmental Politics
Working Group Governance and Institutions

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

Tel.: ++49 - 341 - 235 1793
Fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 45 1726

C. Polzin

Areas of Expertise & Research

  • Sustainability transformations
  • Behavioural environmental governance
  • Biodiversity & Trade, biodiversity risks
  • Bio-based negative emissions technologies

Curriculum Vitae

since 01/2014

Senior researcher, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

11/2008 - 12/2013

Researcher at SERI, Vienna, research units Sustainable Resource use and Socio-Ecological Economics, lead & management of 4 research projects, substantial support to 15 other projects 

09/2007 - 07/2008

Research Officer at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford, interdisciplinary research project “Rural e-services: Participatory co-design of Sustainable Software and Business Systems in Rural Co-operatives” (case study: India)

2005 - 2007

M.Phil. in Development Studies, University of Oxford; Specialisation: Theories and Problems of Economic Development; Political Economy of India; Thesis: Institutioneller Wandel des ländlichen Kreditwesens in Südindien

10/2000 - 07/2004

German French Double-Diploma Programme in International Business Studies and Economics, European University Viadrina & Reims Management School


Polzin, C. (2024) The role of visions in sustainability transformations: Exploring tensions between the Agrarwende vanguard vision and an established sociotechnical imaginary of agriculture in Germany. Global Environmental Change 84, 102800.

Beck, S., Jasanoff, S., Stirling, A., Polzin, C., 2021. The governance of sociotechnical transformations to sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 49, 143-152.

Proesmans, W., Albrecht, M., Gajda, A., Neumann, P., Paxton, R.J., Pioz, M., ... Vanbergen, A.J., 2021. Pathways for Novel Epidemiology: Plant–Pollinator–Pathogen Networks and Global Change. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2021.03.006

Mock, M., Omann, I., Polzin, C., Spekkink, W., Schuler, J., Pandur, V., Brizi, A., Panno, A., 2019. “Something inside me has been set in motion”: Exploring the psychological wellbeing of people engaged in sustainability initiatives. Ecological Economics 160, 1-11, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.02.002.

Fischer, A., Spekkink, W., Polzin, C., Díaz-Ayude, A., Brizi, A., Macsinga, I., 2018. Social representations of governance for change towards sustainability: perspectives of sustainability advocates. Environmental Politics, 1-23. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1448559.

Rauschmayer, F., Polzin, C., Mock, M., Omann, I., 2017. Examining Collective Action Through the Capability Approach: The Example of Community Currencies. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 1-20.

Weiland, S., Bleicher, A., Polzin, C., Rauschmayer, F., Rode, J., 2017. The nature of experiments for sustainability transformations: A search for common ground. Journal of Cleaner Production 169, 30-38.

Polzin, C., Rauschmayer, F., Lilley, R., Whitehead, M., 2015. What could ‘mindful capabilities’ be? A comment on Mabsout's ‘mindful capability’. In: Ecol. Econ. 120, 355-357.

Polzin, C., 2015. Institutional Change in Informal Credit: Through the Urban-Rural Lens, in: Harriss-White, B. (Ed.), Middle India and its Dynamism: Four Decades of Rural-Urban Development in Tamil Nadu. Springer New Delhi, pp. 229-250.

Dittrich, M., Giljum, S., Lutter, S., Polzin, C., 2012. Green economies around the world? Implications of resource use for development and the environment.

Wiebe, K. S., Bruckner, M., Giljum, S., Lutz, C., Polzin, C., 2012. Carbon and Materials Embodied in the International Trade of Emerging Economies. In: Journal of Industrial Ecology 16, 636–646.

Giljum, S., Lutz, C., Polzin, C., 2011. Global Economic and Environmental Impacts of an ETR in Europe. In: Ekins, P., Speck, S. (Eds.): Environmental Tax Reform (ETR). A Policy for Green Growth. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Polzin, C., Giljum, S., 2010. Globale Effekte einer ökologischen Steuerreform in Europa. In: Ökologisches Wirtschaften 1/2010, 35-38.

Giljum, S., Polzin, C., 2009. Zahnlose Strategien. Die Ansätze in der EU-Ressourcenpolitik reichen bei Weitem nicht aus. In: DNR-Themenheft II/2009, 8-9.

Fu, X., Polzin, C., 2010. Sustainability of Technology-intensive Social Innovation in India: The Role of Absorptive Capacity and Complementary Assets. In: Fu, X., Soete, L. (Eds.): The Rise of Technological Power in the South, Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Kostka, G., Polzin, C., Scharrer, J. 2009., The future of sugar cane in China and India − Supply constraints and expansion potential. In: Applied Energy 86 (Supplement 1), 100-107.