Dr. Frank Hüesker 

Research Unit Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology
Department Centre for Environmental Biotechnology

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

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1656

Frank Hüesker

Frank Hüesker is a political scientist and post-doc researcher on water governance, micropollutants and nature based solutions, focussing on changing actor constellation, power and problem perceptions in sustainability transition. In former projects he worked on the "Legitimacy and efficiency of global and European environmental governance", on "Sustainable urban infrastructures and municipal utilities" and on "Energy transition and sector integration" (e.g. nexus energy − water). 

Research topics 

  • Politics of water and chemicals
  • Legitimacy and efficiency of global and European environmental governance
  • Sustainable urban infrastructures and municipal utilities
  • Energy transition and sector integration (e.g. nexus to wastewater sector)

Publications & Presentations

Recent Publications:

Schröter, B., Hack, J., Hüesker, F., Kuhlicke, C., Albert, C. (2022): Beyond Demonstrators – tackling fundamental problems in amplifying nature-based solutions for the post-COVID-19 world, in: npj Urban Sustainability, DOI: 10.1038/s42949-022-00047-z.

Hüesker, F., Lepenies, R. (2022): Why does pesticide pollution in water persist? Environmental Science & Policy 128, 185-193.

Sievers, E., Zielhofer, C., Hüesker, F. (2021): Management of Global Warming Effects in the European Water Framework Directive: Consideration of Social-Ecological System Features in the Elbe River Basin District. Sustainability 13, 9111.

Zingraff-Hamed, A., Hüesker, F., Albert, C., Brillinger, M., Huang, J., Lupp, G., Scheuer, S., Schlätel, M., Schröter, B. (2020): Governance models for nature-based solutions: Seventeen cases from Germany. Ambio.

Zingraff-Hamed, A., Hüesker, F., Lupp, G., Begg, C., Huang, J., Oen, A., Vojinovic, Z., Kuhlicke, C., Pauleit, S. (2020): Stakeholder mapping to co-create nature based solutions: Who is on board? sustainability 12 (20), 8625.

Schröter, B., Zingraff-Hamed, A., Ott, E., Huang, J., Hüesker. F., Nicolas, C., Schröder, N.J.S. (2020): The knowledge transfer potential of online data pools on Nature-based Solutions. Science of the Total Environment.

Hendlin, Y., Arcuri, A., Lepenies, R., Hüesker, F. (2020): Like Oil and Water: The Politics of (Not) Assessing Glyphosate Concentrations in Aquatic Ecosystems. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11(3), 539-564. doi:10.1017/err.2020.65.

Zingraff-Hamed, A., Schröter, B., Schaub, S., Lepenies, R., Stein, U., Hüesker, F., Meyer, C., Schleyer, C., Schmeier, S., Pusch, M.T., (2020): Perception of Bottlenecks in the Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive. Water Alternatives 13 (3), 3.

Moss, T., Hüesker, F. (2019): Politicised nexus thinking in practice: Integrating urban wastewater utilities into regional energy markets. Special issue article: Interfacing infrastructure in cities: Politics and spatialities of the urban nexus. In: Urban Studies, 1-17 (Online first version: DOI: 10.1177/0042098017735229).

Lepenies, R., Hüesker, F., Beck, S., Brugnach, M. (2018): Discovering the Political Implications of Coproduction in Water Governance. In: Water 10 (10), 1475.

Hüesker, F., Moss T. (2018): Kommunale (Abwasser-)Unternehmen als ein Standbein der dezentralen Energiewende. In: Radtke, Jörg; Kersting, Norbert (eds.): Energiewende. Politikwissenschaftliche Perspektiven, Springer, 289-312.

Gretzschel, O., Hüesker, F., Schmitt, T.G., Kolisch, G., Salomon, D., Zdrallek, M., Schiebold, D., Hanke, B. (2018): Flexibilitätsbeiträge von Kläranlagen zur Energiewende – Handlungsempfehlungen und Forderungen an Gesetzgeber und Politik. In: Korrespondenz Abwasser, Abfall 65 (3), 217ff.