Prof. Dr. Sina Leipold

Head of the Department of Environmental Politics

Research Unit Environment and Society
Department of Environmental Politics

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

sina.leipold@ufz.de

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Prof. Dr. S. Leipold

Sina’s research bridges social and environmental science with expertise from policy and practice to create new knowledge for a sustainable transformation of our society. Her specific focus is on environmental governance narratives in the fields of forestry, circular economy, bioeconomy, food, and packaging. To contrast governance narratives’ hopes of environmental improvements with potential real-world impacts, Sina couples narrative research with results from environmental footprint and life cycle analyses and collaborates with practitioners from the private and public sectors as well as civil society.


Professional Experience

since 09/2021

Prof. of Environmental Politics, UFZ Leipzig & University of Jena

04/2017 − 08/2021

Assistant Professor & PI of Research Group “Circulus: Opportunities & challenges of transition to a sustainable circular bio-economy”, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg

07−10/2019

Visiting Scholar, Inst. f. Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

03−06/2018

Visiting Scholar, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, USA

09−11/2016

Visiting Scholar, Ecological Economics Group, University of Economics & Business Vienna, Austria

09/2016 − 03/2017

PI of the Research Group “Circulus” & Lecturer, Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, GER

09/2015 – 08/2016

Postdoc & Lecturer, Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, GER

09/2012 – 08/2015

PhD Candidate, Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, GER

01/2011 – 06/2012

Research Associate, Division of Organic Farming, University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences Vienna, Austria


Education

09/2012 – 01/2016

Doctor of Philosophy on “Discursive Agency in Forest Policy − An Interpretive Analysis of the Politics of the Timber Legality Regime” at the University of Freiburg

04/2008 – 05/2010

M.A. Social Sciences from FLACSO Argentina (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales) & University of Freiburg

07/2008 – 05/2009

Exchange student at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, and FLACSO Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

10/2004 – 09/2007

B.A. Political Science and History from Ruhr University Bochum