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Universität Osnabrück
Institut für Umweltsystemforschung
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Prof. Dr. Claudia Pahl-Wostl


Main research interests


Main research interests

  • Adaptive governance and management of environmental resources
  • Social and societal learning and their role in transformation processes towards sustainability
  • Global water governance in a multi-level governance system
  • Conceptual and methodological frameworks to analyse social-ecological systems.


  • Adaptive Management
  • Participatory modelling 
  • Environmental risk analysis and governance
  • Actor based and social network analysis
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Rule based modelling 
  • Adaptive Governance and Political Steering

Selected recent Publications:

Pahl-Wostl, C., Conca,K., Kramer,A., Maestu,J., and Schmidt, F. (2013): Missing links in global water governance: A processes-oriented analysis. Ecology and Society, 18(2), 33.

Pahl-Wostl, C., Giupponi,C., Richards, K., Binder, C., de Sherbinin, A., Sprinz, D., Toonen, T., and van Bers, C. (2013): Building the foundations for dealing with the challenges arising from global change Requirements for methodologies, methods, data and knowledge. Environmental Science and Policy, 28: 36-47.

Pahl-Wostl, C., Lebel, L., Knieper,C. and Nikitina, E. (2012): From simplistic panaceas to mastering complexity: Towards adaptive governance in river basins. Environmental Science and Policy, 23:24-34.

Baumgartner, T. and Pahl-Wostl, C, (2013). UN-Water and its role in global water governance. Ecology and Society 18 (3): 3. [online] URL: