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Current Courses

Prof. Dr. Jens Newig

Participatory governance and sustainability - research perspectives


NOTE ON VIRTUAL TEACHING: We will use Zoom as a video conferencing system. Please sign in with your full first and last name. We would ask all students to ensure a strong and stable internet connection, if at all possible. Please use a suitable device to participate in class and group discussions. Lecturer and student presentations will use Zoom's desktop sharing function.

What is the course about? In this course, participants will carry out their own meta-analysis of published case studies in participatory governance with a potential focus on the Global South. Through this, we will learn about whether and how participation helps bring about more environmentally sustainable governance.

We will first introduce the basic concepts and theories on participation and participatory governance in environmental decision-making. We will review the current state of research, paying particular attention to the causal mechanisms linking participation and environmental outcomes of decision-making.

Second, we will introduce meta-analytical techniques, notably the case survey method, which allows to draw generalized conclusions from individual qualitative case studies. By way of example, we will examine an existing meta-analysis on participatory decision-making on Global North countries. The data were generated in the research project EDGE (Evaluating the Delivery of Environmental Governance using an Evidence-based Research Design, see https://sustainability-governance.net/edge) led by Prof. Newig.

The main part of the course will consist in project work where we will:

- Develop criteria to find suitable empirical case studies on (more or less) participatory governance in global south countries

- Identify a suitable number of published empirical case studies

- Develop a coding scheme that allows to assess key features of case studies in a structured way

- Perform a coding of the identified case studies, using the previously developed coding scheme.

- Analyze the resulting quantitative / qualitative dataset aiming to generate synthesized knowledge on whether and if so, how participation works to produce better environmental governance outcomes in Global South countries.

The written part of the Prüfungsleistung will consist of a project report on the used methodology, the generated results and their interpretation.

Ziel: First, the course aims to provide students with in-depth insights into current challenges of participatory governance for sustainability.

Second, the course aims provide students with the skills to conduct a meta-analysis of case studies in a real research setting.

Third, the course aims to generate new knowledge on whether and how participation leads to more environmentally sustainable governance, notably in a Global South context.

Sustainability Governance Colloquium


Präsentation zum Arbeitsstand der Promotionsvorhaben im Rahmen der Arbeitsgruppe Governance und Nachhaltigkeit.

Ziel: Inhaltlicher Austausch innerhalb der Arbeitsgruppe und Rückmeldungen zum Promotionsvorhaben.

Doctoral Colloquium Faculty of Sustainability


The Faculty Doctoral Colloquium should give doctoral candidates the opportunity to present and discuss their work in the wider context of sustainability science. That way, the Colloquium should also foster exchange across disciplines.

Ziel: All doctoral students in their last year will be asked to present once in this format (20 mins presentation + 20 mins). If at all possible, this should be in English in order to reach as many colleagues in the Faculty as possible.

Presentations should be held in a way that interested non-specialists can follow, and should address the main research question(s), method(s), findings of the research and its broader importance to sustainability (science). It should briefly mention the context (funded research project etc.) and whether it is a book or paper-based dissertation. Discussion should be moderated, if possible, by the principal superviser.

Environmental and Sustainability Governance


UPDATE 24.03.2020 COURSE TAKES PLACE IN VIRTUAL FORM AS LIVE SEMINAR SESSIONS.

We will use Zoom as a video conferencing system. Please sign in with your full first and last name. We would ask all students to ensure a strong and stable internet connection, if at all possible. Please use a suitable device to participate in class and group discussions. Lecturer and student presentations will use Zoom's desktop sharing function.

Seminar content

Why and how does governance matter for attaining sustainbility? This course provides a comprehensive overview of concepts and theoretical approaches in environmental and sustainability governance and applies these to real-world cases. It is based on intensive reading of key texts.

The course starts with a short lecturers’ introduction into governance in the context of environmental sustainability and an introduction into governance analysis. This is followed by a role play called the “Melbourne Water Game”, where students jointly engage in a real-world interdisciplinary decision-making case, shedding light on the complexity of environmental and sustainability governance.

In the main part of the course, around a dozen current concepts, approaches and themes in governing environmental sustainability will be introduced. These may include:

- Environmental sustainability and public policy following Rio 1992 / Governance and complexity

- Governing the commons and social-ecological systems

- Good governance: legitimacy and effectiveness

- Participatory and collaborative governance

- Network governance

- Scales and institutional fit

- Multi-level governance

- Sustainability transitions and transition management

- Institutional dynamics and institutional decline

- Global governance: global institutions and governance of teleconnections

- Local governance and Local Agenda 21

- Learning and reflexive, adaptive governance

- Evidence-based policy and governance / science-policy interface and transdisciplinarity

Usually, each concept/approach is discussed in a separate session. A typical seminar session is structured as follows: 1) Short introduction to the session topic by lecturers, 2) Intense discussion of one core text (which was read by all students), 3) Short student presentation of an empirical case, 4) group work on applying the concept/approach to the empirical case, 5) presentation of group findings and concluding discussion.

From time to time, however, this pattern is interrupted by special sessions dedicated to either case analyses or invited presentations on research projects. In the case analysis sessions, student groups are provided with a real-world case of a problem of environmental (un)sustainability. Students discuss which concept/approach would be suitable for the analysis of that case, and then conduct the analysis, followed by a short group presentation of the outcome and a critical reflection on choices, strengths and weaknesses of the selected approach. In the research project sessions, current governance research at Leuphana and beyond will be presented by invited researchers and discussed with the students.

Ziel: Why and how does governance matter for attaining sustainbility? The goal of this seminar is to gain a broad overview of current concepts and theoretical approaches of governance for environmental sustainability, to engage critically and in depth with key academic texts, and to link conceptual insights with empirical case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen conceptual, analytical, presentation and team skills.

Dr. Michael Rose

Politics of Sustainability


UPDATE ZUR VIRTUELLEN LEHRE: DIE SEMINARSITZUNGEN WERDEN BIS AUF WEITERES AN DEN NORMALEN TERMINEN ONLINE ALS LIVE-SESSIONS MIT DER SOFTWARE "ZOOM" DURCHGEFÜHRT.

Weitere Informationen dazu finden Sie unten unter "sonstige Hinweise".

INHALT

Häufig hört man den Vorwurf, Politik in modernen Demokratien würde nur auf kurzfristige Erfolge und die egoistischen Interessen der Wähler_innen und mächtiger Lobbys schauen. Demgegenüber steht die Forderung nach mehr Nachhaltigkeit. Aber wie kann Politik nachhaltiger werden? Wie versuchen unsere politischen Systeme, dafür Sorge zu tragen, dass politische Entscheidungen heute nicht unangemessen zu Lasten der zukünftigen Generationen, der Umwelt und der globalen sozialen Gerechtigkeit gehen?

Um unterschiedliche Aspekte dieser Fragen und möglicher Antworten zu beleuchten, kommen nachhaltigkeitswissenschaftliche, ökonomische, philosophische und vor allem politikwissenschaftliche Perspektiven zum Tragen. Wir lesen und diskutieren u.a. über den Nachhaltigkeitsbegriff, Nachhaltigkeitsindikatoren, Gerechtigkeit, Langzeitverantwortung, Demokratietheorie und Governance einer Politik der Nachhaltigkeit. Außerdem analysieren wir die Praxis einer Politik der Nachhaltigkeit. Anhand von Fallstudien untersuchen wir Institutionen und Instrumente auf verschiedenen politischen Ebenen (international bis kommunal), wie bspw. diverse politische Nachhaltigkeitsgremien und Nachhaltigkeitsstrategien. Auch die Entwicklung und Diskussion von Reformvorschlägen kommt nicht zu kurz.

Ziel: Als Teilnehmende bereiten Sie sich anhand der deutsch- und englischsprachigen Pflichtlektüre gründlich auf die Sitzungen vor und bringen Ihr Wissen in Diskussionen, Gruppenarbeiten und Präsentationen ein. Sie erlangen im Laufe des Seminars einen Überblick über die Gründe, Möglichkeiten, Praktiken, Herausforderungen und Grenzen einer Politik der Nachhaltigkeit. Dabei erhalten Sie auch neue Einblicke in die Funktionsweise demokratischer Politik und politischer (Selbst-)Steuerung. Sie lernen, Probleme, Argumente und Fallbeispiele aus verschiedenen Perspektiven zu betrachten und sich diskursiv eine fundierte Meinung zu bilden. Sie üben sich darin, Texte verschiedener Disziplinen zu lesen, zu verstehen und kritisch zu reflektieren. Sie lernen, zentrale Inhalte aus verschiedenen Quellen heraus- und aufzuarbeiten, eigene Schwerpunkte zu setzen und diese verständlich zu präsentieren. Darüber hinaus trainieren Sie, allein und in der Gruppe theoretische Perspektiven und Argumente auf empirische Fälle anzuwenden.

Environmental and Sustainability Governance


UPDATE 24.03.2020 COURSE TAKES PLACE IN VIRTUAL FORM AS LIVE SEMINAR SESSIONS.

We will use Zoom as a video conferencing system. Please sign in with your full first and last name. We would ask all students to ensure a strong and stable internet connection, if at all possible. Please use a suitable device to participate in class and group discussions. Lecturer and student presentations will use Zoom's desktop sharing function.

Seminar content

Why and how does governance matter for attaining sustainbility? This course provides a comprehensive overview of concepts and theoretical approaches in environmental and sustainability governance and applies these to real-world cases. It is based on intensive reading of key texts.

The course starts with a short lecturers’ introduction into governance in the context of environmental sustainability and an introduction into governance analysis. This is followed by a role play called the “Melbourne Water Game”, where students jointly engage in a real-world interdisciplinary decision-making case, shedding light on the complexity of environmental and sustainability governance.

In the main part of the course, around a dozen current concepts, approaches and themes in governing environmental sustainability will be introduced. These may include:

- Environmental sustainability and public policy following Rio 1992 / Governance and complexity

- Governing the commons and social-ecological systems

- Good governance: legitimacy and effectiveness

- Participatory and collaborative governance

- Network governance

- Scales and institutional fit

- Multi-level governance

- Sustainability transitions and transition management

- Institutional dynamics and institutional decline

- Global governance: global institutions and governance of teleconnections

- Local governance and Local Agenda 21

- Learning and reflexive, adaptive governance

- Evidence-based policy and governance / science-policy interface and transdisciplinarity

Usually, each concept/approach is discussed in a separate session. A typical seminar session is structured as follows: 1) Short introduction to the session topic by lecturers, 2) Intense discussion of one core text (which was read by all students), 3) Short student presentation of an empirical case, 4) group work on applying the concept/approach to the empirical case, 5) presentation of group findings and concluding discussion.

From time to time, however, this pattern is interrupted by special sessions dedicated to either case analyses or invited presentations on research projects. In the case analysis sessions, student groups are provided with a real-world case of a problem of environmental (un)sustainability. Students discuss which concept/approach would be suitable for the analysis of that case, and then conduct the analysis, followed by a short group presentation of the outcome and a critical reflection on choices, strengths and weaknesses of the selected approach. In the research project sessions, current governance research at Leuphana and beyond will be presented by invited researchers and discussed with the students.

Ziel: Why and how does governance matter for attaining sustainbility? The goal of this seminar is to gain a broad overview of current concepts and theoretical approaches of governance for environmental sustainability, to engage critically and in depth with key academic texts, and to link conceptual insights with empirical case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen conceptual, analytical, presentation and team skills.

Further information about courses you will find the academic portal myStudy.