I am trained as a political scientist with regional focus on Latin America but consider myself as a transformative scientist in social-ecological research. I want to understand how people can cooperate and communicate to make this world a more sustainable and just place. My research focusses on governance, institutional and social network analysis of environmental policy instruments.
In my current research I investigate sustainability in global value chains, taking the example of gold mining and cattle ranching in Colombia. Part of this research is to make the value chains transparent, to map actors, their connections and their discourses on the different governance levels from local to global, and to examine which policy instruments support sustainability and environmental justice in these value chains. Except from value chains I am also interested in nature-based solutions and water governance, in particular in Europe, Costa Rica and Brazil. A key issue in all these research topics is to overcome implementation hurdles for more sustainable ways of managing ecosystems. To overcome these hurdles I consider participatory methods and transdisciplinary approaches as helpful.