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Lena Partzsch

Technische Universität Berlin
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Lena Partzsch starts as Chair of Environmental Governance at Technische Universität Berlin in April 2021. She currently is interim Chair of Development Politics at the University of Passau for the winter semester of 2020-21. She has been extraordinary Professor at the University of Freiburg since 2018. The University of Muenster awarded her the Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in 2014, and she received her PhD at Freie Universitaet Berlin in 2007. Her most recent book is “Alternatives to Multilateralism: New Forms of Social and Environmental Governance” (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2020, open access).

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2020: Alternatives to Multilateralism: New forms of social and environmental governance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2014: Die neue Macht von Individuen in der globalen Politik. Wandel durch Prominente, Philanthropen und Social Entrepreneurs, Baden-Baden: Nomos.

2007: Global Governance in Partnerschaft. Die EU-Initiative ‘Water for Life, Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Edited Volumes

2019: The Anthropocene debate and political science, with T. Hickmann, P. Pattberg and S. Weiland, New York: Routledge.

2015: Macht und Wandel in der Umweltpolitik, with S. Weiland, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft – Journal of Political Science Sonderband 2, Baden-Baden: Nomos.

2014: Getting things done sustainably – Social entrepreneurship in the water sector, with
J. Gebauer, M. Henkel, J. Lodemann, F. Mohaupt, E. Wascher and R. Ziegler, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

2009: Social Entrepreneurship – Status Quo 2009. (Selbst)Bild, Wirkung und Zukunfts-verantwortung. Tagungsband, Berlin HUB, with J. Gebauer, M. Henkel, J. Lodemann,
F. Mohaupt, E. Wascher and R. Ziegler, Greifswald: Geozon Science Media.

Peer-reviewed articles

Online first: European Union’s proxy accountability for tropical deforestation, Environmental Politics,

2020: Mehr Engagement der Politikwissenschaft in der Anthropozän-Debatte, with T. Hickmann, P. Pattberg and S. Weiland, Politische Vierteljahresschrift,

2020: Governance for global stewardship: Can private certification move beyond commodification in fostering sustainability transformations? with A. Kalfagianni and M. Beulting, Agriculture and Human Values 37, 65–81,

2019: Interpretative Politikforschung und das Anthropozän – Zum politikwissenschaftlichen Umgang mit Objektivität, Normativität und Performativität von Mega-Konzepten, with B. Bornemann and K. Glaab, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft – Journal of Political Science 29 (2), 325–344,

2019: Cotton certification in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promotion of environmental sustainability or greenwashing? with M. Zander and H. Robinson, Global Environmental Change 57,

2019: Cotton certification in Ethiopia: Can an increasing demand for certified textiles create a ‘fashion revolution’? with L. Kemper, Geoforum 99 (Feb), 111-119,

2019: Saving water while doing business: Corporate agenda-setting and water sustainability, with L. Kemper, WATER 11(2), 297,

2018: Utopia, food sovereignty and ethical fashion: The narrative power of anti-GMO campaigns, with K. Glaab, New Political Science,

2018: The new EU Conflict Minerals Regulation: Normative power in international relations? Global Policy 9(4), 479-­­488,

2018: Toward sustainable biofuels in the European Union? Lessons from a decade of hybrid biofuel governance, with S.L. Stattmann, A. Gupta and P. Oosterveer, Sustainability 10(11), 4111,

2018: Barking up the right tree? NGOs and corporate power for deforestation-free supply chains, with A.-K. Weber, Sustainability 10(11), 3869,

2018: Take action now: The legitimacy of celebrity power in international relations, Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations 24(2), 229-248,

2018: Es hora de actuar. La legitimidad del poder de las celebridades en el ámbito de las Relaciones Internacionales, Foro Internacional 58(2), 205-241,

2018: A water sustainability framework for assessing biofuel certification schemes: Does European hybrid governance ensure sustainability of palm oil from Indonesia? with Laura Kemper, Journal of Cleaner Production 26(192), 835–843,

2017: ‘Power with’ and ‘power to’ in environmental politics and the transition to sustainability, Environmental Politics 26(2), 193-211,

2017: Powerful individuals in a globalised world, Global Policy 8(1), 5-13,

2017: Biofuels research: Perceptions of power and transition, Energy, Sustainability and Society 7(14),

2017: Welche Macht führt zum Wandel? Reaktion auf vier Beiträge zum Thema Macht in Umweltpolitik und Umweltforschung in GAIA: L. Partzsch 24/1 (2015), A. Brunnengräber 26/1 (2017), P. Altmann 26/2 (2017), P. Wallmeier 26/4 (2017), GAIA 26(4), 317-320,

2016: Mandatory due diligence for ‘conflict’ minerals and illegally logged timber. Emergence and cascade of a new norm on foreign accountability, with M. Vlaskamp, The Extractive Industries and Society 3(4), 978–986,

2015: The power of celebrities in global politics, Celebrity Studies 6(2), 178–191,

2015: Die Legitimität individuellen Engagements in der globalen Politik, Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik 8(2), 531-547,

2015: Welche Macht führt zum Wandel, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft – Journal of Political ScienceSpecial Issue 2, 7-28.

2015: Zum Nexus von Macht und Wandel, mit S. Weiland. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft – Journal of Political ScienceSonderband 2225-236,

2015: Kein Wandel ohne Macht – Nachhaltigkeitsforschung braucht ein mehrdimensionales Machtverständnis, GAIA 24(1), 48-56,

2012: Philanthropy: Power with in international relations, with D. Fuchs, Journal of Political Power 5(3), 359-376,

2011: The legitimacy of biofuel certification, Agriculture and Human Values 28(3), 413–425,

2011: Social entrepreneurs as change agents, with R. Ziegler, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 11(1), 63-83,

2009: Smart regulation for water innovation: The case of decentralized rainwater technology, Journal of Cleaner Production 17(11), 985–991,