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Dr. Benjamin Hofmann


I am a postdoctoral researcher in environmental social sciences at Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, and a lecturer at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland.

My education includes a PhD in International Affairs from the University of St.Gallen and an MA in Political Science from the University of Salzburg, Austria. I gathered practical experience as a policy officer at the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) in Strasbourg, France. In this function, I developed an international strategy for sustainable inland waterway transport and was a member of EU expert groups on sustainable transport. When I later examined the environmental regulation of maritime shipping in my PhD, I joined the Swiss delegation to the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as an observer.

My research interest centers on the role of evidence for sustainable transformation. I have conducted research on ocean governance, business and maritime regulation, multi-level energy and climate governance, EU-third country energy relations, and pesticide governance. Currently, I am leading the interdisciplinary science integration in the four-year research project “Transformation in Pesticide Governance” (TRAPEGO) that explores possibilities for an evidence-based transformation of pesticide policy and practice.

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