Julia Tschersich is a research assistant and PhD student in the transdisciplinary research project RightSeeds at the University of Oldenburg. Her dissertation examines how Seed Commons initiatives are affected by the complex Multi-Level Governance system around plant genetic resources, biodiversity, intellectual property rights and seed legislation in Germany and the Philippines. Moreover, she analyzes how these seed initiatives can act as social movements to create empowering institutions for a social-ecological transformation of plant cultivation.

She has recently completed a research stay at the University of California, Santa Cruz, at the Environmental Studies Department. Previously, she obtained a Master degree in ‘Sustainability Economics and Management’ at the University of Oldenburg and a Bachelor degree in ‘International Relations’ at the Technical University of Dresden. Her main research interests lie in the fields of Social-Ecological Transformation, Global Environmental Governance, Complexity and Fragmentation, Institutional Change, Degrowth, Social Movements and (Seed) Commons.

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  • Sievers-Glotzbach, S. and J. Tschersich (2019): Overcoming the process-structure divide in conceptions of social-ecological transformation: Assessing the transformative character and impact of change processes. Ecological Economics 164. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800918320603
  • Tschersich, J. (draft): Norm Conflicts in Complex Seed Governance from a Commons perspective: Comparative Case Studies of Germany and the Philippines. Unpublished Manuscript.
  • Sievers-Glotzbach, J. Tschersich, N. Gmeiner, L. Kliem, A. Ficiciyan (draft). Conceptualizing the Seed Commons. Unpublished Manuscript.
  • Kliem, L & Tschersich, J. (2018). From Agrobiodiversity to Social-Ecological Transformation: Defining Central Concepts for the RightSeeds Project. COAST Working Paper Series on Environment and Sustainability Issues, No. 1.
  • Gmeiner, L. Kliem, A. Ficiciyan, S. Sievers-Glotzbach, J. Tschersich, (2018). Gemeingüterbasierte Rechte an Saatgut und Sorten als Treiber für eine sozial-ökologische Transformation des Pflanzenbaus. Bundesamt für Naturschutz (Hrsg.), Treffpunkt Biologische Vielfalt XVI, Interdisziplinärer Forschungsaustausch im Rahmen des Übereinkommens über die biologische Vielfalt. Bonn – Bad Godesberg: BfN-Skripten 487.