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I am head of the research group “Transformation and Sustainability Governance in South American Bioeconomies” at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Münster. My research focusses on the politics of sustainable development, natural resource governance in the global political economy and regionalism, with a geographical focus on South America. My current work examines to what extent and in which ways the development of bioeconomies in the Southern Cone of South America may support a transition to inclusive and sustainable development. A second strand of my research focusses on the relationship between natural resource governance and regionalisation processes and examines which actors are able to shape regional cooperation on environmental concerns and access regional-level decision-making processes on natural resource governance.

I received my PhD in Politics from the University of Glasgow in 2014. Before moving to the University of Münster in 2020, I was a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow at the University of Glasgow. My other previous work experience includes lecturing at Edinburgh Napier University where I led courses on global environmental politics, qualitative research methods and British politics in Edinburgh and Hong Kong in cooperation with Hong Kong University School of Professional and Continuing Education as well as two years in Brussels working with the European Commission and the consultancy Bernard Brunhes International and a year in Quito, Ecuador where I worked as an English teacher at the Centro de Educación Continua de la Escuela Politécnica Nacional.

If you would like more information about my research please contact me by e-mail: karen.siegel[at]


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