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Lena Partzsch is Professor of Comparative Politics with a focus on Environmental and Climate Politics at Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science, Freie Universitaet Berlin. Before, she was Chair of Environmental Governance at TU Berlin (2021), interim Chair of Development Politics at the University of Passau (winter 2020-21), and Chair of Comparative Government at the University of Erfurt (winter 2019-20, and summer 2020). Since 2018, she has been an extraordinary Professor at the University of Freiburg. The University of Muenster awarded her the Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in 2014 and she received her PhD from Freie Universitaet Berlin in 2007.

Her research deals with sustainability transitions in the Global North and South. Her work has been published in leading scientific journals. She received the GAIA Best Paper Award in 2016, and the journal of Global Governance chose her article “Take action now: The legitimacy of celebrity power in international relations” as the best paper of the year in 2018. Partzsch’s 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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