Lena Partzsch 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 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 for translation into Spanish and additional publication in Foro Internacional. Lena Partzsch co-edited the volume “The Anthropocene Debate and Political Science” with Sabine Weiland, Philipp Pattberg and Thomas Hickmann (Routledge 2018). Her most recent book is “Alternatives to Multilateralism: New Forms of Social and Environmental Governance” (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2020, open access: https://direct.mit.edu/books/book/4871/Alternatives-to-MultilateralismNew-Forms-of-Social).


Prof. Dr. Lena Partzsch

University of Passau

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Chair of Development Politics

Dr.-Hans-Kapfinger-Str. 14 b

94032 Passau