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I am a political scientist and sociologist by training with a second interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Environmental Governance. In my current work as a Postdoc researcher at the Chair Group of Forest and Environmental Policy at the University of Freiburg (TABEK project), I investigate “transformation pathways and climate protection” investigating ways of involving private actors in Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) as to achieve “high ambitions” in politically acceptable ways. The project builds on my past research experience in various (inter)national, transdisciplinary projects on forest-climate and biodiversity governance (esp. on REDD+) concerned with questions of how governance arrangements can be improved such that actors from different sectors of society (e.g. policy, business, NGO or science) and respective interests are better integrated. For my paper on “Knowledge brokerage designs and practices in four European climate services” I have received the INOGOV Best Paper Award 2015 .

Outside the academic life, I work as a (freelance) knowledge coordinator for the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF/CIFOR) and offer trainings and workshops for different study programs and professionals in development cooperation (e.g. GIZ) on Forest Climate Governance.

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Major recent publications

  • Reinecke, S. and Blum, M., 2018. Discourses across Scales on Forest Landscape Restoration. Sustainability, 10 (3), 613,
  • Blum, M., Reinecke, S. (2017), Towards a Role-Oriented Governance Approach: Insights from Eight Forest Climate Initiatives, Forests, 8, 65; doi:10.3390/f8030065
  • Bauer, A., Pregernig, M., Reinecke,S. (2016): Enacting effective climate policy advice: institutional strategies to foster saliency, credibility and legitimacy, Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Re-search, Debate and Practice, Volume 12, Number 3, August 2016, 341-362
  • Pistorius, T., Reinecke, S., Carrapatoso, A. (2016): Stuck in the past? A historical institutionalist view on merging LULUCF and REDD+ in a post-2020 climate agreement, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics.
  • Reinecke, S. (2015), Governing the climate across the science-state-society divide: Experiences from the REDD+ Partnership and climate services. Doctoral thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree Dr. phil. of the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, submitted in July 2015, successfully defended in Nov 2015.
  • Reinecke, S. (2015). Knowledge brokerage designs and practices in four European climate services: a role model for biodiversity policies? Environmental Science & Policy, 54, 2015; 513–521.
  • Reinecke, S., Pistorius, T., Pregernig, M.: UNFCCC and the REDD+ Partnership from a networked governance perspective Environmental Science and Policy. Special Issue: Forests Climate Policy (0), 2014; 35: 30-39
  • Pistorius, T., Reinecke, S.: The interim REDD+ Partnership: Boost for biodiversity safeguards? Forest Policy and Economics (0), 2013; 36: 80-86.

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