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Viviana is a PhD researcher and lecturer in the Governance and Sustainability Lab. As part of her research, she focuses on the politics of knowledge in environmental governance. She is particularly interested in the roles that different scientific experts play in environmental discourses and at the science-policy interface. By studying governance concepts like the Water-Energy-Food Nexus or environmental boundary organizations, Viviana examines how science dynamics unfold during policy-relevant knowledge production. Her teaching focuses on sustainable spatial development and governance processes.

Viviana holds a Master’s degree in Physical Geography of Human-Environment-Systems (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). She also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geoscience (Bristol University, UK). In addition to her research activities, Viviana gained professional experience as part of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ in China) and the Environmental Association Green Leage e.V.


  • Wiegleb, V., & Bruns, A. (2018). What is driving the Water-Energy-Food Nexus? Discourses, knowledge and politics of an emerging resource governance concept. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 6, 1-15.
  • Romero-Lankao, P., Bruns, A., & Wiegleb, V. (2018). From risk to WEF security in the city: The influence of interdependent infrastructural systems. Environmental Science & Policy, 90, 213-222.
  • Wiegleb, V., & Bruns, A. (2018). Hydro-social arrangements and paradigmatic change in water governance: an analysis of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Sustainability Science, 13(4), 1155-1166.
  • Wiegleb, V. (2016): A Literature Review on Wetlands in Accra. Governance and Sustainability Lab, Trier University. Trier. WaterPower Working Paper, No. 5

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