Prof. Dr. Frank Biermann

Funktion: 
Visiting Fellow
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About

Research Interests

  • Biermann holds the chair of Global Sustainability Governance at Utrecht University. His current research examines multilateral institutions, options for reform of the United Nations, global adaptation governance, Sustainable Development Goals, the political role of science, global justice, and conceptual innovations such as the notion of the Anthropocene and ‘earth system’  governance.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Frank Biermann is since December 2015 a research professor of Global Sustainability Governance with the Environmental Governance group of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Biermann also chairs the Earth System Governance Project, a global transdisciplinary research network launched in 2009 under the auspices of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change, and since 2015 a part of the international research alliance ‘Future Earth’.
  • In 2003-2015, Biermann was professor and head of the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam. Towards the end of his term, this department was internationally evaluated as being ‘world leading’ and ‘one of the highest profile academic research groups involved with sustainability governance from around the world’. From 2007-2014, he also directed the Netherlands Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment, a national alliance of eleven research institutes, over 200 tenured environmental scientists and 600 PhD students that was evaluated in 2014 as a ‘network of excellence’. In 2001-2011, Biermann further led the Global Governance Project, a joint research programme of 12 European institutes with about 40 affiliated researchers. Earlier professional or visiting affiliations include Free University Berlin, German Advisory Council on Global Change, Harvard University, Humboldt University of Berlin, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Lund University, University of Maryland at College Park, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Social Science Research Centre Berlin, Stanford University, and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
  • Biermann holds a Habilitation in Political Science (German postdoctoral academic qualification, 2001), a PhD in Political Science summa cum laude from Freie Universität Berlin (1997), and master’s degrees in Political Science (Freie Universität Berlin, 1993) and International Law (University of Aberdeen, 1994), both with distinction.

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation (co-editor). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017.
  • Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014.
  • Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered (co-editor). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012.
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Emergence, Influence, and Legitimacy (co-editor). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012.
  • Global Climate Governance beyond 2012. Architecture, Agency and Adaptation (co-editor). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Managers of Global Change. The Influence of International Environmental Bureau­cracies (co-editor). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.

Further Information

  • Biermann has authored, co-authored or edited 16 books, and published 177 articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in academic books, along with more than 100 papers, reports, and contributions to policy-oriented journals. His most recent books are Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development as Governance Innovation (coeditor with Norichika Kanie, MIT Press, 2017) and Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene (MIT Press, 2014). Biermann’s research has been cited over 8900 times, and his Hirsch-index in Google Scholar is 49. Several of his articles belong to the top-10 most cited papers in their respective journals. Biermann is the co-editor of the Earth System Governance book series with The MIT Press, member of six editorial boards, and reviewer for numerous academic journals. He is frequently invited to governmental commissions and panels and has spoken among others in the United Nations General Assembly, the European Parliament, and the European Economic and Social Committee.

Selected Keynotes and Speeches

  • 2015      Democracy and Resilience in the Anthropocene conference. Australian National University.
  • 2015      International Sustainability Transitions conference. University of Sussex.
  • 2015      European Parliament Dialogue on ‘Positioning Europe in Global Science’. Brussels.
  • 2014      United Nations General Assembly 4th Dialogue on Harmony with Nature. New York.
  • 2013      European Economic and Social Committee Hearing on a Global Climate Protocol. Brussels.
  • 2012      Planet under Pressure: New Knowledge towards Solutions conference. London.

Honors and Awards

  • Biermann has won several scholarships, grants and awards, including the 2013 Societal Impact Award of VU University Amsterdam for ‘path-breaking research on global environmental policy’; the 2011 Social Science Research Prize of VU University Amsterdam, awarded for ‘outstanding qualities as a top researcher’ and ‘significant contributions’ in the field of global environmental politics; the 1998 Joachim Tiburtius Prize awarded for the best dissertations of the three Berlin universities; a fellowship from Harvard University; and a scholarship from the Talented Students Programme of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Biermann is an elected Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, a group of 700 individuals ‘chosen for eminence in art, the natural and social sciences, and the humanities’.