Dr Barbara Neumann

Research Associate
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IASS Projects

  • Ocean Governance

Research Interests

  • Sustainable development and governance of coasts and oceans
  • Land-ocean interactions and coastal social-ecological system
  • Sustainability science
  • Transdisciplinary research

Curriculum Vitae

  • Barbara Neumann studied Geography at Saarland University and at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver/Burnaby (Canada) and received her doctorate in Geography from Saarland University in 2002. Thereafter, she worked as research associate in environmental research with the Department of Geography in Saarbrücken and worked as freelance consultant. In 2010, she joined the Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise Research Group in the Department of Geography at Kiel University and received a 5-year project funding from the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” for independent postdoctoral research on “Coastal Sustainability and Governance” in 2012.
  • Since June 2017, Barbara Neumann is project scientist with the Ocean Governance team at IASS and will, inter alia, be working on specific issues related to the implementation of the sustainable development goal (SDG) 14 on the conservation and sustainable use or oceans and marine resources. Her research expertise is in social-ecological systems analysis in coastal and marine regions with a specific interest in land-ocean interactions and the sustainable use and development of coastal areas.
  • Barbara Neumann is affiliated with the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" and Kiel Marine Science, and she is fellow with the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong (Australia).

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Neumann B, Ott K, Kenchington R (2017) Strong sustainability in coastal areas: a conceptual interpretation of SDG 14. Sustainability Science:1-17. doi:10.1007/s11625-017-0472-y. Download link: http://rdcu.be/vEU6

  • Stevance, A.-S., Unger, S. and Neumann, B. (2017): Focus on Interactions to Make the SDGs a Success: Our Key Messages for the Ocean Conference. IISD SDG Knowledge Hub, 05 June 2017. Link

  • Unger, S. and Neumann, B. (2017): Want to protect the oceans? Time to consider the wider world of development. WEForum, 02 June 2017. Link
  • Schmidt, S., Neumann, B., Waweru, Y., Durussel, C., Unger, S. and Visbeck, M. (2017). SDG14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. In: A Guide to SDG Interactions: from Science to Implementation. Griggs, D. J., Nilsson, M., Stevance, A.-S. and McCollum, D. (eds.). Paris, International Council for Science: 174-218. URL: https://www.icsu.org/publications/a-guide-to-sdg-interactions-from-science-to-implementation
  • Szabo, S., Nichols, R.J., Neumann, B., Renaud, F.G., Matthews, Z., Sebesvari, Z., Aghakouchak, A., Bales, R., Ruktanonchau, C.W., Kloos, J., Foufoula-Gerogiou, E., Wester, P., New, M., Rhyner, J. and Hutton, C. (2016). Making SDGs Work for Climate Hotspots. In: Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 58 (6), p. 24-33. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00139157.2016.1209016
  • Neumann, B., Vafeidis, A.T., Zimmermann, J., and Nicholls, R.J. (2015): Future Coastal Population Growth and Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Flooding – A Global Assessment. PLOS ONE 10(3): e0131375. URL: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0118571
  • Prager, K., Nienaber, B., Neumann, B. and Phillips, A. (2015): How should rural policy be evaluated if it aims to foster community involvement in environmental management? Journal of Rural Studies 37: 120-131. URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.12.006
  • Visbeck, M., Kronfeld-Goharani, U., Neumann, B., Rickels, W., Schmidt, J., van Doorn, E., Matz-Lück, N., and Proelss, A. (2014): A Sustainable Development Goal for the ocean and coasts: Global ocean challenges benefit from regional initiatives supporting globally coordinated solutions: In: Marine Policy 49, p. 87-89. URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2014.02.010
  • Visbeck, M., Kronfeld-Goharani, U., Neumann, B., Rickels, W., Schmidt, J., van Doorn, E., Matz-Lück, N., Ott, K. and QUASS, M.F. (2014): Securing blue wealth: The Need for a Special Sustainable Development Goal for the Ocean and Coasts and for Future Ocean Spatial Planning. In: Marine Policy 48, p. 184-191. URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2014.03.005
  • Brown, S., Nicholls, R.J., Woodroffe, C.D., Hanson, S., Hinkel, J., Kebede, A.S., Neumann, B. and Vafeidis, A.T. (2013): Sea-level rise impact and responses: A global perspective. In: Finkl, C. (ed.), Coastal Hazards. Coastal Research Library, Vol. 6: p. 117-150. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5234-4_5
  • Houghton, K. J., Vafeidis, A.T., Neumann and Proelss, A. (2010): Maritime boundaries in a rising sea. Nature Geoscience 2010; 3(12):813-816. DOI: 10.1038/ngeo1029
  • Neumann, B., Lütz, M., Schüpbach, B. and Szerencsits, E. (2009): Spatial modelling for the development of agri-environmental programs. Regional Environmental Change 9 (3): 197-207. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-009-0090-z
  • Neumann, B., Ott K, Kenchington R (2017): Strong sustainability in coastal areas: a conceptual interpretation of SDG 14. Sustainability Science:1-17. doi:10.1007/s11625-017-0472-y. Download link: http://rdcu.be/vEU6

Further Information

Selected Lectures and Speeches

  • 2017 “Coastal Zones – Challenges for Sustainable Development”. Invited talk, European Geography Association (EGEA), Western Regional Congress, Kiel, 20.03.2017
  • 2016 “Metrics and evaluation for human well-being and sustainable development: reflecting on linkages, synergies and trade-offs on the example of ocean and coasts”. Invited talk, 2nd German Future Earth Summit, Session „Metrics and evaluation for human well-being and sustainable development“, Berlin, 28.01.2016
  • 2015 „Ecosystem services and sustainable development of coastal regions – Conceptualizing ‘coastal sustainability’ ”. Talk, together with B. Burkhard, S. Kühnle und K. Ruhberg. International Symposium ‘Sustainable Ocean Development, New York City, U.S., 28.09.2015
  • 2015 “Assessing coastal population development: Results and experiences from a global analysis”. Talk, together with A.T. Vafeidis, J. Zimmermann und R.J. Nicholls. British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) 2015 Conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, U.K., 09.09.2015
  • 2015 „Nachhaltige Nutzung von Küsten und Meeren – Chancen und Herausforderungen“. Keynote, discussion series „Meere und Küsten in der IZ“, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Eschborn, Germany, 08.06.2015
  • 2014 “Global change and coastal zones: What does the future hold?” Invited talk, public evening event “Global change and coastal zones: What future for the ocean, for men… and for fish?”, Océanopolis, Brest, France, 12.11.2014
  • 2013 “Subsidence, natural hazards and coastal change in the Chao Phraya Delta - Assessing vulnerability and sustainability of a coastal socio-ecological system”. Talk, together with A. Vafeidis and K. Stattegger. Workshop on Thai-German Collaborative Researches Program in Marine Sciences, DFG, Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand, 21.-25.05.2013
  • 2011 Shifts in Maritime Boundaries due to Sea-Level Rise - Legal implications and Environmental Issues. Talk, together with K. Houghton, A. Vafeidis, J. Rapaglia and A. Proelss. LOICZ Open Science Conference 2011 ‘Coastal Systems, Global Change and Sustainability’, Session C1/A5, Yantai, China,

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