Ariane Goetz studied philosophy, German studies, and political science at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Université de Provence, Nanjing University and Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research interests focus on multidisciplinary topics at the interface of the political economy of international organization, national development, (inter) national restructuring and global change. Her PhD at Wilfrid Laurier University on Land Grabbing explored the political economy of foreign direct investment (FDI) and public policy, through the example of British and Chinese investment in sub-Saharan Africa (2000-2015), with the aim of encouraging investor motivation as well as developmental visions and participation effects in the investor countries and host countries empirically and analytically.
Ariane Goetz has been working at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) in Potsdam since October 2014, where she is concerned with international sustainability policy and political economy, including the social, economic and environmental impacts of agricultural and resource policy (renewable raw materials). Since 2017 she has been scientific project manager for the newly established IASS project "Governance and Participation" in which the interaction of participation and transformation, democratic participatory processes as well as the sustainability governance and participation effects of current energy and agricultural policies are being explored. Previous work experiences include several research positions at the GIZ, The Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Hertie School of Governance.