Barbara Neumann is a senior research associate with the Ocean Governance Research Group at IASS. Trained as a geographer, she has specialized in sustainable development and governance of coastal and marine areas. Positioned in the research of society-environment interactions and global change processes, her research interest is in understanding the role of boundary conditions and governance processes and how these can be shaped for sustainability transformations in the context of ocean and coasts. In current projects, she looks for example into approaches for co-creative knowledge production and transformation of ocean governance in the context of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development.
Barbara holds a doctorate in Geography from Saarland University, Germany, and was a postdoctoral researcher in physical geography and environmental research at Saarland University from 2002 until 2010. From 2010 to 2017, she was a research associate with the Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise research group at the Department of Geography at Kiel University and member of the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" in Kiel, Germany. Here she undertook research and taught on climate change and sea-level rise impacts, and sustainability and governance of coastal areas. From 2014 until 2018, she was honorary senior fellow with the Australian National Institute of Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong, Australia.