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. Her research interest expands into the analysis and governance of human-environment interactions and global change impacts of coupled human-ocean systems. She has been with the IASS since June 2017 and conducts research on implementing the 2030 Agenda in the context of ocean governance, e.g. on the role of voluntary commitments or the implications of linkages between Sustainable Development Goals for ocean governance. She is further co-leading the PROG Marine Regions Forum project.
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.