Franziska Linz joined the IASS in January 2012 as a Research Associate. Since September 2017 she works at the Science Platform Sustainability 2030. She is responsible for accompanying the scientific working processes of the platform and its outputs in the form of papers, studies and other publications. Her focus is the sustainable use and governance of natural resources.
Before joining the Science Platform Franziska Linz worked at the Global Soil Forum on issues of sustainable use and responsible governance of soil and land. Here, too, she was involved in process-accompanying activities, like the professional preparation and follow-up of dialogical formats, as well as the moderation and analysis of transdisciplinary working and research processes. In this work she became familiar with several political processes, such as the negotiations to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the development of the UN Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests and their significance for soil and land. Her research interests are on theories of individual, collective and institutional transformations within different (cultural) contexts and in analyzing approaches and framing conditions that can facilitate this change.
Franziska holds a diploma in geo-ecology and majored in Environmental Management from the Otto Suhr Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland at the Marine and Coastal Resource Management Department. During her studies, she worked for international research institutes and international development cooperation bodies on scientific and development policy issues. These included i.a. the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama City and the former German Development Service (DED) in Bonn. Franziska wrote her diploma thesis as part of an EU-funded project in the field of knowledge integration for decision-making in sustainability governance at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig.