Project team

INLOCADE is a collaborative research project, headed by researchers at Potsdam University and the Technical University of Darmstadt.

Find out more about the researchers involved in the project and feel free to get in touch with us!


Potsdam University

Prof. em. Dr. Harald Fuhr has been Professor of International Politics at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam. His research focuses on international climate change policies and carbon governance, public sector reforms, decentralization and local governance in developing countries. His courses at the University of Potsdam cover global governance, development politics, international political economy and theories of international relations. Since some of his research has considerable policy traction, he has also been advising the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union, the Development Center of the OECD, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Program.

Since 2012, he has been the speaker of the DFG Research Training Group 1744 on “Wicked Problems – Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy (WIPCAD)“. From 2004-2006, he was Vice-Rector of the University of Potsdam and from 2006-2009, he coordinated a research cluster of the SFB 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” and directed a research project on the Clean Development Mechanism.

Prior to joining the University of Potsdam, Harald Fuhr worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Konstanz, and as Sr. Public Sector Management Specialist in the Latin America and Caribbean Department of the World Bank in Washington, D.C., USA. He was principal author of the World Bank’s World Development Report 1997 on the “State in a Changing World”

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Anna Fünfgeld is a social scientist specialized in energy and climate politics, resource conflicts, social movements, and infrastructure studies. Her academic background is in political science/ international relations, geography, social and cultural anthropology, and German literature and language studies. Conceptually, Anna is interested in critical political economy, state theory, hegemony analysis, infrastructure studies and spatial approaches. Her regional focus is on Indonesia/ Southeast Asia and Brazil/ Latin America.

Anna is one of the principal researchers of the DFG-funded INLOCADE project. Additionally, she is a doctoral candidate at the International Politics Department of the University of Freiburg (supervised by Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Rüland) and at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg (supervised by Prof. em. Dr. Detlef Nolte). Her PhD research focuses on the question how energy transformations are constrained in Indonesia and Brazil.

Anna formerly worked as a researcher, and methodology coordinator at the BMBF-funded Freiburg Southeast Asian Studies project, and as a researcher and lecturer at the Department of International Politics and the Institute of Human Geography at Freiburg University. Anna also acted as principal researcher and project coordinator in projects on the agency of refugees in Germany (2016), and the spatial perception and practices in German public places (2014). She conducted an interdisciplinary study on Indonesia`s decentralization reforms and public service delivery in cooperation with GIZ, and empirical research for her Magister thesis on coal mining conflicts in Indonesia in 2011/12. She has carried out and contributed to several consultancy studies. Anna also works as a freelance radio journalist and offers workshops and training on anti-discrimination (anti-rightwing extremism/populism, argumentation training, Anti-Bias, and Betzavta).

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Joshua Philipp Elsässer is a doctoral researcher and currently works at the Chair of International Politics. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and English Philology at the University of Potsdam. Starting from October 2018, he will work on his PhD project that aims at analyzing the genesis, structure, and effectiveness of the cooperation between various intergovernmental treaty secretariats in global environmental governance.

Joshua has previously been involved with and conducted research for the DFG-funded research project “Carbon Governance Arrangements and the Nation-State”. In his master’s thesis, he analyzed the institutional interplay and its resulting inter-relationship between the UN Rio Conventions (UNFCCC, CBD, and UNCCD).

His main research interests include Global Environmental Governance; Complexity in International Relation International Institutions, Organizations, and Bureaucracies.

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Technical University of Darmstadt

I am a political scientist with a focus on International Politics. Since 2016, I head the research group International Relations at TU Darmstadt. I work on questions of global environmental, climate, and environmental politics. I am particularly interested in institutional developments and multi-level dynamics in countries of the global south.

I studied Political Science, International Law and Comparative Literary Studies and received my PhD from the LMU München in 2003. Later, I worked for several years at the Universität Potsdam, was substitute professor in Bremen, at the TU Darmstadt and DAAD Lecturer in Costa Rica before accepting a professorship in Münster and then at the TU Darmstadt.

In our institute, I coordinate the study program Internationale Studien/ Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, a cooperation between TU Darmstadt and Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/ Main. Together with Björn Egner, I coordinate the Erasmus exchange program. Further, I am a member of the research group Energie-Klima-Umwelt (EKU) and co-speaker of the working group “Umweltpolitik/ Global Change”.

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Trained as a political scientist with additional education in science & technology studies (STS), my research interests revolve around environmental governance, climate politics, and development. I am particularly interested in questions of power, institutions and knowledge production related to societal transformations. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University Darmstadt, I am primarily working in a joint DFG research project on the institutionalization of climate change mitigation efforts in the Global South.

My research interest are: (1) Knowledge, power and institutions in environmental politics, (2) Policy implementation in complex multi-level governance arrangements, (3) Visions and imaginaries in environmental discourses, (4) Social movements and non-state actors, and (5) Regional focus on South and Southeast Asia.

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Associated researchers


Thomas Hickmann joined the GLOBALGOALS Team and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University as a post-doctoral researcher in July 2019. His research is mainly concerned with the question of how societies can adequately deal with common pool resources, i.e. which institutions (broadly understood as organizations, regimes, and norms) need to be in place in order to overcome collective action problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, or land degradation, in order to promote the goal of global sustainability and peace. In particular, he analyzes (i) the interplay of international institutions and non-governmental organizations, (ii) the impact of new governance arrangements on public-administrative systems in the global South, and (iii) the role and function of sub-national and non-state actors in climate and sustainability governance. Prior to his current position, he worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam in Germany, where he taught B.A. and M.A. classes in Global (Sustainability) Politics and codirected the research project Carbon Governance Arrangements and the Nation-State: The Reconfiguration of Public Authority in Developing Countries.

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In August 2019, Chris Höhne joined the Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science of the Free University of Berlin as a research associate of the DFG-funded Reinhart Koselleck project TRANSNORMS.

From October 2015 until July 2019, Chris was working as a research associate in the DFG-funded research project “Carbon Governance Arrangements and the Nation-State“, which was based at the Research Group on International Relations of the Technical University of Darmstadt (Oct 2016 – Jul 2019) and at the Chair for International Governance of the University of Münster (Oct 2015 – Sep 2016). During this research period, Chris was a visiting researcher at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi, India (2018), the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mandi, India (2018), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia (2017), and the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in Bogor, Indonesia (2017). Following his undergraduate and graduate studies in Political Science and Economics at the University of Trier, at IEP “Sciences Po” Bordeaux and at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Chris was working at GIZ’s Competence Center of Climate Change and as a policy adviser with Thuringia’s Ministry of Economic Affairs.

His research interests are norm research, global-domestic governance dynamics, climate governance (with a special focus on forest, urban, and energy governance), and governance in the global South (especially in India and Indonesia).”

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