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Wibke Müller

Dipl Political Science 
Professur für Forst- und Umweltpolitik
Tennenbacher Str. 4
D - 79106 Freiburg i. Br.
Room: 04061 
Telefon:(0761) 203-3720


Wibke studied biology and political science at the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) and holds a diploma in political science. She held a DAAD scholarship and did internships in Nicaragua for seven months. Within the DRIeR project she works as a Research Associate and PhD candidate at the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy at the Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany. In December 2016 she started her doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Daniela Kleinschmit.

In her work she deals with sustainable water governance and drought risk management in Southern Germany. In the face of climate change drought management will become a future challenge to drought-affected sectors in order to develop and implement management actions to increase resiliency and adaptation. The research project DRIeR, funded under the Baden-Württemberg Water Network, addresses this problem by means of an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach, combining science, decision makers and regional actors to assess the effects of drought on Baden-Württemberg, and to develop a governance model for drought regulation and an information and collaboration platform which operates as knowledge broker to practice.

Her work is made up of two work packages: First, the objective is to analyze drought risk framings as well as problem and solution framings of different drought-affected sectors. The media analysis focuses on main drought events in Southern Germany since the 1950s and uses quantitative and qualitative content analysis. Second, the research interest is to analyze the current management of drought risks and drought-related conflicts at various political levels (municipalities, river basis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, EU) and between different drought-related sectors in order to identify the conflicts that arise due to the current governance modes and to state needs for further policy integration. Therefore she analyzes policy documents and conducts qualitative interviews with state and non-state actors. Her doctoral thesis is being completed by a comparative analysis of drought governance and drought-related discourses in a country comparison with Spain.

More information about the DRIeR project HERE

Research interests:

  • Climate change and environmental policies
  • Governance of biodiversity and the use of natural resources
  • Risk and uncertainty in climate change adaptation policies
  • Resilience
  • Problematization and politicization processes
  • The role of human rights in sustainable development
  • Social conflicts over the distribution or use of natural resources and their manifestations, management, and solutions
  • Inter- and transdisciplinary science on sustainability
  • Science-policy interactions
  • Stakeholder participation, legitimacy, citizen science approaches


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