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Prof. Dr.
Claudia Pahl-Wostl

Universität Osnabrück
Institut für Geographie
Barbarastr. 12
49076 Osnabrück

Raum: 66/106
Barbarastraße 12
49076 Osnabrück
Tel: +49 541 969 2536
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Claudia Pahl-Wostl

Resource Management

Claudia Pahl-Wostl is full professor for resources management at the Institute for Environmental Systems Research (USF) in Osnabrück, Germany. She is an internationally leading scholar on governance and adaptive and integrated management of water resources and the role of social and societal learning. Her research programme builds on foundations in systems science, which explicitly acknowledge the complex and often unpredictable dynamics of the systems to be managed. In 2012 the Bode Foundation Water Management Prize was awarded to Prof. Pahl-Wostl for the pioneering interdisciplinary work on “Governance in times of change” and comparative analyses of water governance in large river basins.

Recent research interests include the water-energy-food nexus and SDG implementation and social-ecological-network analysis.







New publication: Water Governance in the Face of Global Change

Main research interests

  • Adaptive governance and management of environmental resources
  • Social and societal learning and their role in transformation processes towards sustainability
  • Global water governance in a multi-level governance system
  • Conceptual and methodological frameworks to analyse social-ecological systems.





  • Adaptive Management
  • Participatory modelling 
  • Environmental risk analysis and governance
  • Actor based and social network analysis
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Rule based modelling 
  • Adaptive Governance and Political Steering