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Dr. Diana Giebels

Instsitut für Geographie
Universität Osnabrück
Seminarstraße 19a/b
49074 Osnabrück

Raum: 02/310
Tel.: +49 1512 5751520


Diana Giebels

Research Associate

Main research interests
- Ecosystem-based management
- Social network analysis and ecological network analysis
- Agent-based modeling
- Participatory and transdisciplinary research
- Knowledge governance

Diana Giebels is specialized in the field of ecosystem-based management. She conducted several projects with focus on the successful implementation of ecosystem-based management for marine and land use systems. At the University of Osnabrück she is responsible for the transdisciplinary research part of the iSeal project. The iSeal project focuses on the implementation of ecosystem-based management in the German Wadden Sea. Through the integration of social and ecological network analysis, the iSeal project develops decision-making tools for holistic understanding of local socio-ecological systems.


See also

Karrasch, L., Grothmann, T., Michel, T.A., Wesselow, M., Wolter, H., Unger, A., Wegner, A., Giebels, D., Siebenhüner, B. (2022). Integrating knowledge within and between knowledge types in transdisciplinary sustainability research: Seven case studies and an indicator framework, Environmental Science & Policy, Volume 131, Pages 14-25, ISSN 1462-9011,

Giebels D. (2021). Getting Ecosystem-based Management Implemented; How successful decision-makers (should) take up and fill in their task of knowledge governance, PhD-thesis, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Giebels, D., Carus, J., Paul, M., Kleyer, M., Siebenhüner, B., Arns, A., Bartholomä, A., Carlow V., Jensen J., Tietjen B., Wehrmann A. & Schröder, B. (2020). Transdisciplinary knowledge management: A key but underdeveloped skill in EBM decision-making. Marine Policy119, 104020

Safi, G., D. Giebels, N.L. Arroyo, J.J. Heymans, I. Preciado, A. Raoux, U. Schückel, S. Tecchio, V.N. de Jonge, N. Niquil (2019), Vitamine ENA: a framework for the development of ecosystem-based indicators for decision-makers, Ocean and Coastal Management, 174, 116-130

Giebels, D., Buuren, M.W. van & Edelenbos, J. (2016). Knowledge governance for ecosystem-based management: understanding its context dependency, Environmental Science and Policy, 55(3), 424-435, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2015.08.019

Giebels, D., Buuren, M.W. van & Edelenbos, J. (2015). Using knowledge in a complex decision-making process - evidence and principles from the Danish Houting Project's ecosystem-based management approach. Environmental Science & Policy, 47, 53-67, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2014.10.015

de Jonge, V.N. & Giebels, D. (2014). Handling the 'environmental knowledge paradox' in estuarine and coastal policy making, Ocean and Coastal Management, 108, 3–12, doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.10.013

Giebels, D. & Teisman, G.R. (2014). Towards ecosystem-based management for Mainports: A historical analysis of the role of knowledge in the development of the Rotterdam Harbor from 1827-2008, Ocean and Coastal Management, 108, 39–51, doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.11.008

Giebels, D. & de Jonge, V.N. (2014). Making ecosystem-based management effective: identifying and evaluating empirical approaches to the governance of knowledge. Emergence: Complexity and Organization,16(1), 60-76.

Puente-Rodríguez, D., Giebels, D. & de Jonge, V.N. (2014). Strengthening coastal zone management in the Wadden Sea by applying knowledge-practice interfaces, Ocean and Coastal Management, 108, 

Giebels, D., Buuren, M.W. van & Edelenbos, J. (2013). Ecosystem-based management in the Wadden Sea: Principles for the governance of knowledge. Journal of Sea Research, 82(3), 176-187.