Dr. Ulrike Zeigermann | Associated Researcher
Ulrike Zeigermann is a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer in political science at the University of Magdeburg focusing on international knowledge circulation and norm transfer processes in interdisciplinary sustainability research. Key areas of interest are international sustainability and development policies, human rights, and theories of global governance. She has previously held academic positions at the universities of Surrey, Münster, Koblenz-Landau, Berlin, and at the OECD in Paris.
From 2015 to 2017 Ulrike co-managed the research group “Public Policy and Knowledge Circulation” at the Centre Marc Bloch. Afterwards, she joined the research group “Crisis and Constitution of Social Order” at the CMB and works on questions of peace and security studies as Associate Researcher at the Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate.
Ulrike Zeigermann holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Münster (2017). In her dissertation she examined the ‘Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development’ concept. She received her MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science and her double diploma degree in Political Science/European Studies from Sciences Po Lille and the University of Münster.
2020 : Erasmus+ Scholarship for Research at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences
2019 : Scholarship for research and scientific conference in Canada (OVGU Professorinnenprogramm II)
2018 : DAAD Research Scholarship (Australia)
2016 : PhD Scholarship Centre Marc Bloch
2015 : DAAD Research Scholarship (Canada)
2013 - 2016: PhD Scholarship Heinrich Böll Foundation
2009 - 2012: Graduate Scholarship Heinrich Böll Foundation
2007 - 2011: Research Grant French-German University
2007 : Research Scholarship Franco-German Youth Office
Human Rights - Sustainable Development - Human Security - Policy Coherence for Development - Comparative Policy Analysis - Global Governance - Knowledge circulation
Title of thesis
Policy Coherence for Development - from a vague idea towards a global norm?
Summary of thesis
Since its emergence, the concept of policy coherence for development (PCD) – the integration of sustainable development at all stages of policy making due to the expected effects of those decisions on developing countries – has become a prominent idea in international development cooperation. Despite its increasing popularity the concept remains vague and contested. There has been confusion about what the concept actually means and how it can or should be applied in international relations and in development studies.
In my dissertation, I analyze the international circulation of administrative knowledge and political ideas on PCD through transnational networks. I study in particular interactions between the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and its member states focusing on France, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Based on my qualitative empirical research I explain how and why the concept could become a success story. I show that the increasing dissemination of PCD can be explained with the help of conceptual, institutional and actor-related factors. Paradoxically, the concept’s alleged weakness – its ambiguity – has contributed to its development as an international soft norm. Drawing upon insights about the different approaches to implement PCD in France, the United Kingdom and Germany from my comparative analysis, I identify three frames of the concept. Finally, I show that centralized policy entrepreneurs have played an important role in international transfer of knowledge.
Prof. Dr. Paul Kevenhörster und Prof. Dr. Markus Lederer
Research group: Energy Transitions
Research group: "Crisis and emergence of social orders"
Resarch Project "Shared Society"
Resarch Project "Laypersons in Law - Social Science Perspectives on Legal Practices of Non-professionals"
Organization of the programme: "Zukunftswege"
Organization of the research group: "Public action and circulation of knowledge" (Groupe de travail Action publique et circulation des savoirs)
Organisation of Events
Contested Futures in Energy Transition(s) International Conference, Berlin 12/2019
Pour une approche interdisciplinaire de l’énergie - French-German Expert Workshop, Berlin 06/2019
International Conference: Laypersons in Law – Social Science Perspectives on Legal Practices of Non-professionals, Berlin 09-10 May 2019 (https://www.cmb.hu-berlin.de/zentrum/neuigkeit/call-for-papers-laypersons-in-law/)
Winter School for Young Scholars: Politics and Law – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue between Social and Legal Sciences, Berlin, 28 – 30 November 2019
Contested knowledge and expertise in sustainability politics - Panel at the International Conference on Public Policy, Montréal 26-28. June 2019
Conflict and Cooperation in Natural Resource Politics - Panel at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conferences, Wroclaw 2019
Water and Energy in Climate Governance, Subnational Climate Governance, Innovation, Expertise & Knowledge in Sustainability Transformations Panels at the IPSA World Congress 2020, Lisbon
Policy Translation and Translators Panel at the II International Conference on Policy Diffusion and Development Cooperation, São Paulo 2020
Recent publications and presentations
• Responsible Business Conduct: From good intentions to sustainable development, Ulrike Zeigermann, Coherence for Development. Better Policies for Better Lives. Issue 3, OECD Publishing, Paris 2014
• Restorative Justice and Land Reform in South Africa, David Betge und Ulrike Zeigermann, CCS Working Paper Series, 2014 (im Erscheinen); Präsentiert auf der "Understanding Justice in Conflicts" Konferenz, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey 2013
• Französische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und der Mythos vom gemeinsamen Wachstum, Ulrike Zeigermann, in: Benjamin Laag, Janina-Lorena Obermeyer (Hrsg.) Europa in der Verantwortung. Entwicklungspolitische Herausforderungen und Perspektiven. Münster 2013
• Effects of non-aid policies in France and Germany on fragile and conflict-affected states, Conference Paper für die „International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice“. The Earth Institute, Columbia University. New York, 2013
• Aid Fragmentation and Effectiveness of French and German development cooperation, Conference Paper für ‚Fragmentation or Pluralism Conference’. Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik. Bonn, 2013
Contested Knowledge in Sustainability Governance
Ulrike Zeigermann focuses on public policy analysis, political networks and knowledge circulation in environmental and climate change governance. In her current habilitation project, she examines the international transfer of contested norms and knowledge in sustainability transitions. In particular, she studies changes in political decision-making processes related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The creation of global transdisciplinary sustainability platforms raises new theoretical and empirical questions about the relationship between knowledge, governance and sustainability against the background of complex crises (climate change & social inequalities) in the age of globalization, digitalization and increasing mistrust in politics and media ("fake news"). Under which conditions does innovative knowledge about sustainable development lead to sustainable policies? The investigation of this question touches not only on structures, processes and interactions in international organizations and networks, but also on legal issues (including the role of laypersons in environmental law) and fundamental concerns about the constitution of modern social orders.
Transnational Policy Entrepreneurs. Bureaucratic Influence and Knowledge Circulation in Global CooperationMay 18, 2020
This book explains how transnational policy entrepreneurs have contributed to the transfer of the contested concept of ‘Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development’ (PCSD) in global policy.
Tracing the processes by which the PCSD concept has been diffused in an international epistemic community linked to the EU and the OECD, the book offers new insights on international public administrations’ influence on global decision-making. It highlights the dynamic and multi-directional character of knowledge circulation in policy transfer. Drawing on case studies from France, the United Kingdom and Germany, the book contributes to current debates on sustainable development, revealing the role of actors and the logics behind ‘policy coherence’. Thus, it allows to understand the challenges involved in implementing SDG 17.
Given its scope, the book will be of considerable interest to academic audiences and students of international relations and policy analysis, as well as practitioners and public officials whose work involves global sustainability policy.
Ulrike Zeigermann is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Sustainable Development at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany, and an associated researcher at the Marc Bloch Centre.
Transnational Policy Entrepreneurs - Bureaucratic Influence and Knowledge Circulation in Global Cooperation. Forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020
Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development – A promising approach for Human Security in Fragile States? In: Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, 2020
Challenges for bridging the gap between knowledge and governance in sustainability policy – The case of OECD ‘Focal Points’ for Policy Coherence for Development, Ulrike Zeigermann and Michael Böcher, in: Forest Policy and Economics, 2019
Policy Transfer in a Global Economy, Ulrike Zeigermann and Elsa Tulmet, in: Policy Transfer and Norm CirculationTowards an Interdisciplinary and Comparative Approach. Edited by Laure Delcour, Elsa Tulmets, Routledge, 2019
Politikwissenschaftliche Grundlagen. Ulrike Zeigermann and Lars Berker, in: Haase/ Körner/ Strubelt. Veröffentlichung zur Lehrveranstaltung Klimaanpassung und Nachhaltigkeit an der Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg im Sommersemester 2019. LOGiSCH Verlag, Magdeburg 2019
Akteure in Sekretariaten internationaler Organisationen. Das OECD-Sekretariat im Kontext der Policy Coherence for Development-Debatte Ulrike Zeigermann, in: der moderne staat dms: Zeitschrift für Public Policy, Recht und Management; Jg. 11, Nr. 2 (2018): Verwaltung als Akteur Akteure in der Verwaltung; Verlag Barbara Budrich, 2018
Governing Sustainable Development through ‘Policy Coherence’? The production and circulation of knowledge in the EU and the OECD. in: European Journal on Sustainable Development. 2018
The proliferation of Policy Coherence for Development – from a vague idea towards a global norm? Dissertation. IMB Hochschulschrift der Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster, 2017
Responsible Business Conduct: From good intentions to sustainable development, Ulrike Zeigermann, Coherence for Development. Better Policies for Better Lives. Issue 3, OECD Publishing, Paris 2014
Restorative Justice and Land Reform in South Africa, David Betge und Ulrike Zeigermann, CCS Working Paper Series, 2014; Präsentiert auf der "Understanding Justice in Conflicts" Konferenz, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey 2013
Französische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und der Mythos vom gemeinsamen Wachstum, Ulrike Zeigermann, in: Benjamin Laag, Janina-Lorena Obermeyer (Hrsg.) Europa in der Verantwortung. Entwicklungspolitische Herausforderungen und Perspektiven. Münster 2013
Recent Conference Contributions (Selection):
International Public Policy Association (IPPA) Conferences, Montréal 2019 and Pittsburgh 2018, Panel Chair of: Contested knowledge and expertise in sustainability politics, Oral Presentations: Challenging scientific knowledge and expertise in sustainability politics; Intermediary actors in interdependent and complex policy processes
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conferences, Wroclaw 2019, Hamburg 2018, Panel Chair of: Conflict and Cooperation in Natural Resource Politics; Oral Presentations: Power, Interests and Knowledge Behind New Approaches for Sustainable Development & Integration to Overcome Tensions between Knowledge and Governance in Sustainability Policy –The Case of OECD ‘Focal Points’ for Policy Coherence for Development
International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress, Lisbon 2020 and Brisbane 2018, Panel Chair of Water and Energy in Climate Governance, Subnational Climate Governance, Innovation, Expertise & Knowledge in Sustainability Transformations, Authoritarian Politics & Policy-Making & Paper Presenter: Circulation of Knowledge on Sustainable Development in the Modern International Cooperation Architecture; Human Rights Education 2.0
German Political Science Association (DVPW), Environmental Governance Conference Darmstadt 2020: Oral Presentation: Knowledge integration for the Sustainable Development Goals - The role of science-based actor
networks; Environmental Governance in Teaching Workshop in Magdeburg 2019, Oral Presentation: Planspiel Klimaanpassung in der Landespolitik; General Conference Frankfurt Main 2018, Oral Presentation: Wie nachhaltig müssen und können Politiken in modernen Demokratien sein?
Jahrestagungen des Forum Junge Staats-, Verwaltungs- und Policy-Forschung, Kassel 2019 and Konstanz 2018, Oral Presentations: Nachhaltig verwirklicht und wirklich verwaltet? Eine kritische Bestandsaufnahme der Debatte um Governance für nachhaltige Entwicklung; Sekretariate internationaler Organisationen als Policy Entrepreneurs und Agents of Transfer?
II International Conference on Policy Diffusion and Development Cooperation, São Paulo 2020, Panel Chair: Policy Translation and Translators
"Menschenrechtsbildung 2.0" erschienen auf dem Blog der Friedensakademie RLP, 2017
"Quo vadis UNESCO?" erschienen auf dem Bog der Friedensakademie RLP, 2017
"Populismus als Unwort des Jahres 2016?" erschienen auf dem Blog von Polis 180, 2017