Senior Research Fellow
Staff profile
Claudia Pahl-Wostl is professor for resources management, an endowed chair of the German Environmental Foundation, at the Institute for Environmental Systems Research in Osnabrück, Germany.

She is an internationally well known expert in adaptive management, water governance and participatory integrated assessment and agent based modelling. Before moving to USF Claudia Pahl-Wostl worked for more than ten years in the field of mathematical modelling, integrated assessment and human ecology at the Swiss Federal Institute for Science and Technology, Zürich and the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology, EAWAG, one of the leading water research institutes in Europe.

She is representative of the IHDP (International Human Dimension Program) in the Global Water System Project (a joint project of the ESSP — WCRP, IGBP, IHDP and DIVERSITAS) to develop a global change research program on the water issue from a social science perspective and president of TIAS, The International Society for Integrated Assessment.

Claudia Pahl-Wostl participates in and has coordinated several European projects. In particular she was coordinator of the EU project HarmoniCOP (Harmonizing Collaborative Planning on the role of social learning and IC-tools in participation with specific emphasis on the European Water Framework Directive) and the Integrated Project NEWATER (New methods for adaptive water management). NEWATER developed new methods for integrated water management taking into account the complexity of the river basins to be managed and the difficulty to predict the factors influencing them (e.g. climate, socio-economic developments).

NEWATER focused in particular on the transition from current regimes of water management in a river basin to more integrated, adaptive approaches with strong stakeholder participation.

Selected recent publications
Pahl-Wostl. C. 2009. A conceptual framework for analysing adaptive capacity and multi-level learning processes in resource governance regimes. Global Environmental Change, 18: 354-365.

Pahl-Wostl, C., Gupta,J. and Petry, D. 2008. Governance and the Global Water System: Towards a Theoretical Exploration, Global Governance, 14: 419-436.

Pahl-Wostl, C., Tàbara, D., Bouwen, R, Craps, M., Dewulf, A., Mostert, E., Ridder,D., and Taillieu, T. 2008. The role of social learning and culture for water resources management.  Ecological Economics, 64, 484-495.

Pahl-Wostl, C., J. Sendzimir, P. Jeffrey, J. Aerts, G. Berkamp, and K. Cross. 2007. Managing change toward adaptive water management through social learning. Ecology and Society 12(2): 30.

Pahl-Wostl, C., M. Craps, A. Dewulf, E. Mostert, D. Tabara, and T. Taillieu. 2007. Social learning and water resources management. Ecology and Society 12(2): 5.


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