Franziska Ehnert, Dr. rer. pol.


Phone +49 0351 4679 282

Research Interests

Sustainability transitions

  • Urban transitions towards sustainability
  • Transition governance
  • Citizen participation
  • Policy change and ministerial administration

Professional Experience


Researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden, Germany


Researcher at the Chair of Political Science, Administration and Organisation, University of Potsdam, Germany



M.A. in Political Science, Economics and Slavonic Studies, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany


Undergraduate Studies in Political Science and Economics, Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany


Research project "New Partnerships for Sustainable Urban Development? The Potential of Transition Town Initiatives" (2018-2019)
Funded by the Federal Association for Housing and Urban Development (vhw)

Research project "City of the Future: Dresden 2030+" (2017-2018)
Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda "City of the Future" (FINA) and Research for Sustainable Development (FONA)

Research project "Accelerating and Rescaling Transitions to Sustainability" (ARTS) (2013-2016)
Funded by the European Commission, 7th Framework Program (FP7)

Research project "Governance Structures in Climate Policy" (2010-2013)
Research consortium "Potsdam Research Cluster for Georisk Analysis, Environmental Change and Sustainability" (PROGRESS)
Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

External Publications

Franziska Ehnert (2019): Climate Policy in Denmark, Germany, Estonia and Poland. Ideas, Discourses and Institutions. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing,