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Prof. Dr. Daniela Kleinschmit
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Curriculum Vitae 

Since 12/2014      

Professor for Forest and Environmental Policy at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

6/2010- 11/2014

Assoc. Professor for Forest policy at SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) in Uppsala


Docentships at SLU

02/2008 – 05/2010

Assistant Professor for Forest Policy at SLU

07/2007 – 02/2008

Researcher in the project „Agricultural Policy between path dependency and path creation“ (supported by DFG) at the Chair Agribusiness Administration and agricultural Policy at the University of Göttingen  

12/2003- 02/2008

Heading the junior research group on “Global Forest Discourses  - Between Media and Science“ (supported amongst other by Volkswagenstiftung) at the Institute of Forest Policy at the University of Göttingen  

03/2003 – 12/2003

Wissenschaftlerin in der Nachwuchsforschergruppe “AgChange. Konflikte der Agrarwende” an der Universität Hamburg


Dissertation “Contribution of the media to political success. Forestry and Nature Conservation in the Policy Field Forest.” (in German)

09/1998 – 02/2003

Doctoral student at the Institute of Forest Policy at the University of Göttingen 

01/2000 - 12/2001

Stipend of the Niedersächsischen Graduiertenförderung

12/1999 – 07/2000

Researcher in a project on Red List Species (supported by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation)

08/1999 - 12/1999                     

Researcher in a project on Forest die-back at the Institute of Socio-economy at the University of Life sciences (BOKU) in Vienna

10/1993 – 08/1998

Study of Forest Sciences at the University of Göttingen

03/1998 – 02/2003

Study of Social Sciences, with focus on Political Science and Communication Science at the University of Göttingen


Research interest

My research is problem oriented and applied as well as theory driven. It comprises following areas linking research on ideas, interests and institutions: 

  • Policy studies in the area of land use, in particular on forest, agriculture, climate and nature conservation
  • Interlinkages between land use policies at different political levels
  • Policy integration
  • Political communication in forest and environmental policy
  • Democracy, participation and discourses
  • Sustainability research, e.g. on bioeocnomy



  • Forest- und Environmental Policy
  • International Forest Governance
  • Communication and Public Relations
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