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Lena Riemann





Lena Riemann

M.Sc. Geography of Global Change

Professur für Forst- und Umweltpolitik
Tennenbacher Str. 4

Room 0463

D - 79106 Freiburg i. Br.





Lena Riemann is a PhD researcher at the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy at the University of Freiburg. In her research she investigates the perceived conflict of forest conservation vs forest management and analyzes the communication among and inbetween actor groups involved in this conflict. The aim is to develop communication management strategies that foster mutual understanding and dialogue to open up the process towards the development of new and creative solutions of integrated forest management.

Lena's interest for sustainable forestry and forest policy originated while living in the Amazon rainforest in 2011/12 for a year, supporting the local NGO AIDER in a sustainable forestry project. Subsequently, Lena studied Political Science at Freie Universität of Berlin, spending one year abroad at the policial science department of ISCTE Lisbon. In her thesis she specialized on natural resource management in protected areas. During her Master's degree in Geography of Global Change at the University of Freiburg she developed an interest for bioeconomy, a cross-cutting topic that as well includes natural resource management and policy. She wrote her Master's thesis as part of the European Forestry Institute's PERFORM project - Perceiving the Forest-Based Sector in the Bioeconomy. Lena spent 10 months working for the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), both in the sectoral department on forests, fishery, biodiversity conversation and sustainable agriculture in Eschborn and in the New Delhi regional office, supporting the project "Soil protection and rehabilitation for food security in India". After completion of her Master's degree she worked as freelance writer and researcher.


Research interests

·       Environmental / forest policy

·       Environmental sociology

·       Political conflicts

·       Interdisciplinary research

·       Knowledge production

·       Communication


Research projects

    2023 - 2025

Optkom (Zielgruppenspezifische Kommunikation für nachhaltige Waldbewirtschaftung und Waldnaturschutz)


Studkombio (Studierendenkommunikation zur Bioökonomie)

The project aimed at informing students across various study programmes (including forest and environmental sciences) about the concept, the opportunities and challenges of the (forest-based) bioeconomy. At the same time, the students learned basic communication skills and developed a social media product, in which they conveyed creatively what they had learned about bioeconomy. More info: www.studkom.bio


PERFORM (Perceiving the forest-based bioeconomy)

In the framework of the Perform project (coordinated by European Forestry Institute) I conducted research on the question how bioeconomy is framed by the German government in contrast to how it is framed by civil society organizations / environmental NGOs.


Lectures (involved with)

    Summer semester 2023

Joint Module Ecosystem Management

Environmental Policy Analysis

Education & Communication

    Summer semester 2022

Project Study Bioeconomy & Communication


Professional formation

    2022 - current

PhD Researcher at the University of Freiburg within the OPTKOM project

Project staff in the project StudkomBio - Student's Communication about Bioeconomy at the University of Freiburg. More information about the project: www.studkom.bio

    2016 - 2019

M.Sc. Geography of Global Change at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg

Thesis: Bioökonomie-Framing in Deutschland: Ein Vergleich des zivilgesellschaftlichen Bioökonomie-Framings mit dem politischen Bioökonomie-Framing in Deutschland

    2012 - 2016

B.A. Political Science at Freie University, Berlin

Thesis: Patricipatory Management of Natural Reserves: State Involvement and Biodiversity Conversation



Riemann, Lena; Giurca, Alexandru & Kleinschmit, Daniela (2022): Contesting the Framing of Bioeconomy Policy in Germany: The NGO Perspective. In: Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, Vol. 24(6), p. 822-838. https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2022.2071689


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