Team Hagen

​Annette Elisabeth Töller

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​​Daniela PerbandtDaniela Perbandt


Daniela Perbandt graduated in mineralogy and geotechnics from the Technical Universities Bergakademie Freiberg and Clausthal with the ‘appraisal of a surface sealing system of a hazardous waste landfill’ in 2004. Following the work in the interdisciplinary project “Renewable Energies from Biomass by Phytoextraction of contaminated Soil” at the Clausthal Research Institute (CUTEC) Daniela Perbandt moved to the University of Kassel, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences. She holds an agricultural PhD in field spectroscopy. From 2012 to 2017, Daniela Perbandt was tutor at the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT in Oberhausen and the FernUniversität in Hagen for the ‘Interdisciplinary distance studies in Environmental Sciences (indistes)’. In 2017, she switched to the chair of Policy Analysis and Environmental Policy at the FernUniversität in Hagen.

In the project “Bio-Ecopoly” she works as a post-doc researcher, develops an online course in bioeconomy and analyses problem structures and the influence of indicators on political processes.

Thomas Vogelpohl​Thomas Vogelpohl


Thomas Vogelpohl graduated in political science from the Universities in Potsdam and Bologna with a diploma thesis about convergence dynamics in European biofuels policy. After a year as Junior Researcher at the Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy (InFER) at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, he worked at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) in Berlin from 2009 on, where his research focused on biofuels again. In the context of the junior research group “Fair Fuels? Biofuels between dead end and energy transition” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), he analyzed the German and European biofuels policy, which also was the subject of his doctoral thesis. Furthermore, he was working on many other research and consulting projects dealing with issues of environmental and sustainability policy. After he received his doctorate from the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) of the Free University of Berlin by the end of 2016, Thomas Vogelpohl started working at the FernUniversität in Hagen at the Chair for Policy Analysis and Environmental Policy as a post-doc researcher.

In the project “Bio-Ecopoly”, he is responsible for the analysis of the political processes of the case group of biofuels.

Team Magdeburg

Michael BöcherMichael Böcher

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Michael Böcher is a Professor of Political Science and Sustainable Development at the Otto-von Guericke University Magdeburg. His research and teaching interests are ‘Environmental and Sustainability politics’, especially in the areas of climate change, nature conservation, and regional development. Other important research areas are Scientific Policy Advice and scientific knowledge transfer in environmental sciences. Prof. Böcher studied Political Science, Economics and Media Studies at the University Marburg. Following his work as research group leader in the Department of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy at the University Göttingen he completed his doctoral thesis there. In 2015 Böcher moved to the Institute for Political Science of the FernUniversität in Hagen, before in 2016, he accepted the full professorship of Political Science at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg.

Katrin Beer​Katrin Beer

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Katrin Beer studied Ethnology/Geography (B.A.) and Geography of Global Change (M.Sc.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. She worked as a research assistant at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography in Freiburg as well as for the European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER/KIT) in Karlsruhe. In the frame of her studies and her work as a research assistant, she conducted empirical social science research in Germany, Indonesia, Namibia and Thailand. In her master thesis, Katrin Beer investigated the potential of facade greening for sustainable urban development and subsequently completed a six month lasting internship in the project “Connective Cities” for the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationele Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)” in Bonn. Since 2017, she works for the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg as a research associate at the Chair for Political Science and Sustainable Development.

In the Bio-Ecopoly project, Ms. Beer investigates primarily political processes in the case group Bioenergy (power and heat).

Bio-Ökopoli | 13.08.2021
Projekt „Politische Prozesse der Bioökonomie zwischen Ökonomie und Ökologie“ (Bio-Ökopoli)