Doctoral Researcher

Katharina Bäumler is a doctoral researcher at the Agricultural and Food Policy Group of the Thaer-Institute at HU Berlin and with the Coordination Unit Climate, Soil, Biodiversity at Thünen Institute. She holds a M.A. in International Development from Sciences Po Paris that she completed with a master thesis on agroforestry governance in Ile-de-France. Before starting her PhD in 2022, she worked with the UN Environment Program and several other public entities between Brussels, Cambodia and Tunisia.

In her PhD, Katharina focusses on the constitution of soil health as a policy-problem in Germany and the EU. With a focus on qualitative methods, she examines the problematisation of soil health from three different perspectives: politics, sciences and agricultural practice.

Research Interests

  • Problem-constitution in agri-environment policy
  • Socio-economic factors in sustainable soil management
  • Politics of knowledge, discursive institutionalism


Bäumler, K. (2021). Agroforestry governance in Ile-de-France: Agro-ecological transition between territorial dynamics and the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. Master Thesis. Sciences Po Paris. Available here.

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