Postdoctoral Researcher

Thomas Vogelpohl is a postdoctoral researcher at the Agricultural and Food Policy Group at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He works in the “Climate and Water under Change” project (CliWaC) with Prof. Dr. Peter Feindt on the reflexivity and resilience of the water-climate governance nexus in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

Before joining CliWaC, Thomas earned his diploma in political science at the Universities of Potsdam and Bologna (2008). He then worked at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna and at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) in Berlin until 2015. There he worked, among other things, on his dissertation on German biofuel policy, on the basis of which he was awarded the academic degree of Doctor of Political Science at the FU Berlin in 2016. From 2017, he worked on environmental governance issues at the FernUniversität in Hagen and at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena before taking up his current position at HU Berlin in June 2022.

Research Interests

  • Environmental policy analysis
  • Multi-level governance
  • Energy, water and climate policy

Selected Publications

Vogelpohl, Thomas, Katrin Beer, Benjamin Ewert, Daniela Perbandt, Annette Elisabeth Töller & Michael Böcher (2022): Patterns of European bioeconomy policy. Insights from a cross-case study of three policy areas, Environmental Politics, 31(3), pp. 386-406.

Vogelpohl, Thomas (2021): Transnational sustainability certification for the bioeconomy? Patterns and discourse coalitions of resistance and alternatives in biomass exporting regions. Energy, Sustainability and Society, 11, 3.

Vogelpohl, Thomas & Annette Elisabeth Töller (2021): Perspectives on the bioeconomy as an emerging policy field. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 23(2), pp. 143–151.

Töller, Annette Elisabeth, Thomas Vogelpohl, Katrin Beer & Michael Böcher (2021): Is bioeconomy policy a policy field? A conceptual framework and findings on the European Union and Germany, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 23(2), pp. 152–164.

Böcher, Michael, Annette Elisabeth Töller; Daniela Perbandt; Katrin Beer; Thomas Vogelpohl (2020): “Research trends: Bioeconomy governance and politics”. Forest Policy and Economics, 118, 102219.

Hirschl, Bernd, Thomas Vogelpohl (2019): „Energiepolitik in Deutschland und Europa. In: Radtke, Jörg, Weert Canzler (eds.): Energiewende. Eine sozialwissenschaftliche Einführung. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 69–95.

Vogelpohl, Thomas, Daniela Perbandt (2019): “Sustainability certification of biofuels in the EU: Democratically legitimate and socio-environmentally effective?” In: Vogt, Melissa (ed.): Sustainability Certification Schemes in the Agricultural and Natural Resource Sectors: Outcomes for Society and the Environment. London: Routledge, pp. 179–198.

Vogelpohl, Thomas (2018): Biokraftstoffpolitik in Deutschland. Zur diskursiven Konstruktion einer multiplen Problemlösung. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Vogelpohl, Thomas, Dörte Olhorst, Mischa Bechberger, Bernd Hirschl (2017): German renewable energy policy: independent pioneering versus creeping Europeanization? In: Solorio Sandoval, Israel; Jörgens, Helge (eds.), A Guide to EU Renewable Energy Policy: Comparing Europeanization and Domestic Policy Change in EU Member States. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 45-64.

Vogelpohl, Thomas (2015): Immunization by neoliberalization: the strange non-death of the win-win narrative in European agrofuel policy. In: Dietz, Kristina; Brunnengräber, Achim; Engels, Bettina; Pye, Oliver (eds.): The Political Ecology of Agrofuels. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, pp. 236–252. 

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