Governance in Transition

The Governance in Transition research theme analyzes how governance structures shape decisions and subsequent outcomes by building on and contributing to research on decision-making processes, public acceptance, risk perception, cognitive biases, and cultural perspectives, as well as participatory governance design.

Raising hands © Claudiad | iStock

Raising hands © Claudiad | iStock

The Governance in Transition research theme contributes to the understanding of transformations in governance frameworks across diverse risk policy areas, including community flood resilience, disaster risk reduction and transfer, ecosystem services, siting controversial infrastructure and facilities, as well as climate change mitigation.   

It specifically involves the design of participatory governance via stakeholder processes and interactions, including methods of participatory modeling, games, and game theory.

Meeting the challenges of climate change, disasters, and social-ecological shifts requires not only technical and economic capabilities but also transitions in the way we govern - toward more adaptive and inclusive approaches. Thus operationalizing research on governance is more than communicating scientific results to policymakers and analyzing how these results are interpreted and implemented; it also involves working with stakeholders to co-generate actionable knowledge. 

Associated projects

The research feeds into a number of major projects:

Citizen Science for Landslide Risk Reduction and Disaster Resilience Building in Mountain Regions (Landslide EVO)

LandslideEVO brings together experts in environmental hazards, engineering social sciences resilience, citizen science, and computational modelling to improve disaster resilience in Western Nepal. More

Advancing WFaS East Africa: Scaling out resilient water and agricultural systems (scaleWAYS)

The research and development project analyzes up scaling options for water and land management practices for the resilient and sustainable intensification of agricultural production and food systems in the extended Lake Victoria Basin. More


Austria has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 with a view on meeting the 1.5°C and 2°C target set out in the Paris Agreement of 2015. This however requires a significant transformation of societies at all levels and in all sectors.  More

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Last edited: 26 February 2020


Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer

Emeritus Research Scholar

Equity and Justice Research Group

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