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Helen Sharp


M. A. Political Science

Transformation goes beyond political projects aimed at socially supported environmental policies – it demands extensive changes that must be negotiated within society. As a political scientist, Helen Sharp explores how ecological and social dimensions interconnect in transformation processes, and necessary conditions for successful transformation.

A central focus of her work is examining the role of civil society as a hub for socio-ecological discourse and innovation, as well as its impact on political processes. Additionally, she works on social justice issues in different areas, such as wind energy expansion and resource conservation.


Main focus

  • Governance of sustainability transformations
  • Social justice and participation
  • Civil society in transformation processes


  • Since 03/2018: Researcher at the IÖW
  • 2016 – 2017: Project Assistant in Climate Diplomacy at adelphi, Berlin
  • 09/2015 – 12/2015: Internship at the International Project Office of the Earth System Governance Project, Lund, Sweden
  • 2011 – 2013: Student Assistant at the Chair for International Relations and Comparative Government under Prof. Ulrich Menzel, “Technische Universität Braunschweig”


  • 10/2013 – 12/2016: Master of Arts in Political Science at “Freie Universität Berlin”
  • 10/2009 – 09/2013: Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences at “Technische Universität Braunschweig”