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Josephin Wagner


M. Sc. Sustainability Management and Economics

Josephin Wagner investigates the framework conditions under which the value of nature can be better taken into account in decisions – for example, when cities adapt to climate change. She is also researching the sustainable potential of socio-technical systems such as machine learning.

In projects such as Sponge City, the economist with a background in communication science focuses on institutions in socio-ecological and socio-technical systems. She uses qualitative and transdisciplinary methods such as interviews, workshops and real-world laboratories in her day-to-day research. 


Main focus

  • Economic values in political and administrative decision-making processes in the context of climate adaptation
  • Institutional arrangements for the sustainable design of socio-technical and socio-ecological systems


  • Since 12/2020: Researcher at the IÖW
  • 2019 – 2020: Research assistant in the project Digitalization and Social-Ecological Transformation at the IÖW
  • 2017 – 2019: Coordinator for writing workshops in the Network for Pluralist Economics e.V. for the online learning platform Exploring Economics


  • 2015 – 2019: Master of Science in Sustainable Management at the University of Kassel
  • 2011 – 2015: Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science and Economics at the University of Greifswald