Ongoing projects

The dynamics of normative orders: Construction and effectiveness of justice demands in international climate and biodiversity negotiations (PhD thesis, working title)

Green Transformations in the global South (GreeTS): opening the blackbox of a pro-active state and the management of sustainability trade-offs in Costa Rica and Vietnam Öffnet externen Link in neuem Fenster. 

This international and interdisciplinary research project is funded by Volkswagen Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond ("Europe and Global Challenges") and is conducted in cooperation with partners from University of London, the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica, and the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), Vietnam.

In GreeTS we analyze the causes, consequences and different practices and types of farreaching sustainability changes in Vietnam and Costa Rica in the energy and land-use sectors. Thereby we target the puzzle that two countries from the global South with different political systems and historical records of national green politics are – at first sight – acting alike in pushing for greening their energy and land-use policies, notably in line with the global sustainability script. We investigate the implications of the two countries’ strong rhetorical claims and if/how they are translated into specific follow-up. Hence, GreeTS has the major aim to understand the forces behind this seemingly green agenda and the scope conditions of its realization. Particularly, the research will focus on the form and impact of state-society relations, political autonomy and transformations.

The insights from substantial cross-sectoral empirical research in the two countries will be of interest to academics and policy-makers.

Women in international climate negotiations: Diplomaten and lobyyists inter pares?

This research project started with a research grant of the Equal Opportunities Office (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt) in 2012 and asks whether stereotyping of women occurs in international negotiations, and - if so - with what effects.

Multilateral negotiations in the United Nations are characterized by formal equality of state participants. However, delegations differ with regard to material resources and man power. While this aspect is considered regularly, analyses of international negotiations still mostly neglected non-material factors of inequality as well as socio-psychological aspects that might come with them. For example, most delegations do not represent different social groups in an equal manner, with women usually being outnumbered. Against this background, the project focuses on how women actually perceive of their participation and standing in international negotiations. The project builds on one of the main concepts of gender-analysis (recognition) in order to elucidate the informal dynamics of negotiation processes and to contribute to an updated understanding of multilateral diplomacy.

Concluded projects

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in international climate negotiations (2009-13)

In this project – a contribution to the joint research project "The Quest for a 'New Deal': Opposition and the global political order" at the Cluster of Excellence Formation of Normative Orders at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt – I analysed the role and strategies of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in the climate negotiations of the United Nations.

Transnational Justice and Democracy (2008-9)

This project initiative of the Cluster of Excellence Formation of Normative Orders analysed the conditions and effects of pluralizing inter- and supranational governance arrangements with a particular focus on normative questions.

Business actors as political actors (2005-8)

Private (business) actors have been increasingly considered to be politically relevant, equipped with competencies to further environmental and social standards. Especially the international level sees regulatory efforts of transnational companies as relevant supplements of international arrangements which cannot be enforced hierarchically. Against this background, two research projects, located at Technical University Darmstadt and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt dealt with the question, under which conditions private business actors are willing to contribute actively to enhanced social and environmental standards, possibly even in zones of conflict.

Dr. des. Linda Wallbott



Technische Universität Darmstadt
Institut für Politikwissenschaft
D-64293 Darmstadt

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