Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 10117 Berlin
we welcome you to the second session of the WINS Seminar series (Seminar of
the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems).
Andreas Thiel: Exploring polycentricity in cases of scalar re-organisation
of natural resource governance in the EU (Synopsis below)
It will take place on:
Thursday, May 8, 3pm (ct.)
4th floor, room 4088
Map and room location
„The concept of polycentricity once again gains currency in research on
governance of Social-ecological Technical Systems. The presentation revisits
the various conceptualization of polycentricity and proposes it as framework
for research on governance and its evolution. Subsequently, it uses the
concept to frame recent research by the author on scalar re-organisation of
natural resource governance in the EU, looking at cases of inland freshwater
and marine governance. Conclusions show that constitutional rules and
characteristics of social problems shape the way governance is organized.
The process can be described as co-evolution between governance and
perceptions of social-ecological systems where selection is performed by
actors that are constitutionally positioned to respond to social problems
and supra-national regulatory requirements. While scalar reorganization of
natural resource governance is surely a very complex process, some causal
tendencies in regard to theory formation could be derived.“
WINS is presently in a stage of formation. Within the interdisciplinary
context of the Integrative Research Institute on Human Environment systems
(IRI-THESyS), it shall serve as a platform for intense exchange of knowledge
and mutual learning between scholars interested in the role of institutions
in Social-Ecological Systems (SES).
Berlin’s environmental research community is among the most prolific in
Europe and the world and we want to take advantage of that. Thus, throughout
the 10 sessions of the series we will introduce the work of prominent
scholars from Research Institutes that center around Berlin, including
IRI-THESys, Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural
Planning (IRS), Potsdam Institute for Climate Change, Global Climate Forum,
to mention a few. Additionally, we have visits by scholars from other
European and US Universities.
“WINS Seminar” sessions will take place every Thursday, 3pm, during the
summer semester (except for the public holidays).
On May 15, June 19, and July 10, the WINS Seminar (3pm) will precede the
THESys Lecture series (starting at 5pm). See for more
We are looking forward to inspiring presentations and productive exchanges.