Prof. Dr. Kristine Kern

Kristine Kern joined the IRS Research Department Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods in 2012. She also worked as a Professor at the Faculty for Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam (2012-2016), Universitair Docent in the Environmental Policy Group (ENP) at Wageningen University, The Netherlands (2008-2012), Visiting Research Professor at the Department for Life Sciences at Södertörn University, Huddinge, Sweden (2007-2008), and DAAD Guest Professor at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA (2005-2007).

After her studies in Public Administration, Economics and Political Science in Stuttgart, Tübingen and Berlin she earned her PhD in Political Science (Freie Universität Berlin, 1998), which was awarded the Joachim Tiburtius Dissertation Award of the State of Berlin. Kristine Kern then joined the DFG Graduate School “Democracy in the USA” at the John F. Kennedy Institute of the FU Berlin as a postdoc researcher (1997-1999) and subsequently worked as a senior researcher at the Berlin Social Science Center (1999-2005).

In 2007/2008 she was awarded Riksbankens Jubileumsfond’s research prize for a one-year research stay at Södertörn University (Sweden), and in 2010, she was appointed Docent in Public Administration at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. Since 2012 she is a member of the editorial board of the Review for Policy Research and since November 2013 a member of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL).

Her current research interests concentrate on local and regional climate and energy governance, the sustainable development of cities and regions, transnational city networks; European regional seas (such as the Baltic Sea) and EU macro-regional strategies.

Portrait: © Nadine Schätzle

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Energy Policy
Governance Research
Climate Research
Resilience Studies
Disciplines
Political Science

Projects

Ongoing Lead Projects

The lead project aims to understand the political construction and governance of critical infrastructures in relation to their spatiality. Infrastructures are increasingly viewed in terms of their vulnerability to disruption and the resulting security risks. Political resources are devoted to adequately securing "critical infrastructures" such as water supply and energy networks. <br/>But which infrastructures are considered critical and why? The perception and governance of infrastructures are particularly relevant for cities due to their high concentration of people, infrastructure, economic and cultural assets. Accordingly, urban climate adaptation, which seeks to prepare for disruptions such as extreme weather events, and the digitalisation of urban infrastructures, as a potential improvement tool but also as a possible new source of uncertainty for infrastructure networks, serve as fields of investigation.<br/> more info

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

ExTrass seeks to better prepare medium-sized and large cities in Germany for heavy rainfall and heat. To this end, restraining and enabling factors of urban climate adaptation are analysed and successfull measures are identified. A large part of the project work is undertaken in three case study cities: Potsdam, Remscheid and Würzburg. Here, among other things, the project team tests greening measures, works towards climate-sensitive urban planning, contributes data on city climate, educates the population on risks and improves contingency plans. In addition, opportunities for exchange are created so that cities can better learn from each other. more info

This project aims at analysing the climate change policy of the City of Turku and compare it with the experience of three comparable cities, Malmö, Rostock, and Groningen. The City of Turku aims at becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2029. The strategy encompasses an implementation programme and specific measures. Since similar strategies have been decided upon and implemented in many European cities, there is much to learn from other forerunner cities. more info

Ongoing Cross-departmental Projects

In komplexen Prozessen sozialräumlichen Wandels kommt es stark auf das Wirken von Einzelnen an – so zumindest die Überzeugung erfahrener Praktiker. Am IRS werden diese Einzelpersonen als Schlüsselfiguren bezeichnet und konzeptualisiert. Doch für die raumbezogenen Sozialwissenschaften benennt die Erkenntnis der herausgehobenen Bedeutung von Schlüsselfiguren eher ein Verständnisproblem als dass es eine Erklärung liefert. Wie können Schlüsselfiguren in die sozialwissenschaftliche Analyse integriert werden? Dieser übergeordneten Frage geht das abteilungsübergreifende Brückenprojekt „Komparative Studien zu Schlüsselfiguren in der Raumentwicklung“ nach. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2021
Otto, A., Kern, K., Haupt, W., Eckersley, P., & Thieken, A. (2021). Ranking Local Climate Policy: Assessing the Mitigation and Adaptation Activities of 104 German Cities. Climatic Change, 167(1-2), [5]. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-021-03142-9
Kern, K., Grönholm, S., Haupt, W., Hopman, L., Tynkkynen, N., & Kettunen, P. Turku on edelläkävijä ilmastonmuutoksen torjunnassa, mutta sopeutumisessa riittää kirittävää
Kern, K., Grönholm, S., Haupt, W., Hopman, L., Tynkkynen, N., & Kettunen, P. Turku is a Forerunner in Climate Mitigation, but has Catching Up to do in Climate Adaptation
Kern, K., Grönholm, S., Haupt, W., Hopman, L., Tynkkynen, N., & Kettunen, P. Matching Forerunner Cities: Assessing Turku's Climate Policy in Comparison with Malmö, Groningen and Rostock
Haupt, W., Eckersley, P., & Kern, K. (2021). Transfer und Skalierung von lokaler Klimapolitik: Konzeptionelle Ansätze, Voraussetzungen und Potenziale. (IRS Dialog; Vol. 2021, No. 1). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung.
2020
Kern, K. (2020). Cities as Leaders in EU Multilevel Governance: Embedded Up-scaling of Local Experiments in Europe. In R. K. W. Wurzel, D. Liefferink, & D. Torney (Eds.), Pioneers, Leaders and Followers in Multilevel and Polycentric Climate Governance (pp. 125-145). London: Routledge.
Kern, K. (2020). Von Vorreitern und Nachzüglern: Die Rolle von Städten und Gemeinden in der Klimapolitik. In T. Hickmann, & M. Lederer (Eds.), Leidenschaft und Augenmaß: Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf Entwicklung, Verwaltung, Umwelt und Klima (pp. 195-206). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Haupt, W., & Kern, K. Entwicklungspfade von Klimaschutz und Klimaanpassung in Remscheid
Gailing, L., Bues, A., Kern, K., & Röhring, A. (2020). Socio-Spatial Dimensions in Energy Transitions: Applying the TPSN Framework to Case Studies in Germany. Environment and Planning A, 52(6), 1112-1130. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X19845142
2019
Bansard, J. S., Hickmann, T., & Kern, K. (2019). Pathways to Urban Sustainability: How Science can Contribute to Sustainable Development in Cities. GAIA, 28(2), 112-118. DOI: 10.14512/gaia.28.2.9
Kern, K. (2019). Cities as Leaders in EU Multilevel Climate Governance: Embedded Upscaling of Local Experiments in Europe. Environmental Politics, 28(1), 125-145. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2019.1521979
2018
Graf, P., Kern, K., & Scheiner, S. (2018). Mehrebenen-Dynamiken in der deutschen Energiewendepolitik: Die Rolle von Städten und Regionen am Beispiel von Baden-Württemberg. In J. Radtke, & N. Kersting (Eds.), Energiewende: Politikwissenschaftliche Perspektiven (pp. 205-242). (Energietransformation). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-21561-3
Thieken, A., Dierck, J., Dunst, L., Göpfert, C., Heidenreich, A., Hetz, K., ... Walz, A. (2018). Urbane Resilienz gegenüber extremen Wetterereignissen: Typologien und Transfer von Anpassungsstrategien in kleinen Großstädten und Mittelstädten (ExTrass). Potsdam: Universität Potsdam.
Kern, K., & Söderström, S. (2018). The Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Baltic Sea Region: Analyzing Regional Environmental Governance from a Spatial Perspective. Marine Policy, 271-277. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.09.023
Meijering, J. V., Tobi, H., & Kern, K. (2018). Defining and Measuring Urban Sustainability in Europe: A Delphi Study on Identifying its Most Relevant Components. Ecological Indicators, 90(7), 38-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.02.055
Fuhr, H., Hickmann, T., & Kern, K. (2018). The Role of Cities in Multi-level Climate Governance: Local Climate Policies and the 1.5 °C Target. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 30(2), 1-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2017.10.006
2017
Gänzle, S., & Kern, K. (2017). Akademische Kooperation in der Makroregion Ostseeraum - Motive und Chancen. In Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Ed.), Wissenschaft weltoffen 2017: Daten und Fakten zur Internationalität von Studium und Forschung in Deutschland (pp. 134-135). Bielefeld: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. DOI: 10.3278/7004002pw
Söderström, S., & Kern, K. (2017). The Ecosystem Approach to Management in Marine Environmental Governance: Institutional Interplay in the Baltic Sea Region. Environmental Policy and Governance, 27(6), 619-631. DOI: 10.1002/eet.1775
Gänzle, S., & Kern, K. (2017). Neue Mehrebenenpolitik im Nordosten Europas? Eine Governance-Analyse der Ostseestrategie der Europäischen Union. In E. Bos, C. Griessler, & C. Walsch (Eds.), Die EU-Strategie für den Donauraum auf dem Prüfstand: Erfahrungen und Perspektiven (pp. 153-176). (Andrássy Studien zur Europaforschung; No. 18). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
2016
Gänzle, S., & Kern, K. (2016). Macro-Regions, 'Macro-Regionalization' and Macro-Regional Strategies in the European Union: Towards a New Form of European Governance? In A 'Macro-Regional' Europe in the Making: Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Evidence (pp. 3-22). (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-50972-7
Söderström, S., Kern, K., Boström, M., & Gilek, M. (2016). 'Environmental Governance' and 'Ecosystem Management': Avenues for Synergies between Two Approaches. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 17(1), 1-19. DOI: 10.1504/IER.2016.074871
Gänzle, S., & Kern, K. (2016). The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. In A 'Macro-Regional' Europe in the Making: Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Evidence (pp. 123-144). (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-50972-7
Gänzle, S., & Kern, K. (Eds.) (2016). A 'Macro-Regional' Europe in the Making: Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Evidence. (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-50972-7
Jensen, A., Stumpp, I., & Kern, K. Drawing Lessons from Good City Practices: Promoting Post-Carbon Transitions
2015
Kern, K., & Gilek, M. (2015). Governing Europe's Marine Environment: Key Topics and Challenges. In M. Gilek, & K. Kern (Eds.), Governing Europe's Marine Environment: Europeanization of Regional Seas or Regionalization of EU Policies? (pp. 1-12). (Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series). Farnham: Ashgate.
Beveridge, R., Ridgway, M., Kern, K., Stroia, C., Fujiwara, N., Dupas, S., & Sterzel, T. (2015). Leading Mid-Sized EU Cities in Post-Carbon Transitions: Towards a Preliminary Typology. (Pocacito Report). Berlin: Ecologic Institute.
Söderström, S., Kern, K., & Hassler, B. (2015). Marine Governance in the Baltic Sea: Current Trends of Europeanization and Regionalization. In M. Gilek, & K. Kern (Eds.), Governing Europe's Marine Environment: Europeanization of Regional Seas or Regionalization of EU Policies? (pp. 163-181). (Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series). Farnham: Ashgate.
Gilek, M., & Kern, K. (Eds.) (2015). Governing Europe's Marine Environment: Europeanization of Regional Seas or Regionalization of EU Policies? (Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series). Ashgate.
Den Exter, R., Lenhart, J., & Kern, K. (2015). Governing Climate Change in Dutch Cities: Anchoring Local Climate Strategies in Organisation, Policy and Practical Implementation. Local Environment, 20(9), 1062–1080. DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2014.892919
2014
Kern, K. (2014). Climate Governance in the European Union Multilevel System: the Role of Cities. In I. Weibust, & J. Meadowcroft (Eds.), Multilevel Environmental Governance: Managing Water and Climate Change in Europe and North America (pp. 111-132). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Kern, K. (2014). Climate Governance in the European Union Multi-Level System: the Role of Cities. Wageningen: Wageningen University.
Lenhart, J., Bouteligier, S., Pj Mol, A., & Kern, K. (2014). Cities as Learning Organisations in Climate Policy: the Case of Malmö. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 6(1), 89-106. DOI: 10.1080/19463138.2014.889020
Meijering, J. V., Kern, K., & Tobi, H. (2014). Identifying the Methodological Characteristics of European Green City Rankings. Ecological Indicators, 43, 132-142. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.02.026
Gänzle, S., & Kern, K. (2014). Die Ostseestrategie der Europäischen Union: Entwicklung, Stand und Perspektiven eines neuen Ansatzes in der EU-Regionalpolitik. Integration, 37(4), 345-356.
2013
Moss, T., Gailing, L., Kern, K., Naumann, M., & Röhring, A. (2013). Energie als Gemeinschaftsgut? Anregungen für die raumwissenschaftliche Energieforschung. (Working Paper / Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung; No. 50). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung.
Gailing, L., Hüesker, F., Kern, K., & Röhring, A. (2013). Die räumliche Gestaltung der Energiewende zwischen Zentralität und Dezentralität: Explorative Anwendung einer Forschungsheuristik. (Working Paper / Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung; No. 51). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung.
Beveridge, R., & Kern, K. (2013). The Energiewende in Germany: Background, Developments and Future Challenges. Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review, 4(1), 3-12.
LEEUWEN, J. V., & KERN, K. (2013). The External Dimension of European Union Marine Governance: Institutional Interplay between the EU and the International Maritime Organization. Global Environmental Politics, 13(1), 69-87.
2012
Woerd, F. V. D. (Ed.), Hoekstra, A. (Ed.), Kern, K. (Ed.), Leuven, R. (Ed.), & Moll, H. (2012). Climate Proofing Cities. (Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Special Issue; Vol. 64).
2011
Theobald, H., & Kern, K. (2011). The Introduction of Long-term Care Policy Schemes: Policy Development, Policy Transfer, and Policy Change. Policy & Politics, 39(3), 325-342.
Kern, K. (2011). Governance for Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region. Journal of Baltic Studies, 42(1), 67-81.
2009
Kern, K., & Bulkeley, H. (2009). Cities, Europeanization and Multi-level Governance: Governing Climate Change through Transnational Municipal Networks. Journal of Common Market Studies, 47(1), 325-342.
2008
Joas, M., Jahn, D., & Kern, K. (2008). Governing a Common Sea: Environmental Politics in the Baltic Sea Region. London: Earthscan.
2007
Joas, M., Sandberg, S., & Kern, K. (2007). Actors and Arenas in Hybrid Networks: Implications for Environmental Policy-making in the Baltic Sea Region. Ambio, 35(3), 237-242.
Kern, K., Koll, C., & Schophaus, M. (2007). The Diffusion of Local Agenda 21 in Germany: Comparing the German Federal States. Environmental Politics, 16(4), 604-624.
2006
Kern, K., & Bulkeley, H. (2006). Local Government and the Governing of Climate Change in Germany and the UK. Urban Studies, 43(12), 2237-2259.
2004
Klein, A., Kern, K., Geißel, B., & Berger, M. (2004). Zivilgesellschaft und Sozialkapital. Herausforderungen politischer und sozialer Integration. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
Kern, K., & Löffelsend, T. (2004). Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region. Governance beyond the Nation-State. Local Environment, 9(5), 451-467.
2003
Bulkeley, H., Davies, A., Evans, B., Gibbs, D., Kern, K., & Theobald, K. (2003). Environmental Governancve and Transnational Municipal Networks in Europe. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 5(3), 235-254.
2002
Kissling-Näf, I., & Kern, K. (2002). Good Governance für eine zukunftsfähige und innovative Umwelt- und Ressourcenpolitik. GAIA, 11, 62-64.
2000
Kern, K. (2000). Die Diffusion von Politikinnovationen. Umweltpolitische Innovationen im Mehrebenensystem der USA. Opladen: Leske + Budrich.
1993
Jaedicke, W., Kern, K., & Wollmann, H. (1993). Internationaler Vergleich von Verfahren zur Festsetzung von Umweltstandards. Berlin: Erich Schmidt.
1990
Jaedicke, W., Kern, K., & Wollmann, H. (1990). Kommunale Aktionsverwaltung in Stadterneuerung und Umweltschutz. Köln: Bund-Verlag.

Selected Publications by Type

Monograph
Kern, K. (2000). Die Diffusion von Politikinnovationen. Umweltpolitische Innovationen im Mehrebenensystem der USA. Opladen: Leske + Budrich.
Jaedicke, W., Kern, K., & Wollmann, H. (1993). Internationaler Vergleich von Verfahren zur Festsetzung von Umweltstandards. Berlin: Erich Schmidt.
Jaedicke, W., Kern, K., & Wollmann, H. (1990). Kommunale Aktionsverwaltung in Stadterneuerung und Umweltschutz. Köln: Bund-Verlag.
Anthology
Gänzle, S., & Kern, K. (Eds.) (2016). A 'Macro-Regional' Europe in the Making: Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Evidence. (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-50972-7
Gilek, M., & Kern, K. (Eds.) (2015). Governing Europe's Marine Environment: Europeanization of Regional Seas or Regionalization of EU Policies? (Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series). Ashgate.
Joas, M., Jahn, D., & Kern, K. (2008). Governing a Common Sea: Environmental Politics in the Baltic Sea Region. London: Earthscan.
Klein, A., Kern, K., Geißel, B., & Berger, M. (2004). Zivilgesellschaft und Sozialkapital. Herausforderungen politischer und sozialer Integration. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
Journal Issue / Special Issue
Woerd, F. V. D. (Ed.), Hoekstra, A. (Ed.), Kern, K. (Ed.), Leuven, R. (Ed.), & Moll, H. (2012). Climate Proofing Cities. (Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Special Issue; Vol. 64).
Journal Article
Otto, A., Kern, K., Haupt, W., Eckersley, P., & Thieken, A. (2021). Ranking Local Climate Policy: Assessing the Mitigation and Adaptation Activities of 104 German Cities. Climatic Change, 167(1-2), [5]. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-021-03142-9
Gailing, L., Bues, A., Kern, K., & Röhring, A. (2020). Socio-Spatial Dimensions in Energy Transitions: Applying the TPSN Framework to Case Studies in Germany. Environment and Planning A, 52(6), 1112-1130. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X19845142
Bansard, J. S., Hickmann, T., & Kern, K. (2019). Pathways to Urban Sustainability: How Science can Contribute to Sustainable Development in Cities. GAIA, 28(2), 112-118. DOI: 10.14512/gaia.28.2.9
Kern, K. (2019). Cities as Leaders in EU Multilevel Climate Governance: Embedded Upscaling of Local Experiments in Europe. Environmental Politics, 28(1), 125-145. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2019.1521979
Kern, K., & Söderström, S. (2018). The Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Baltic Sea Region: Analyzing Regional Environmental Governance from a Spatial Perspective. Marine Policy, 271-277. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.09.023
Meijering, J. V., Tobi, H., & Kern, K. (2018). Defining and Measuring Urban Sustainability in Europe: A Delphi Study on Identifying its Most Relevant Components. Ecological Indicators, 90(7), 38-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.02.055
Fuhr, H., Hickmann, T., & Kern, K. (2018). The Role of Cities in Multi-level Climate Governance: Local Climate Policies and the 1.5 °C Target. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 30(2), 1-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2017.10.006
Söderström, S., & Kern, K. (2017). The Ecosystem Approach to Management in Marine Environmental Governance: Institutional Interplay in the Baltic Sea Region. Environmental Policy and Governance, 27(6), 619-631. DOI: 10.1002/eet.1775
Söderström, S., Kern, K., Boström, M., & Gilek, M. (2016). 'Environmental Governance' and 'Ecosystem Management': Avenues for Synergies between Two Approaches. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 17(1), 1-19. DOI: 10.1504/IER.2016.074871
Den Exter, R., Lenhart, J., & Kern, K. (2015). Governing Climate Change in Dutch Cities: Anchoring Local Climate Strategies in Organisation, Policy and Practical Implementation. Local Environment, 20(9), 1062–1080. DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2014.892919
Lenhart, J., Bouteligier, S., Pj Mol, A., & Kern, K. (2014). Cities as Learning Organisations in Climate Policy: the Case of Malmö. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 6(1), 89-106. DOI: 10.1080/19463138.2014.889020
Meijering, J. V., Kern, K., & Tobi, H. (2014). Identifying the Methodological Characteristics of European Green City Rankings. Ecological Indicators, 43, 132-142. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.02.026
Gänzle, S., & Kern, K. (2014). Die Ostseestrategie der Europäischen Union: Entwicklung, Stand und Perspektiven eines neuen Ansatzes in der EU-Regionalpolitik. Integration, 37(4), 345-356.
Beveridge, R., & Kern, K. (2013). The Energiewende in Germany: Background, Developments and Future Challenges. Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review, 4(1), 3-12.
LEEUWEN, J. V., & KERN, K. (2013). The External Dimension of European Union Marine Governance: Institutional Interplay between the EU and the International Maritime Organization. Global Environmental Politics, 13(1), 69-87.
Theobald, H., & Kern, K. (2011). The Introduction of Long-term Care Policy Schemes: Policy Development, Policy Transfer, and Policy Change. Policy & Politics, 39(3), 325-342.
Kern, K. (2011). Governance for Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region. Journal of Baltic Studies, 42(1), 67-81.
Kern, K., & Bulkeley, H. (2009). Cities, Europeanization and Multi-level Governance: Governing Climate Change through Transnational Municipal Networks. Journal of Common Market Studies, 47(1), 325-342.
Joas, M., Sandberg, S., & Kern, K. (2007). Actors and Arenas in Hybrid Networks: Implications for Environmental Policy-making in the Baltic Sea Region. Ambio, 35(3), 237-242.
Kern, K., Koll, C., & Schophaus, M. (2007). The Diffusion of Local Agenda 21 in Germany: Comparing the German Federal States. Environmental Politics, 16(4), 604-624.
Kern, K., & Bulkeley, H. (2006). Local Government and the Governing of Climate Change in Germany and the UK. Urban Studies, 43(12), 2237-2259.
Kern, K., & Löffelsend, T. (2004). Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region. Governance beyond the Nation-State. Local Environment, 9(5), 451-467.
Bulkeley, H., Davies, A., Evans, B., Gibbs, D., Kern, K., & Theobald, K. (2003). Environmental Governancve and Transnational Municipal Networks in Europe. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 5(3), 235-254.
Kissling-Näf, I., & Kern, K. (2002). Good Governance für eine zukunftsfähige und innovative Umwelt- und Ressourcenpolitik. GAIA, 11, 62-64.
Contribution to Anthology
Kern, K. (2020). Cities as Leaders in EU Multilevel Governance: Embedded Up-scaling of Local Experiments in Europe. In R. K. W. Wurzel, D. Liefferink, & D. Torney (Eds.), Pioneers, Leaders and Followers in Multilevel and Polycentric Climate Governance (pp. 125-145). London: Routledge.
Kern, K. (2020). Von Vorreitern und Nachzüglern: Die Rolle von Städten und Gemeinden in der Klimapolitik. In T. Hickmann, & M. Lederer (Eds.), Leidenschaft und Augenmaß: Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf Entwicklung, Verwaltung, Umwelt und Klima (pp. 195-206). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Graf, P., Kern, K., & Scheiner, S. (2018). Mehrebenen-Dynamiken in der deutschen Energiewendepolitik: Die Rolle von Städten und Regionen am Beispiel von Baden-Württemberg. In J. Radtke, & N. Kersting (Eds.), Energiewende: Politikwissenschaftliche Perspektiven (pp. 205-242). (Energietransformation). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-21561-3
Gänzle, S., & Kern, K. (2017). Akademische Kooperation in der Makroregion Ostseeraum - Motive und Chancen. In Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Ed.), Wissenschaft weltoffen 2017: Daten und Fakten zur Internationalität von Studium und Forschung in Deutschland (pp. 134-135). Bielefeld: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. DOI: 10.3278/7004002pw
Gänzle, S., & Kern, K. (2017). Neue Mehrebenenpolitik im Nordosten Europas? Eine Governance-Analyse der Ostseestrategie der Europäischen Union. In E. Bos, C. Griessler, & C. Walsch (Eds.), Die EU-Strategie für den Donauraum auf dem Prüfstand: Erfahrungen und Perspektiven (pp. 153-176). (Andrássy Studien zur Europaforschung; No. 18). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Gänzle, S., & Kern, K. (2016). Macro-Regions, 'Macro-Regionalization' and Macro-Regional Strategies in the European Union: Towards a New Form of European Governance? In A 'Macro-Regional' Europe in the Making: Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Evidence (pp. 3-22). (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-50972-7
Gänzle, S., & Kern, K. (2016). The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. In A 'Macro-Regional' Europe in the Making: Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Evidence (pp. 123-144). (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-50972-7
Kern, K., & Gilek, M. (2015). Governing Europe's Marine Environment: Key Topics and Challenges. In M. Gilek, & K. Kern (Eds.), Governing Europe's Marine Environment: Europeanization of Regional Seas or Regionalization of EU Policies? (pp. 1-12). (Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series). Farnham: Ashgate.
Söderström, S., Kern, K., & Hassler, B. (2015). Marine Governance in the Baltic Sea: Current Trends of Europeanization and Regionalization. In M. Gilek, & K. Kern (Eds.), Governing Europe's Marine Environment: Europeanization of Regional Seas or Regionalization of EU Policies? (pp. 163-181). (Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series). Farnham: Ashgate.
Kern, K. (2014). Climate Governance in the European Union Multilevel System: the Role of Cities. In I. Weibust, & J. Meadowcroft (Eds.), Multilevel Environmental Governance: Managing Water and Climate Change in Europe and North America (pp. 111-132). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Expertise / Position Paper / Policy Paper
Kern, K., Grönholm, S., Haupt, W., Hopman, L., Tynkkynen, N., & Kettunen, P. Turku on edelläkävijä ilmastonmuutoksen torjunnassa, mutta sopeutumisessa riittää kirittävää
Kern, K., Grönholm, S., Haupt, W., Hopman, L., Tynkkynen, N., & Kettunen, P. Turku is a Forerunner in Climate Mitigation, but has Catching Up to do in Climate Adaptation
Kern, K., Grönholm, S., Haupt, W., Hopman, L., Tynkkynen, N., & Kettunen, P. Matching Forerunner Cities: Assessing Turku's Climate Policy in Comparison with Malmö, Groningen and Rostock
Jensen, A., Stumpp, I., & Kern, K. Drawing Lessons from Good City Practices: Promoting Post-Carbon Transitions
Final or Preliminary Project Report (not published)
Haupt, W., & Kern, K. Entwicklungspfade von Klimaschutz und Klimaanpassung in Remscheid
Working Paper, Discussion Paper
Haupt, W., Eckersley, P., & Kern, K. (2021). Transfer und Skalierung von lokaler Klimapolitik: Konzeptionelle Ansätze, Voraussetzungen und Potenziale. (IRS Dialog; Vol. 2021, No. 1). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung.
Thieken, A., Dierck, J., Dunst, L., Göpfert, C., Heidenreich, A., Hetz, K., ... Walz, A. (2018). Urbane Resilienz gegenüber extremen Wetterereignissen: Typologien und Transfer von Anpassungsstrategien in kleinen Großstädten und Mittelstädten (ExTrass). Potsdam: Universität Potsdam.
Beveridge, R., Ridgway, M., Kern, K., Stroia, C., Fujiwara, N., Dupas, S., & Sterzel, T. (2015). Leading Mid-Sized EU Cities in Post-Carbon Transitions: Towards a Preliminary Typology. (Pocacito Report). Berlin: Ecologic Institute.
Kern, K. (2014). Climate Governance in the European Union Multi-Level System: the Role of Cities. Wageningen: Wageningen University.
Moss, T., Gailing, L., Kern, K., Naumann, M., & Röhring, A. (2013). Energie als Gemeinschaftsgut? Anregungen für die raumwissenschaftliche Energieforschung. (Working Paper / Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung; No. 50). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung.
Gailing, L., Hüesker, F., Kern, K., & Röhring, A. (2013). Die räumliche Gestaltung der Energiewende zwischen Zentralität und Dezentralität: Explorative Anwendung einer Forschungsheuristik. (Working Paper / Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung; No. 51). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung.

Talks

2021
Policy diffusion and upscaling of climate policies in German cities

26th World Congress of Political Science

July/12/2021
Lissabon , Portugal

Climate change and the evolving nature of federalism in Germany

26th World Congress of Political Science

July/11/2021
Lissabon , Portugal

Cities, climate change, and multi-level governance in the German Länder

5th International Conference on Public Policy

July/07/2021
Barcelona , Spain

How can ‘ordinary’ cities become climatepioneers?

New Challenges Of Local Governance In Times Of
Uncertainty And Complexity. Annual Conference

June/23/2021
Adam Mickiewicz University (online), Poznan, Poland

Matching Forerunner Cities (Mafoci): Coping with climate change in Turku, Malmö, Rostock, and Groningen

EURA conference 2021 - Contradictions shaping Urban Futures

May/06/2021
Online, Oslo, Norway

Cities, climate change, and co-operative federalism in Germany

UK Political Studies Association

March/31/2021
Belfast , United Kingdom

The role, significance and potential of local governments in governing climate and clean energy futures

Energy Futures

February/22/2021
Online

2020
Climate Governance and Federalism: The case of Germany

IIASS 2020 Anniversary Conference

December/17/2020
Online, Brüssel, Belgium

Policy Diffusion and Upscaling of Climate Policies in German Cities

ECPR General Conference 2020

August/28/2020
virtuell

Cities, climate change, and multi-level governance in the German Länder

2020 Conference of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences

June/24/2020
Online, Brussels, Belgium

2019
The dynamics of upscaling local climate action in Finland

Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference 2019

June/09/2019
Luleå, Sweden

Comparing climate change networks for upscaling local policy tools in multi-level governance systems: the case of Finland

14th Nordic Environmental Social Science Conferece: Social science in Our Time

June/09/2019
Luleå, Luleå, Sweden

2018
European Cities in EU Multi-Level Governance: A Historical Perspective

5th REHI Workshop of the RSA Research Network on Regional Economic and Policy History

November/29/2018
University of the West of Scotland (UWS), Paisley, United Kingdom

European cities in multi-level governance: a historical perspective

November/29/2018

Cities as Leaders in EU Multi-Level Climate Governance: Embedded Upscaling of Local Experiments in Europe

October/24/2018

2017
The Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Baltic Sea Region: Prospects for Upscaling Local Experiments

The 13 Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference

June/07/2017
Tampere, Tampere, Finland

Cities as Leaders in EU Environmental and Climate Governance: Upscaling Experiments through Embedded Leadership

Annual Convention International Studies Association 2017

February/25/2017
Baltimore, Baltimore, United States

The Ecosystem Approach to Management within European Marine Environmental Governance: Policies and Institutional Interplay in the Baltic Sea Region

Annual Convention International Studies Association 2017

February/24/2017
Baltimore, Baltimore, United States

2016
The EU's Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR): Improving Multi-level Governance in Baltic Sea Cooperation

3-Länder-Tagung der DVPW

October/01/2016
Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Länder-Kommunen Dynamiken in der Energiewendepolitik

3-Länder-Tagung der DVPW

September/30/2016
Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Länder-Cities Dynamics in the German Energy Transition

3rd International Conference on Energy and Society

September/13/2016
Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

2015
EU macroregional strategies: theoretical framework and empirical evidence

UACES Annual Conference 2015

September/07/2015
University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain

Spatiality, temporality, and experimentation: analytical themes in the study of urban transitions towards sustainability

Nordic Environmental Social Sciences Conference 2015

June/11/2015
Trondheim, Trondheim, Norway

2012
Renewable energy in Russia: opportunities through interregional cooperation

Panel on ‘Resources, Energy, and International Political Economy'

April/01/2012
San Diego, San Diego, United States

Memberships

  • Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) (External organisation)

  • Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) (External organisation)

  • Deutsches Komitee für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in Future Earth (External organisation)

  • FU Berlin (External organisation)

News
March/10/2021

The Leibniz Research Alliance "Energy Transition" combines the expertise of 20 Leibniz institutes in the field of energy research. Under the title "Energy Futures - Emerging Pathways in an Uncertain World!", the final conference of the alliance took place from 22 to 26 February 2021. Due to the pandemic, the event originally planned for May 2020 had already been postponed once by one year. Now it was held as a purely online conference. It attracted a broad international audience of around 500 participants and was able to attract renowned keynote speakers such as Benjamin Sovacool (University of Sussex) and Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University), who have a significant influence on the field of social science energy and climate research. more info

Recent Video

France 2 reports on POCACITO field trip

The France 2 French national TV has filmed the visit of the POCACITO project team to Loos-en-Gohelle in October 2016, in the framework of a 30 minutes report on the stunning energy transition going on in this former mining town in the North of France.