Andreas Klinke

Liam Miller
November 22, 2013
Jeana MacLeod
December 12, 2013

Dr. Andreas Klinke is Associate Professor in Environmental Policy at the Environmental Policy Institute at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus, since September 2011. He was previously the head of a social science research group on governance at the Aquatic Research Institute of the ETH-domain in Switzerland from 2006 to 2011 and lecturer for risk management at King’s College in London 2004-2006. Prior to this he was a research associate at the Center of Technology Assessment in Stuttgart, Germany, and at the German Scientific Advisory Council on Global Change. Andreas Klinke has a master degree in political science and sociology from the University of Stuttgart. He received his doctoral degree in political science at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. His doctoral thesis analyzes the public deliberation and participation on the Great Lakes regime between Canada and the USA, which has been published as a monograph under the title “Demokratisches Regieren jenseits des Staates. Deliberative Politik im nordamerikanischen Große Seen-Regime” in 2006.

  • MA, University of Stuttgart
  • Doctoral Degree, Darmstadt University of Technology
Research Interests
  • Governance research
  • Public policy analysis
  • International environmental politics
  • International relations and global governance
  • Social science risk research
  • Risk governance
  • Political theory and philosophy of risk and uncertainty
  • Democracy theories
  • Transformation research
  • Empirical fields:  fresh water resources, climate change and energy, biodiversity, oceans, global environmental change, technological risks

My publications and projects reflect the general thrust of my past, current and future research interests and activities. As they show, environmental policy, international environmental politics, risk governance, global governance and other public policies are my areas of expertise, and the transformation and institutional dynamics as well as discourse, deliberation and participation is my main focus. I deal with both essential and currently challenging questions and issues in the governance and policy-making of environmental and risk issues. My aim is to examine

  • the performance of governance modes, processes, and structures in terms of legitimacy, effectiveness and efficiency
  • the internationalization toward more international, transnational and global institutions and actors
  • the mechanisms and dynamics of international environmental politics and risk governance in terms of regulation, deregulation, transnationalization, and deliberation and participation of experts, stakeholders and the public
  • the transformation of statehood with respect to environmental, technical, political and ideational change

The scope of application for my research activities is dedicated to fresh water resources, energy, chemical pollution, biodiversity, climate change, biotechnology and other natural resources as well as environmentally related technologies. The comparison of different scopes of application and public policy fields allows drawing more generalizing conclusions and implications, which have significance and explanatory power for the policy and governance research on environmental and risk issues as well as relating transformations and dynamics. I also pursue inter- and trans-disciplinary research, by bringing together viewpoints and methodological approaches of other social sciences as well as natural and technical sciences, and involving affected actors in the research process. I teach in the new Environmental Policy Master Program and in the Environmental Studies Program. My areas of specialization include issues in world politics, risk governance, environmental policy, the European Union, theories of international relations and contemporary democratic theories.


The Anticipation and Management of Risks in Global Governance

(collaboration with University of Giessen, Germany)

World politics is challenged to cope with global risks emerging in domains such as environment, economy, security and health. Since their scopes and effects transcend socio-political and natural boundaries,  they call for global risk governance and public policy beyond the state. The project scrutinizes convergences or divergences between the anticipatory estimation of risks and the strategies and measures of risk management and prevention in international regulations – with a special focus on environmental risks. How capable are international institutions to anticipate and prevent future risks? How far do mechanisms for anticipation and management of risks converge or diverge among international institutions? Anticipatory estimation would ask what counts as a risk and has be selected to be worth considering, how can we early detect global risks and screen related actions and problems, and how do societies and politics frame such problems. The project attempts to establish a causal link between anticipatory estimation and institutional problem-solving capacity in terms of sustainable mitigation, prevention and control. For this purpose, we address various governance contexts such as the UNEP, IAEA, or OECD.

 Integrated Water Governance with Adaptive Capacity in Switzerland

The project investigates the existing configuration of Swiss water governance and representative examples of integrated water resource management (IWRM) by means of an analytical framework based on the concept of scale with regard to the degree and quality of integration and adaptive capacity. For this purpose, the strengths as well as the legislative, regulatory, implementation, and institutional deficits and gaps in the integration of water use, water protection and protection from water are identified and evaluated. The analysis of strengths and weaknesses allows scrutinizing where and how the integration of water governance can be improved. Based on the knowledge and insights ascertained, the project formulates policy recommendations on integrated water governance and develops practical guidance for the configuration and implementation of IWRM in water basins facilitated through a stakeholder dialogue. The stakeholder dialogue consists of three workshops (scientists, associations, regulators) and three focus groups with practitioners from cantons and IWRM approaches. Project lead: Andreas Klinke and Bernhard Truffer (Eawag, Switzerland) Project partners: ETH Zurich, Ecoplan, Ernst Basler and Partners, BG Consulting Engineers Duration: 01/2010 – 12/2012 Funded by the Swiss National Foundation: National Research Program 61 “Sustainable Water Management”

Performance and Transformation of Governance and Organization in the Water Sector: A Comparison of Switzerland, Germany and Great Britain

The goal of the project is to examine and explain the strengths and weaknesses of different governance and organizational modes and their performance in terms of legitimacy, effectiveness and efficiency in the infrastructure sector of water supply and sanitation in Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom. For this purpose, the study analyzes three major metropolitan areas: Zurich (Switzerland), Berlin (Germany) and Birmingham (UK). In addition, the study seeks to theoretically and conceptually elucidate the transformation in governance and organizational forms’ causality in order to provide universally robust conclusions. PhD: Eva Lieberherr Project lead and PhD supervision: Andreas Klinke Project partner: Matthias Finger, EPFL, Switzerland Duration: 03/2009 – 09/2012 Funded by Swiss National Foundation


Examples of Recent Courses Taught:

  • ENVP 6000 Foundations of Environmental Policy and Administration
  • ENVP 6056 Risk Assessment and Analysis
  • SRM 4002 Risk Assessment and Management
  • SRM 4010 Research Seminar
  • POSC 1020 Issues in World Politics
Supervised Students

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Environmental Policy


  • Sean Manners
  • Kimberley Whyte-Jones
  • Mengjao Li
  • Ernest Nwanguma



  • Sanja Schuelke
  • Kelicia Letlow-Peroune
  • Temitope Onifade
Selected Publications

Dr. Andreas Klinke and Ortwin Renn have just published a new article entitled “Distributed Responsibility in Risk Governance’ in the book “Sustainable Risk Management”, edited by Peter A. Wilderer, Ortwin Renn, Martin Grambow, Michael Molls and Klaus Mainzer at Springer Publisher. The edited volume is the product of an expert workshop organized by the Bavarian Ministry of Environment in Germany.

Klinke, A. and Renn O. 2018. Distributed Responsibility in Risk Governance. In: Peter A. Wilderer, Ortwin Renn, Martin Grambow, Michael Molls and Klaus Mainzer, eds. Sustainable Risk Management. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 19-31.

Klinke, A. 2017. Dynamic Multilevel Governance for Sustainable Transformation as Postnational Configuration. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 30 (3), 323-43.

Mercer, N., Sabau, G. and Klinke, A. 2017. “Wind Energy is Not an Issue for Government”: Barriers to Wind Energy Development in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Energy Policy, 108, 673-83.

Klinke, A. 2016. Democratic Theory. In Ansell, C. and Torfing, J., eds. Handbook on Theories of Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 86-100.

Renn, O. and Klinke, A. 2016. Risk Governance. In Ansell, C. and Torfing, J., eds. Handbook on Theories of Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 245-258.

Klinke, A. 2015. The Great Lakes Water Governance in North America. Lessons for Expert Deliberation and Public Participation. In Ruelas-Monjardin, L.C. and Travieso-Bello, A.C., eds. Bases Para La Construccion De Un Modelo Gobernanza. La Cuenca Del Rio Nautla. Veracruz, Mexico: Editorial Plaza y Valdes y El Colegio de Veracruz, 119-142.

Klinke, A. 2014. Postnational Discourse, Deliberation and Participation toward Global Risk Governance. Review of International Studies, 40 (2), 247-75.

Klinke, A. and Renn, O. 2014. Expertise and Experience: A Deliberative System of a Functional Division of Labor for Post-Normal Risk Governance.  Innovation:  The European Journal of Social Science Research, 27 (4), 442-65.

Renn, O. and Klinke, A. 2014. Risk Governance and Resilience: New Approaches to Cope with Uncertainty and Ambiguity. In Fra Paleo, ed. Risk Governance. The Articulation of Hazard, Politics and Ecology. Dordrecht et al.: Springer, 19-42.

Renn, O. and Klinke, A. 2013. A Framework of Adaptive Risk Governance for Urban Planning. Sustainability, 5 (5): 2036-59.

Klinke, A. 2012.Democratizing Regional Environmental Governance: Public Deliberation and Participation in Transboundary Eco-Regions. Global Environmental Politics, 12 (3): 79-99.

Lieberherr, E.; Klinke, A.; and Finger, M. 2012.Toward Legitimate Water Governance? The Partially Privatized Berlin Waterworks. Public Management Review, 14 (7), 923-946.

Klinke, A. and Renn, O. 2012. Adaptive and Integrative Governance on Risk and Uncertainty. Journal of Risk Research, 15 (3): 273-292.

Complexity, Uncertainty and Ambiguity in Inclusive Risk Governance. In Measham, T.G. and Lockie, S. (eds.) 2012: Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management. Collingwood: CSRIO Publishing, 59-76 (with O. Renn)

Risk Governance: Coping with Complexity, Uncertainty and Ambiguity – A Synopsis. AMBIO – Journal of Human Environment, 2011, 40 (2): 231-246 (with O. Renn, M. van Asselt)

Risk Governance: Contemporary and Future Challenges. In Eriksson, J.; Gilek, M.; and Ruden, C. (eds.) 2010: Regulating Chemical Risk: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on European and Global Challenges. Cambridge University Press, 9-27 (with Ortwin Renn)

Deliberative Politik in transnationalen Räumen – demokratische Legitimation und Effektivität der grenzüberschreitenden Wasser- und Umweltpolitik zwischen Kanada und USA. Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 2009, 50 (4): 774-803

Deliberative Transnationalism – Transnational Governance, Public Participation and Expert Deliberation. Forest Policy and Economics 2009, 11: 348-356

Risiko: Über den gesellschaftlichen Umgang mit Unsicherheit, 2007, Munich: Ökom Publisher (with O. Renn, P-J. Schweizer, M. Dreyer)

Demokratisches Regieren jenseits des Staates. Deliberative Politik im nordamerikanischen Große Seen-Regime, 2006, Opladen: Barbara Budrich Publisher

Precautionary Risk Regulation in European Governance. Journal of Risk Research, 2006, 9 (4): 373-392 (with M. Dreyer, O. Renn, A. Stirling, P. van Zwanenberg)

A New Approach to Risk Evaluation and Management: Risk-Based, Precaution-Based and Discourse-Based Strategies. Risk Analysis, 2002, 22 (6): 1071-1094 (with O. Renn)

Precautionary Principle and Discursive Strategies: Classifying and Managing Risks. Journal of Risk Research, 2001, 4 (2): 159-173 (with O. Renn)

Public Participation Across Borders. In Linneroth-Bayer, J.; Löfstedt, R.; and Sjöstedt, G. (eds.) 2001: Transboundary Risk Management. London: Earthscan, 245-278 (with O. Renn)