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UAS Working Papers

The UAS Working Paper Series (ISSN  2568-1656) serves to disseminate first results of ongoing research about sustainability issues and questions. Through publishing we aim to encourage the exchange of ideas.

In this section we also present publications from our UAS Fellows that were written in the framework of the University Alliance for Sustainability.

Working Paper of the University Alliance for Sustainability

Exploring Academia's Carbon Footprint - UAS Mobility Survey

Working Paper of the University Alliance for Sustainability

Universities as Change Makers: Sustainability Initiatives from Across the Globe

Working Paper of the University Alliance for Sustainability

International Cooperation for the Protection of Global Public Goods- Towards a Global Plastics Treaty

Working Paper of the University Alliance for Sustainability

Low carbon community pilot initiative in China:
opportunities and barriers of implementation

Working Paper of the University Alliance for Sustainability

Implementing the Biosphere Reserve Concept in China: Evaluation of the Effects on Nature Reserves Management

Working Paper of the University Alliance for Sustainability

Spring Campus 2016
Conference Proceedings

Master and Bachelor theses (completed with a UAS scholarship)

Laurinat, Jan-Philipp (2017): Green University Development in China – Student Perceptions of Sustainability-Related Initiatives at Peking University. Master theses; Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Eva Sternfeld (Chinese Studies at Freie Universität Berlin).

Ouyang, Yixuan (2017): Research on the Social Security System in China at the Perspective of Coordinating Urban and Rural Development. Bachelor theses; Supervisors: Prof. Michael Bolle (Political and Social Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin), Prof. Chengen Zhao (Peking University).

Schöning, Simon (2017): Energy Subsidy Reform in the Russian Far East: A Regional Analysis for the Development of Renewable Energy Sources in the Republic of Sakha. Master theses; Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Theocharis Grigoriadis (Economics & East European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin).

Stagl, Sebastian (2016): Zeit in der Zweiten Moderne. Master theses; Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Reinhold Popp, Prof. Dr. Gerhard de Haan (Institute Future at Freie Universität Berlin).

Selected network-related publications of UAS funded participants


Kuhn, Berthold. "China's efforts." D+C Development and Cooperation no. 2 2018, 2018, pp.18. https://www.dandc.eu/en/article/china-keen-promoting-sustainable-development

Li Huidong, Zhou Yuyu, Li Xiaoma, et al. "A new method to quantify surface urban heat island intensity." Science of The Total Environment, vol. 624, 2018, pp. 262-272. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.360


Bormann, Inka and Nikel, Jutta. “Interconnected Case Studies on the Governance of ESD within the German Multi-Level Education System.” International Review of Education (special issue: Critical Case studies of Non-formal and Community Learning for Sustainable Development), 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s11159-017-9683-9.

Feitelson, Eran and Tubi, Amit. “A Main Driver or an Intermediate Variable? Climate Change, Water and Security in the Middle East.” Global Environmental Change vol. 44, pp. 39-48, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.03.001.

Feitelson, Eran. “A Hierarchy of Water Needs and their Implications for Allocation Mechanisms.”, in: Ziegler, Rafael, Groenfeld, David (Eds.) “Towards a Global Ethics Charter.”, 2017, Routledge. ISSN: 978-1-135-46969-0.

Fleischer, Aliza, Felsenstein, Daniel and Lichter, Michal. “A spatially accurate method for evaluating distributional effects of ecosystem services.” in: The Center for Agricultural Economic Research and Department of Environmental Economics and Management “Discussion Paper No. 2.17.”, 2017. http://departments.agri.huji.ac.il/economics/en/publications/discussion_papers/2017/aliza%20flisher%202-17.pdf

Huan, Qingzhi. ”China's Participation in Global Climate Governance and its Evolution: A theoretical Interpretation.” Journal of Henan Normal University, vol. 44, no. 4, 2017, pp.1-6.

Jörgens, Helge, Kolleck, Nina, Saerbeck, Barbara and Well, Mareike. “Orchestrating Diversity: The Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity as an attention-seeking Bureaucracy.”, in: Bauer, Michael W., Knill, Christoph, Eckhard, Steffen (Eds.) “International bureaucracy: Challenges and lessons for public administration research.”, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp. 73-95.

Kolleck, Nina, Well, Mareike, Sperzel, Severin and Jörgens, Helge. “Climate Change Education through Social Networks: How a Treaty Secretariat Creates Momentum for Education.” in the UNFCCC.” Global Environmental Politics vol. 17, no. 4, 2017, pp. 106-126.

Kolleck, Nina. „Netzwerke. Transfer und Diffusion einer Bildungsinnovation.“, in: Gerhard de Haan (Eds.) „Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung – State of the art“, forthcoming, Wiesbaden: VS/Springer Verlag.

Kuhn, Berthold. “Sustainable Development and Climate Policies in China.” 2017, LAP Publishers, ISBN: 978-3-330-05869-9.

Kuhn, Berthold. “Nachhaltige Entwicklung aus deutscher und chinesischer Perspektive im Kontext der Seidenstraßeninitiative.“ The Belt and Road Initiative and Europe, Peking: Shi Shi Publishers, 2017, pp. 68-77.

Maksimova, E., Abakumov, E.V. “Micromorphological Characteristics of Sandy Forest Soils Recently Impacted by Wildfires in Russia.” Solid Earth, vol. 8, no. 2, 2017, pp. 553-560. DOI: 10.5194/se-8-553-2017. https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85018650917&doi=10.5194%2fse-8-553-2017&partnerID=40&md5=1721abadb65597c1d65416e7598d0838

Ohlhorst, Dörte. “Governance Supporting and Inhibiting Decentralisation in the German Renewable Electricity Market.” in: Burger, Christoph, Froggatt, Antony, Mitchell, Catherine, Weinmann,Jens(Eds.)Decentralised Energy – a Global Game-Changer. Business Models and Worldwide Best Practices for a Time beyond Subsidy.2017.

Quayle, Moura et al. “Resilient Cities Policy Challenge.” Ideabook published by UBC Policy Studio, Liu Institute for Global Issues, 2017. https://liu.arts.ubc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/UBC-Ideabook-DIGITAL.pdf

Sergunin, Alexander. “International Cooperation as a Means for Russia’s Arctic Urban Sustainability Strategy.” in: Orttung, Robert W., Laruelle,Marlene.Urban Sustainability in the Arctic: Visions, Contexts, and Challenges.” USA: The George Washington University, 2017, pp. 73-80.

Sternfeld, Eva. “Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China.” Routledge International Handbooks, 2017. ISBN-10: 1138831115.

van Wijk, Josef and Fishhendler, Itay. “The Construction of Urgency Discourse around Mega-projects: the Israeli Case.” Policy Sciences, vol. 50, no. 3, 2017, pp 469-494. DOI: 10.1007/s11077-016-9262-0.

Wanke, Andreas. “Sustainable Campus Management at Freie Universität Berlin Governance and Participation Matter.” in: Filho, Walter Leal., Mifsud, Mark Christopher, Shiel, Chris. “Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education.” Volume 3, 2017, pp.27-45.


Alekseev, I.I., Abakumov, E.V., Shamilishvili, G.A., Lodygin (Eds.): “Heavy Metals and Hydrocarbons Content in Soils of Settlements of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.” Hygiene and Sanitary, vol. 95, no. 9, 2016, pp. 818-821. DOI: 10.18821/0016-9900-2016-95-9-818-821.

Beermann, Jan, Damodaran, Appukuttan, Jörgensen, Kirsten and Schreurs, Miranda. “Climate Action in Indian Cities: An Emerging New Research Area, Multilevel Climate Governance and the Role of the Subnational State.” Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, vol. 13, no. 1, 2016, pp. 267-283, DOI: 10.1080/1943815X.2015.1130723.

Bobylev, Nikolai. “Transitions to a High Density Urban Underground Space.”, Procedia Engineering, vol 165, 2016, pp. 184-192. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2016.11.750.

Bobylev, Nikolai. “Underground Space as an Urban Indicator: Measuring Use of Subsurface Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology.” Elsevier, special issue Urban of Underground Space: A Growing Imperative. Perspectives and Current Research in Planning and Design for Underground Space Use, vol. 55, 2016, pp. 40 - 51, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2015.10.024.

Bobylev, Nikolai and Sterling, Ray. “Urban Underground Space: A Growing Imperative. Perspectives and Current Research in Planning and Design for Underground Space Use.” Elsevier, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, vol. 55, 2016, pp. 1-5., DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2016.02.022.

Bormann, Inka and Kolleck, Nina. „Vertrauen in lokalen Netzwerken des BNE-Transfers.“ in: Bormann, Inka, Heinrich, Martin, Hamborg, Steffen (Eds.): „Governance – Regime des Transfers von Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung“. 2016, Wiesbaden: VS/Springer Verlag, pp. 273-286, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-13223-1_14.

Braun-Wanke, Karola. „Learning & Teaching for a Sustainable Future. Schools@University for Sustainability + Climate Protection at Freie Universität Berlin”, in: Filho, Walter Leal, Azeitero, Ulisses, Alves, Marai de Fatima (Eds.): “Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education.”, 2016, Volume 5, Springer.

Brunnengräber, Achim, Mez, Lutz and Schreurs, Miranda. „Das Endlager-Dilemma. Über den Umgang mit Atommüll.“ Jahrbuch Ökologie, 2016, Stuttgart: Hirzel, pp. 182-190, ISBN 978-3-7776-2533-1.

Chizhikova, Natalia, Lessovaia, Sofia and Gorbushina, Anna. “Biogenic Weathering of Mineral Substrates (Review).” in: Frank-Kamenetskaya, O.V.et al. (Eds.). “Biogenic – Abiogenic Interactions in Natural and Anthropogenic Systems.” Lecture Notes in Earth System Sciences, 2016, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-24987-2_2

Feitelson, Eran et al. “Assessing Land Use Implementation: Bridging the Performance –Conformance Divide.” Land Use Policy, vol. 61, 2016, pp. 251-264. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.11.017.

Fengqiao, Mei. “General Theory of Eco-civilized Government and its Construction Strategies.” China Population, Resources and Environment, vol.26, no.3.

Grigoriadis, Theocharis, and Breyel, Corinna. “Foreign Agents? Natural Resources & the Political Economy of Civil Society.” 2016, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin. http://edocs.fu-berlin.de/docs/receive/FUDOCS_document_000000025319

Kolleck, Nina. “Uncovering Influence through Social Network Analysis: the Role of Schools in Education for Sustainable Development.” Journal of Education Policy, vol. 31, no. 3, 2016, pp. 308-330. DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2015.111931

Korzhikov, Victor et al. “Polyester-based Microparticles of Different Hydrophobicity: the Patterns of Lipophilic Drug Entrapment and Release.” Journal of Microencapsulation: Micro and Nano Carriers, vol. 33, no. 3, 2016, pp .199-208.

Kuhn, Berthold. “Sustainable Development Discourses in China.” Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 9, no. 6, 2016. DOI:10.5539/jsd.v9n6p158. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jsd.v9n6p158

Kuhn, Berthold. “Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Development in China.” Open Journal of Political Science, vol. 6, 2016, pp. 433-453. http://www.scirp.org/Journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=71579, Kuhn OJPS Oct 2016.pdf

Kuhn, Berthold. “EU China-Cooperation on Human Rights”, Friends of Europe, 2016. URL: http://www.friendsofeurope.org/security-europe/eu-china-cooperation-human-rights-africa-prospects-common-ground/

Kuhn, Berthold. “Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Development in China.” Open Journal of Political Sciences, vol. 6, 2016, pp. 433-453. ISSN: 2164-0513.

Li, Fei and Feitelson, Eran. „To Desalinate or Divert? A Comparative Supply Cost Analysis for North Coastal China.” International Journal of Water Resources Development, vol. 33, no.1, 2016, pp. 93-110. DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2016.1143349.

Ohlhorst, Dörte. „Germany’s Energy Transition Policy between National Targets and Decentralized Responsibilities.”Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, vol. 12, no. 4, 2016, pp. 303-322. DOI: 10.1080/1943815X.2015.1125373. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1943815X.2015.1125373

Ohlhorst, Dörte et al. „Erneuerbare Energien in Wärmenetzen – eine realistische Perspektive?“ in: von Weizsäcker, Carl Christian, Lindenberger, Dietmar, Höffler, Felix (Eds.). „Interdisziplinäre Aspekte der Energiewirtschaft.” Buchsonderausgabe der Zeitschrift für Energiewirtschaft, 2016, pp. 267-280, Springer-Vieweg-CMYK. DOI: 10.1007/s12398-012-0087-z.

Stagl, Sebastian: „Auf dem Weg in eine temporal differenzierte Gesellschaft.“ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zeitpolitik, Zeitpolitisches Magazin, vol. 13, no. 29, 2016. http://www.zeitpolitik.de/pdfs/ZPM_29_1216.pdf

Tessnow-von Wysocki, Ina. “Re-use of Surplus Furniture at UBC.” SEEDS Program, vol. 500, 2016. URL:https://sustain.ubc.ca/sites/sustain.ubc.ca/files/seedslibrary/Re-use%20of%20Surplus%20Furniture%20at%20UBC_0.pdf

Xiang, Ning, Mei, Fengqiao, Li, Jinhui, Tang, Wanjin. “Management Strategies for Collection and Treatment Industry of Waste Household Appliances in China.” Ecological Economy, Vol. 32, No. 68, 2016.


Abdolvand, Behrooz and Schütt, Brigitta et al. “The Dimension of Water in Central Asia: Security Concerns and the long Road of Capacity Building.” Environmental Earth Sciences, vol. 73, no. 2, 2014, pp. 897-912. Springer, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-014-3579-9.

Braun-Wanke, Karola and Risch, Katrin et al. “From Knowledge to Action – a Field Report. Moving from traditional to transformational Teaching and Learning. A Pilot Model for Education for Sustainable Development at Freie Universität Berlin.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, vol. 5, no. 4, 2015, pp. 508-516, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s13412-015-0228-x.

Brunnengräber, Achim and Schreurs, Miranda. “Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Waste Governance. Perspectives after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.”, in: Brunnengräber, Achim et al. (Eds.) “Nuclear Waste Governance. An International Comparison.” 2015, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 47-78, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-08962-7_2.

Grigoriadis, Theocharis. “Aid in Transition: EU Development Cooperation with Russia and Eurasia.” 2015, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6582-9.

Kolleck, Nina. „Von der Bildungslandschaft zur Nachhaltigen Bildungslandschaft.“, in: Fischbach, Robert et al. (Eds.). „Auf dem Weg zu Nachhaltigen Bildungslandschaften. Lokale Netzwerke erforschen und gestalten.“ 2015, Wiesbaden: VS/Springer Verlag, pp. 27-39, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-06978-0.

Kuhn, Berthold: “Climate Protection and Civil Society Organisations in the P.R. China.”, in: BBE Europe News 11/2015 – Newsletter for Engagement and Participation in Europe.

Ohlhorst, Dörte, Schreurs, Miranda and Steuwer, Sibyl. „Governance der Energiewende.“ in: Renn, Ortwin (Eds.). „Aspekte der Energiewende aus sozialwissenschaftlicher Perspektive.“ (Analyse aus der Schriftenreihe Energiesysteme der Zukunft), München, 2015, pp. 66-75, ISBN: 978-3-9817048-4-6.

Schreurs, Miranda and Ohlhorst, Dörte. “NIMBY and YIMBY: Movements For and Against Renewable Energy in Germany and the United States.”, in: Hager, Carol and Haddad, Mary Alice (Eds.). ”Nimby Is Beautiful: Cases of Local Activism and Environmental Innovation Around the World.” 1st ed., New York; Oxford, Berghahn Books, 2015. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt9qcsmj.