Kirschke, Sabrina

Research Assistant

  • Sabrina Kirschke
    UNU-FLORES, Ammonstrasse 74, Dresden, 01067, Germany
    + 49 351 8921 9370

    Research Interests

    • Addressing complex and wicked problems
    • Governance
    • Water quality
    • Water resource management


    • Diplom (Master of Arts) in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

    Biographical Statement

    Sabrina Kirschke is a research assistant with the Water Resource Management unit at UNU-FLORES. She contributes to the research, academic and capacity development activities in water resources management within the water-soil-waste nexus. Before joining UNU-FLORES, she worked as a research associate in several water-related projects at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Magdeburg, Germany and as a consultant and intern at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung GmbH in Eschborn and Uganda. She is particularly interested in conceptualising complexities of water quality-related nexus problems and to developing tools to addressing these problems in practice. Her work refers to various regional levels (e.g. transboundary, national) and regulations (e.g. European Water Framework Directive). She is experienced with interdisciplinary and problem-oriented research, in-depth cooperation with stakeholders, and the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods. She received her Diplom (Master of Arts) in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin in Germany.  Since 2013, she pursues a PhD in Political Science at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany on the governance of complex water-related problems within the European Water Framework Directive.

  • Articles

    • Kim, Jiwon, Kirschke, Sabrina and Avellán, Tamara (2018). Well-Designed Citizen Science Projects Can Help Monitor SDG 6. SDG Knowledge Hub, n/a-n/a
    • Kirschke, Sabrina and Avellán, Tamara (2018). Political Challenges in Monitoring SDG 6. SDG Knowledge Hub, n/a-n/a
    • Lee, SungBong, Avellán, Tamara and Kirschke, Sabrina (2017). Too Many Indicators Make Monitoring Murky. The Source, n/a-n/a
    • Kirschke, S., Borchardt, D., Newig, J. (2017). Mapping Complexity in Environmental Governance: A comparative analysis of 37 priority issues in German water management. Environmental Policy and Governance 27(6), 534-559
    • Kirschke, S.; Newig, J. Addressing Complexity in Environmental Management and Governance. Sustainability 2017, 9, 983.
    • Hagemann, N. and Kirschke, S. (2017): Key Issues of Interdisciplinary NEXUS Governance Analyses: Lessons Learned from Research on Integrated Water Resources Management. Resources 6, 9
    • Kirschke S., Newig J., Völker J., and Borchardt D. (2017): Does problem complexity matter for environmental policy delivery? How public authorities address problems of water governance. Journal of Environmental Management 196, 1-7
    • Kirschke, S., Völker, J., Richter, S. (2016): Evaluating water management processes in Germany, Conceptual approach and practical applications. Environmental Earth Sciences 75:1098.
    • Kirschke, S., Hagemann, N. (2014): Stärkung der Wasser-Governanceforschung. Impulse aus der Forschung zum Integrierten Wasserressourcen-Management. GAIA 23(4), pp. 313-317

    Book Chapters

    • Kirschke, S., Horlemann, L., Brenda, M., Deffner, J., Jokisch, A., Mohajeri, S., Onigkeit, J. (2016): Benefits and barriers of participation: Experiences of applied research projects in integrated water resources management. In: Borchardt, D., Bogardi, J. und Ibisch, R. (eds.): Integrated water resources management: Concepts, research and implementation. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 303-331

    Conference Proceedings

    • Kirschke, S., Richter, S., Völker, J. (2015): Management-Indikatoren zur Bewertung des Umsetzungsprozesses der WRRL. Ein konzeptioneller und empirischer Beitrag. In: Evers, M., Diekkrüger, B. (eds.): Aktuelle Herausforderungen im Flussgebiets- und Hochwassermanagement: Prozesse, Methoden, Konzepte. Beiträge zum Tag der Hydrologie am 19./20. März 2015 an der Universität Bonn. Forum für Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung 35. Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall (DWA), Hennef, pp. 255-264
    • Kirschke, S., Ibisch, R., Stärz, C., Borchardt, B. (2013): Report from the Dresden International Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management. In: Borchardt, D., Ibisch, R. (Hrsg.): Integrated Water Resources Management in a changing world. Lessons learnt and innovative perspectives. London: IWA Publishing. XV–XXIV


    • Dombrowski, I., Hagemann, N., Huppert, W., Kirschke, S. (2013): Governance als Erfolgsfaktor für ein Integriertes Wasserressourcen-Management. Eckpunktepapier
    • Brenda, M., Jokisch, A., Kirschke, S., Lee-Peuker, M.-Y., Onigkeit, J., Sigel, K., Walk, H. (2013): Partizipationsprozesse in Forschungsprojekten zum Integrierten Wasserressourcen-Management. Eckpunktepapier