Kirschke, Sabrina

Senior Research Associate

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

    Research Interests

    • Governance of complex and wicked problems
    • Integrated management of water, soil, and waste
    • Mixed methods designs
    • Transdisciplinary research and citizen science


    • PhD, Political Science, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany (2018)
    • Diplom, Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (2009)


    • Member of the environmental management committee "Anwendung eines Umweltmanagementsystems innerhalb des Umweltthemengebietes Wasser" (NA 172-00-02-02) of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) (2020)
    • Focal point for the external evaluation of UNU-FLORES (2020)
    • Member of the Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 6.3.2 Technical Feedback Group, coordinated by UN Environment GEMS/Water (2018/2019)

    Biographical Statement

    Sabrina Kirschke is a Senior Research Associate at UNU-FLORES. She contributes to the research, academic, and capacity development activities in water resources management within the resource 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 governance strategies to addressing these problems in practice. Her work refers to various regional levels (e.g., transboundary, national, local) 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. During her PhD, she worked on the role of complexity in addressing the water quality challenge.

  • Articles

    Book Chapters

    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