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Barbara Neumann studied Geography at Saarland University and at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver/Burnaby (Canada) and received her doctorate in Geography from Saarland University in 2002. After that she worked as a freelance consultant and as a research associate in environmental research in the Geography Department of Saarland University in Saarbrücken. From 2010 to 2017, she worked as postdoctoral research associate with the Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise Research Group in the Department of Geography at Kiel University and was member of the interdisciplinary research Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” in Kiel. Since June 2017, Barbara Neumann is a senior research associate in Ocean Governance with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany.
Her research expertise is in social-ecological systems analysis in coastal and marine regions with a specific interest in land-ocean interactions, global change processes and sustainable development. Her current work focus is on specific issues in relation to the implementation of sustainable development goal (SDG) 14 on the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and marine resources such as SDG interactions and voluntary commitments, and on regional ocean governance.


  • 2017–present
    Research associate, Institute for Advanced Sustainablity Studies
  • 2010–2017
    Research associate, Kiel University
  • 1997–2010
    Research associate, Saarland University


  • 2002 
    Saarland University, Doctorate in Geography (Dr. phil.)