Aug 2010	GeoGovernance ist zentrales Element Im Antrag zur Exzellenzinitiative

Geogovernance is a central element in the application for the Excellence Initiative.       > read more


Sep 2010	Beim Schiffbauergasse-Fest wird Wissenschaft zum Anfassen präsentiert

Sep 2010: At the "Schiffbauergasse"-festival science is presented to be touched      > read more


29.10.2010: PCPM Climate Breakfast with Prof. Bierbaum         > read more

Apr 2010	Geo- und Klimawissenschaften im Auswärtigen Amt

Apr 2010: Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Federal Foreign Office.


Feb 2010	PROGRESS startet mit Kickoff-Meeting

Feb 2010: PROGRESS started with Kickoff-Meeting.        > read more

Dr. Andreas Obser

Potsdam Centrum für Politik und Management (PCPM)

D-14483 Potsdam

E-Mail: andreas.obser@me.com
Phone: +49 151 4310 1930


Research Interests

International Cooperation, Regional Integration, South-South Cooperation, Government and Governance, Communities of Practice, Policy and Strategy, Impact Evaluation, Knowledge Management and Performance Communication


Academic Training

1991 - 1997 Dr. phil., Universität Leipzig
2001 Visiting scientist, Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
1998 Visiting scientist, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
1984 - 1990 Diplom-Verwaltungswissenschaften, Universiy of Konstanz


Professional Experience

2011 - current Senior Advisor and Fellow, Potsdam Center for Policy and Management, UP
2011 - current
Associate Programme Director, Policy and Strategy, Adelphi, Berlin
2007 - 2010 GTZ Programme Director, ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta
1998 - 2006 Assistant Professor, Chair of International Politics, UP


Cooperation with other institutions / Consultancy in National and International Committees

  • Member of Strategic Steering Committee of EU FLEGT Asia, Regional Policy Research Support Programme, Kuala Lumpur/Jakarta (2008-2010);
  • Member of Technical and Scientific Advisory Board, Global Environment Fund (GEF), on behalf of BMZ, Washington, D.C. (2006-2007);
  • Member of the steering committee of DFG priority research programme „Global Change“, Bonn/Freiburg (1998-2003);
  • Member of Curriculum Advisory Board, Hertie School of Governance (2003-2005), Berlin;
  • Scientific Member of Advisory Board, International Forest Policy Support Programme, GTZ-IWP, Eschborn (2002-2006)


Editorial Activities
Editior-in-chief of ASEAN-Exlibris, ASEAN Executive Mirror, GTZ MIMEO, CIEM/UP Policy and Research Series


Other Professional Service Activities (national and international)

  • Policy and strategy advisor for BMZ, GTZ, OECD, EU, World Bank, CIDA, SIDA, DEZA, Bertelsmann Foundation, International Risk Governance Council


Honors, Awards, Nominations and Special Appointments

  • Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst (MWK) scholarship, Stuttgart;
  • DAAD scholarship, Bonn


Selected Invited Lectures (last 12 months)

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, 2010; German Institute of Development, Bonn, 2010


Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • Obser, A., 2007. Multilateral Organisations Performance Assessment: Opportunities and Limitations of Harmonisation for Bilateral Development Agencies (Discussion Paper 19/2007). Bonn, German Development Institute, GDI.
  • Obser, A., 2006. Privatisierung in Entwicklungsländern. In: E. U. v. Weizsäcker, O. Young and M. Finger: Grenzen der Privatisierung: Wann ist des Guten zu viel (Bericht an den Club of Rome). Stuttgart, S. Hirzel Verlag.
  • Obser, A., 2005. Privatization and Development. In: E. U. v. Weizsäcker, O. Young and M. Finger: Limits to Privatization (Report to the Club of Rome). London, Earthscan.
  • Obser, A., 2004. Ergebnisorientierung und internationale Programmbildung als Herausforderung an das Wissensmanagement in der deutschen Entwicklungspolitik. In: Edeling, T., Jann, W., Reichard, C. and Wagner, D.: Wissenssteuerung und Wissensmanagement in Politik, Wirtschaft und Verwaltung. Opladen: Leske + Budrich.
  • Obser, A., 2003. Learning in International Public Policy Networks: Managing Institutional Interplay Between National and International Forest Programs. In: H. Breit, A. Engels, T. Moss and M. Troja: How Institutions Change - Perspectives on Social Learning in Environmental Contexts. Opladen: Leske + Budrich.
  • Benner, T., A. Obser, W. Reinicke und J.M. Witte, 2001. Global Public Policy: Chancen und Herausforderungen vernetzten Regierens. Zeitschrift für Politik.
  • Obser, A., 2001. Ansätze wirkungsorientierter ‚Global Public Governance’. asien afrika lateinamerika 29: 1-27.