Aug 2010	GeoGovernance ist zentrales Element Im Antrag zur Exzellenzinitiative

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Sep 2010	Beim Schiffbauergasse-Fest wird Wissenschaft zum Anfassen präsentiert

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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

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Professor Detlef F. Sprinz, Ph.D.

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Transdisciplinary Concepts & Methods (RD IV)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
D-14412 Potsdam

Website: http://www.sprinz.org
E-Mail: dsp@pik-potsdam.de
Phone: +49 331 288-2555
Fax: +49 331 288-2037



Research Interests

long-term policy, inter/national institutions & the evaluation of their performance, inter/national environmental policy, and modeling political decisions


Academic Training

1992 Ph.D. (Political Science), The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
1986 M.A. (Political Science), The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
1986 M.A. (Economics), The University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany


Professional Experience

2011 - present Professor ("Honorarprofessor"), Department of Economic and Social Sciences, The University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
2011 - 2012
E.ON Ruhrgas Scholar, The Research Council of Norway (host: Department of Political Science and CICERO, The University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
2009 - present Chairman, Scientific Committee, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark (Vice-Chair: 2006-208; Member: 2004-present)
2006 - 2007 Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
1995 - 2002 Co-Founder and (non-executive) Partner, Ecologic - Institute for International and European Environmental Policy, Berlin, Germany
1992 - present Senior Scientist, Transdisciplinary Concepts & Methods (1992-2007: Department of Global Change & Social Systems), PIK - Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany


Cooperation with other institutions / Consultancy in National and International Committees

  • Member, International Advisory Committee of MILEN - Environmental Change and Sustainable Energy, University of Oslo, Norway (2010-present)
  • Chairman, Scientific Committee, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark (2009-present) (Vice-Chair: 2006-2008; Member: 2004-present)
  • Member, RESCUE - Responses to Environmental and Societal Challenges for Our Unstable Earth, Working Group on Requirements for Research Methodologies and Data, European Science Foundation (2009-2010)
  • Advisory Board, "Late Lessons for Early Warnings", European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark (2006)
  • Advisory Board, "Mapping the Global Environmental Governance System", Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, MA (Project of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) with support by the Danish government) (2005-2006)
  • Advisory Board, "South-North Dialog: Equity in the Greenhouse." Project Executed by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy with the Energy & Development Research Centre at the University of Cape Town (EDRC) (supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Bonn, Germany) (2003-2004)
  • Advisory Board, "Development of a Strategy Agianst Invasive Alien Species." Project Executed by the Center for Nature Protection, University of Göttingen, Germany (supported by the Federal Nature Protection Agency, Bonn, Germany) (2003-2004)
  • European Academy, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany (Member of the Council) (1999-present)


Editorial Activities

  • Global Environmental Politics (Editorial Advisory Board, 2008-present)
  • Journal of Environment & Development (Editorial Board, 1995-present)
  • Weather, Climate, and Society (Associate Editor for Political Science, 2008-present)


Honors, Awards, Nominations and Special Appointments

  • 2010 Harold Jacobsen Lecture, 21 Oct. 2010, Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • 2008: Certificate of Tribute by Governor Jennifer M. Grandholm (Michigan) "to honor his contributions to the science of global climate change" in conjunction with "the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who along with former Vice President Al Gore, received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize"


Selected Invited Lectures (last 12 months)

2011:     “The Compensation Fund for Climate Impacts” Invited Presentation, MILEN—Environmental Change and Sustainable Energy, 30 Aug. 2011, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

2011:     “Climate Change & Effective Multilateralism?” Invited Presentation at the International Conference “Making Multilateralism Effective: The Role of the European Union,” 07-08 July 2011, Permanent Representation of the State of Schleswig-Holstein to the Federal Government, Berlin, Germany.

2011:     “The Political Economy of the Carbon Kuznets Curve,” Invited Presentation for the Academic Panels in Honor of Oran R. 2011 Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance, 19 May 2011, Fort Collins, CO, USA.

2010:     “Successful Climate Policies? How Politics Constrains Carbon Emissions Around the World.” Keynote, MILEN International Conference 2010 “Visions and Strategies to Address Sustainable Energy and Climate Change,” 25-26 Nov. 2010, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

2010:     “The Politics of Long-Term Carbon Emissions,” Invited Presentation on Occasion of the Dean’s Speaker Series, 22 Oct. 2010, School of Natural Resources and Environment, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

2010:     “International Environmental Policy & The Future of International Relations,” 2010 Harold Jacobson Lecture, 21 Oct. 2010, Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

2010:     “Carbon Meets Politics - How Politics Constrains Carbon Emissions Around the World,” The 2nd Annual Climate Change Symposium: “Carbon and Climate: Lessons from the Past, Solutions for the Future,” 18 Oct. 2010, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA.

2010:     “Climate Impacts—Opportunities for Business?” Invited Presentation on Occasion of the Econsense/SWP Workshop “Der Klimawandel - eine sichere Angelegenheit?”, 20 September 2010, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin, Germany.

2010:     “Personal Reflections on Professor J. David Singer,” Memorial, The Michigan League, The University of Michigan, 26 June 2010, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

2010:     Moderator, Inaugural EADS Lecture by Professor Robert J. Lempert (RAND, Santa Monica, CA): “Managing Long-Term Change,” The American Academy in Berlin, 06 May 2010, Berlin, Germany.

2010:     Organizer, Scientific Committee Seminar on “Long-Term Environmental Policy,” Scientific Committee, 03 May 2010, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2010:     “A “Sandwich Solution” to Hybrid Governance Challenges?” Invited Presentation on Occasion of the International Conference “Growth in Transition,” Austrian Academy of Sciences, 28-29 Jan. 2010, Vienna, Austria.



Selected peer-reviewed publications

Churkina, G., J. Tenhunen, P. Thornton, et al. (2003). "Analyzing the Ecosystem Carbon Dynamics of Four European Coniferous Forests Using a Biogeochemistry Model." Ecosystems 6: 169-184.

Dimitrov, R. S., D. F. Sprinz, G. M. DiGiusto, et al. (2007). "International Nonregimes: A Research Agenda." International Studies Review 9(2): 230-258.

Helm, C. and D. F. Sprinz (2000). "Measuring the Effectiveness of International Environmental Regimes." Journal of Conflict Resolution 45(5): 630-652.

Hovi, J., R. Huseby and D. F. Sprinz (2005). "When Do (Imposed) Economic Sanctions Work?" World Politics 57(4): 479-499.

Hovi, J. and D. F. Sprinz (2006). "The Limits of the Law of the Least Ambitious Program." Global Environmental Politics 6(3): 28-42.

Hovi, J., D. F. Sprinz and G. Bang. Advance Electronic Publication Before Print."Why the United States Did Not Become a Party to the Kyoto Protocol: German, Norwegian and US Perspectives." European Journal of International Relations.

Hovi, J., D. F. Sprinz and A. Underdal (2003). "The Oslo-Potsdam Solution to Measuring Regime Effectiveness: Critique, Response, And Extensions." Global Environmental Politics 3(3): 74-96.

Hovi, J., D. F. Sprinz and A. Underdal (2003). "Regime Effectiveness and the Oslo-Potsdam Solution:  A Rejoinder to Oran Young." Global Environmental Politics 3(3): 105-107.

Hovi, J., D. F. Sprinz and A. Underdal (2009). "Implementing Long-Term Climate Policy: Time Inconsistency, Domestic Politics, International Anarchy." Global Environmental Politics 9(3): 20-39.

Lempert, R., J. Scheffran and D. F. Sprinz (2009). "Methods for Long-Term Environmental Policy Challenges." Global Environmental Politics 9(3): 106-133.

Luterbacher, U. and D. F. Sprinz, Eds. (2001). International Relations and Global Climate Change. Cambridge, MA, The MIT Press.

Schröder, M., M. Clausen, A. Grunwald, et al., Eds. (2002). Klimavorhersage und Klimavorsorge [Climate Prediction and Precautionary Measures]. Berlin, Springer.

Sprinz, D. and T. Vaahtoranta (1994). "The Interest-Based Explanation of International Environmental Policy." International Organization 48(1): 77-105.

Sprinz, D. F. (1998). "Internationale Klimapolitik [International Climate Policy]." Die Friedens-Warte - Blätter für internationale Verständigung und zwischenstaatliche Organisation 73(1): 25-44.

Sprinz, D. F. (2000). "Problems of Cross-Level Inference in Political Science." Climatic Change 44(3): 393-408.

Sprinz, D. F. (2003). "Gentleman, Scholar, Visionary - A Living Tribute to Harold K. Jacobson." Michigan Journal of International Law. 24(4): 1029-1035.

Sprinz, D. F. (2003). Internationale Regime und Institutionen [International Regimes and Institutions]. Die neuen Internationalen Beziehungen - Forschungsstand und Perspektiven in Deutschland [The New International Relations - The State of Research and Perspectives in Germany]. G. Hellmann, K. D. Wolf and M. Zürn. Baden-Baden, Nomos Verlag: 251-273.

Sprinz, D. F. (2005). "“Für das Klima haften?” [Liability for Climate Change?]." Politische Ökologie(December 2005/January 2006): 77.

Sprinz, D. F. (2008). "Responding to Long-Term Policy Challenges: Sugar Daddies, Airbus Solution or Liability?" Ökologisches Wirtschaften(2/2008): 16-19.

Sprinz, D. F. (2009). "Long-Term Environmental Policy." Editor, special issue of Global Environmental Politics 9(3).

Sprinz, D. F. (2009). "Long-Term Environmental Policy: Definition, Knowledge, Future Research." Global Environmental Politics 9(3): 1-8.

Sprinz, D. F. and C. Helm (1999). "The Effect of Global Environmental Regimes:  A Measurement Concept." International Political Science Review 20(4): 359-369.

Sprinz, D. F. and Y. Wolinsky-Nahmias, Eds. (2004). Models, Numbers, and Cases: Methods for Studying International Relations. Ann Arbor, MI, University of Michigan Press.