Nina Amelung

Researcher/Tech. Uni. Berlin


Nina Amelung is Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate in the Innovation in Governance Research Group at the Department of Sociology,Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.

She is a social scientist and studied sociology, political science and psychology at the Rheinisch-WestfälischeTechnischeHochschule Aachen and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The subject of her diploma thesis was "Sustainable Development and Quality of Life: The Relevance of Environment for the Subjective Wellbeing".

Nina has worked in the German Parliament and at the German Council for Sustainable Development, where her work focused on governance for sustainable development, e.g. the national strategy for sustainable development, impact assessment and the integration in a federal state system.
As a visiting scholar she worked at the Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE), Stockholm University, Swedenand the IET-Research Center on Enterprise and Work Innovation, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.Nina Amelung is Research Fellow in the Earth System Governance project, a core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP).

Her research interests include citizen participation and democracy and sustainable development with perspectives offered at the intersection of organisational and science studies. In her current work she studies the innovation journey and the ‘constituent group’ of citizen panels. In her PhD project she deals with the political connotation of standardisation and transnational citizen participation projects.


Amelung, N. (2012): The emergence of citizen panels as a de facto standard. In:  QUADERNI,  79: 13-28. (Link:

Amelung, N./Mayer-Scholl, B./Schäfer, M./Weber, J. (eds.) (2008): Einstieg in Nachhaltige Entwicklung. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang.