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"In the transformation to a bioeconomy, interests must be balanced to achieve societal consent. Bioeconomy is political!"

Prof. Dr. Michael Böcher

Professor of Political Science and Sustainable Development, University Magdeburg

The most important stages of the career

2018–2021
Head of the Institute for Social Sciences at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg 

since 2016
Holder of the newly established Chair of Political Science with a focus on sustainable development at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg 

2015-2016
Senior researcher, FernUniversität in Hagen, Department of Political Science III: Policy Field Analysis and Environmental Policy.  

2008-2015
Postdoctoral researcher and working group leader: Chair of Forestry and Conservation Policy at the Georg-August-University Göttingen 

2001-2008
Research Assistant: Professorship for Forestry and Conservation Policy at the Georg-August-University Göttingen

2008
PhD at the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology at the Georg-August-University Göttingen 

1997
Diploma in Political Science at the Philipps-University Marburg

1991-1997
Studies of Political Science, Economics and Media Science at the Philipps-University Marburg

Activities and Memberships

Since 2000
Numerous policy consulting activities on environmental and sustainability issues for:

Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Education, Science and Research (BMBWF)

German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN),

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

Biography

Michael Böcher holds the Chair of Political Science and Sustainable Development at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. Here, he deals with bioeconomy, environmental and climate policy, and rural development, among other topics. He also conducts research on scientific policy advice. In 2021, he and his team received an Environmental Award of the state capital of Magdeburg.

Focus

  • Bioeconomy Policy
  • Governance

Future Challenges

  • Tackling the climate crisis
  • Achieving the SDGs
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