Dr. Mareike Blum


Dr. Mareike Blum

Mareike Blum is a Postdoctoral researcher and works in the “Assessments and Scientific Policy Advice” (SEP) group. In the Ariadne project, she conducts the accompanying research of the citizen deliberation with empirical social science methods. She explores the process and the impacts of a value-based deliberation as part of a knowledge co-production at the science-policy interface.

Mareike Blum studied social sciences in interdisciplinary study programs with a focus on Political Sciences, Sociology and Governance studies in Passau and Freiburg. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Governance and Public Policy and a Master of Science in Environmental Governance. After her master studies, she worked 5 years as research associate at the University of Freiburg, where she also completed her Ph.D. at the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy. In her doctoral thesis, she examined the discursive legitimation and de-legitimation of transnational climate governance using the example of the global carbon offset markets.

Research interests:

  • Legitimacy and controversies in climate governance
  • Knowledge co-production in sustainability research
  • The role of ideas, values and discourses in political processes



Blum, M. & Lövbrand E. (2019). The return of carbon offsetting? The discursive legitimation of new market arrangements in the Paris climate regime. Earth System Governance, 2 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esg.2019.100028

Blum, M. (2019). The legitimation of contested carbon markets after Paris – empirical insights from market stakeholders. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2019.1697658

Blum, M. (2020). Whose Climate? Whose forest? Power struggles in a contested carbon forestry project in Uganda. Forest Policy and Economics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2020.102137

Lang S. Blum M. & Leipold S. (2019) What future for the voluntary carbon offset market after Paris? An explorative study based on the Discursive Agency Approach, Climate Policy 19 (4), 414-426. https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2018.1556152

Reinecke, S. and Blum, M., (2018). Discourses across Scales on Forest Landscape Restoration. Sustainability, 10 (3), 613, https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030613

Blum, M., & Partzsch, L. (2017). Book Review - Global Strategic Engagement: States and Non-State Actors in Global Governance. Global Policy.

Blum, M., & Reinecke, S.(2017). Towards a Role-Oriented Governance Approach: Insights from Eight Forest Climate Initiatives. Forests, 8(3), 65. https://doi.org/10.3390/f8030065

Sotirov, M., Blum, M., Storch, S., Selter, A., & Schraml, U. (2016). Do forest policy actors learn through forward-thinking? Conflict and cooperation relating to the past, present and futures of sustainable forest management in Germany. Forest Policy and Economics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2016.11.011

Latest Publications

Blum, M., Colell, A., Treichel, K. , 2022

Deliberation: Neue Räume für die Aushandlung von Politikoptionen

Umkämpfte Zukunft. Zum Verhältnis von Nachhaltigkeit, Demokratie und Konflikt
Treichel, K., Blum, M., Kowarsch, M., 2022

Report: Bürgersichten auf zukünftige Energiewelten – Ergebnisse der Ariadne-Bürgerkonferenz

Blum, M., Colell, A., Hoffmann, J., Karohs, K., Kowarsch, M., Krude, M., Saur, M., Thiel, H. , 2021

Was ist uns wichtig bei Verkehrs- und Stromwende? Bürgerinnen und Bürger sprechen über Herausforderungen und Ziele