Short profile

Nora Schütze is a postdoctoral researcher at the Section of International Agricultural Policy and Environmental Governance. She works in the BONEX-Project (05/2022 – 04/2025) funded by the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area Programme (PRIMA). BONEX explores and develops specific solutions promoting the linking of governance with practice to overcome barriers of the Water, Energy, Food, and Ecosystems Nexus (WEFE) in the Mediterranean.

Before, she has worked in the GIZ-funded research project GovSoil on soil and water conservation in rainfed agriculture in Tunisia (01/2021 – 06/2022), and in the BMBF-funded research project STEER (06/2017 – 09/2020) which analyzed the influence of governance and management systems on the effectiveness of coordination and cooperation in integrated and adaptive water management.

Nora received her PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) from University of Kassel for her dissertation on determinants, patterns, and performance of coordination of polycentric water governance in Spain. The empirical focus of her thesis was on planning and implantation processes of the EU Water Framework Directive that aimed at a reduction of agricultural water consumption in three different Spanish River Basin Districts.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Lukat, E., Lenschow, A., Dombrowsky, I., Meergans, F., Schütze, N., Stein, U. & Pahl-Wostl, C. (2023). “Governance towards Coordination for Water Resources Management: The Effect of Governance Modes.” Environmental Science & Policy 141: 50–60.

Schütze, N., Thiel, A., Villamayor-Tomás, S. (2022). “Coordination across the Policy Cycle. Uncovering the political economy of river basin management in Spain.” Environmental Science & Policy 135: 182–190.

Dombrowsky, I., Lenschow, A., Meergans, F., Schütze, N., Lukat, E., Stein, U., & Yousefi, A. (2022). "Effects of policy and functional (in)coherence on coordination – A comparative analysis of cross-sectoral water management problems.” Environmental Science & Policy, 131, 118–127.

Pahl-Wostl, C., C. Knieper, E. Lukat, F. Meergans, M. Schoderer, N. Schütze, D. Schweigatz, I. Dombrowsky, A. Lenschow, U. Stein, A. Thiel, J. Tröltzsch, R. Vidaurre (2020). “Enhancing the Capacity of Water Governance to Deal with Complex Management Challenges: A Framework of Analysis.” Environmental Science and Policy 107: 23–35.

Schütze, N., E. Kochskämper (2017). Stakeholder involvement for Water Framework Directive implementation in Germany: Three case studies from Bavaria, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. in E. Kochskämper, E. Challies, N. W. Jager, & J. Newig (eds.), Participation for Effective Environmental Governance: Evidence from European Water Framework Directive Implementation. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Kochskämper, E., N. Schütze, A. Ballester (2017). Stakeholder and citizen involvement for Water Framework Directive implementation in Spain: Three case studies from Andalusia, Cantabria and Catalonia. in E. Kochskämper, E. Challies, N. W. Jager, & J. Newig (eds.), Participation for Effective Environmental Governance: Evidence from European Water Framework Directive Implementation. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.


Schütze, N. (2023). Polycentric Water Governance in Spain. Understanding Determinants, Patterns, and Performance of Coordination. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

Conference presentations

Coordination across the policy cycle: Uncovering the political economy of river basin management in Spain, with A. Thiel & S. Villamayor-Tomás (09/2021). Virutal Earth System Governance Conference 2021.

Analyzing polycentric governance and performance of WFD implementation in Spain: Comparative case study on the reduction of agricultural water rights, with A. Thiel (08/2020). ECPR Virtual General Conference.

Linkages across Policy Stages?: Understanding the Policy process through the IAD and Adjacent Action Situations, with S. Villamayor-Tomás & A. Thiel (09/2019). ECPR General Conference, Wroclaw.

Coordination between the water and agricultural sector: A comparative case study of Spanish river basins on the modernization of irrigation (02/2019). Jahrestagung Forum Junge Staats-, Verwaltungs- und Policy-Forschung, Kassel.

Identifying coordination challenges as potential points of leverage: A comparative case study of a German and Spanish river basin, with F. Meergans, A. Thiel, & A. Lenschow (02/2019). Leverage Points Conference, Lüneburg.


10/2014 – 02/2017

Leuphana University Lüneburg

Master of Arts in Public Economics, Law and Politics

Thesis on “Flood Risk Management in Germany – Exploring Adaptive Capacity and its Barriers”

10/2010 – 03/2014University of Konstanz
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration
Thesis on “Peace-buying durch Verstaatlichung des Ölsektors? Der Fall Venezuela unter Chávez”
09/2012 – 12/2012Sciences Po Bordeaux, France
Exchange semester


Work experience

12/2014 – 03/2017Leuphana University Lüneburg, Department of Governance and Sustainability
Student research assistant on participatory flood risk management, and the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive
03/2016 – 02/2017Leuphana University Lüneburg, Department of Theory of Economic Policy
Teaching assistant: Microeconomics (Bachelor) and Competition Economics and Competition Law (Master)
03/2016 -
Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe
Trainer for seminars on political education in general and vocational schools
09/2013 – 03/2014University of Konstanz
Student research assistant at the Department of Politics and Public Administration and at the Department of Comparative Politics of Non-democratic States

2009 –


Voluntary service and internships in Bolivia (DED, Goethe Institute, ASA-Program), and Brussels (Heinrich Böll Foundation)