Ingeborg Niestroy – Founder/director


Dr. Ingeborg Niestroy studied (physical) geography, worked as planner for transport projects, and has ever since been interested in governance questions of environmental integration and sustainable development, firstly culminating in her Ph.D. thesis on Strategic Environmental Assessment. Since 2019 she has worked at the Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS, formerly known as IASS – Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies) in Potsdam, Germany. Since 2022, she leads and coordinates the EU Horizon 2020 project REAL-DEAL “Reshaping citizen deliberations for the European Green Deal” – a consortium of 16 partners composed of researchers and civil society organisations. Previously she worked for the Science Platform Sustainability 2030, – a new institution of the German Sustainability Strategy.

She has more than 20 years experience in environmental policy and governance for sustainable development, at the interface of science, policy and society – at national, subnational and EU level, in Europe and internationally. From 1999 to 2012 she was executive director of EEAC, the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils. 2014/2015 she worked as liaison person for the Ministry for Environment and Agriculture of Rhineland-Palatinate in the Representation to the EU.

Ingeborg is co-founder and director of the think tank Public Strategy for Sustainable Development (ps4sd), where she advises national governments, EU institutions, UN bodies and the OECD on SDG implementation challenges. She lead or collaborated in various studies and projects, often with a comparative perspective of different countries and at different levels, such as for the European Parliament (2019): Europe’s approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: good practices and the way forward.

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