Some of the ongoing or past projects of PS4SD are presented on this page.



OECD (2021): Supporting OECD with the European Commission’s DG REFORM project ”Design of a Capacity Building Programme for Public Administration to Support the Implementation and Carrying Out of Actions for SDGs and Sustainable Development” in Poland. The project aims at improving civil servants’ competencies and strengthening governance frameworks for a holistic cross-sectoral approach to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in line with the OECD Recommendation on PCSD.


UN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP) (2021): Contribution to a Guidance on the use of SDG indicator 17.14.1 on policy coherence for sustainable development






European Environment Agency (EEA) (2020-21): Sustainability measurement and assessment (ongoing).

This project is carried out by PS4SD in collaboration with Pinternational.


UN DESA / Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) (2019-20): Training toolkit on government innovation for vulnerable groups


Central European Initiative (CEI) (2019-20): Contribution of CEI to UN Agenda 2030 and its implementation in CEI Member States





European Parliament (EP) (2018-19): Europe’s approach to implementing the SDGs: Good practices and the way forward. This project was carried out by PS4SD in collaboration with IDDRI and the Earth System Governance Project.






Other past projects were commissioned by among others:

German Development Institute (DIE): How are we getting ready? The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the EU and its Member States: analysis and action so far.

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS): Transgovernance: The Quest for Governance of Sustainable Development.



Projects PS4SD

OECD (2021): Governance of high-level priorities

This project is about developing proposals on how to ensure that stronger governance underpins the delivery of high-level priorities in a context of increasingly complex public governance challenges exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

EEA (2020-21): Sustainability measurement and assessment

European Environment Agency (EEA) (2020-21): Sustainability measurement and assessment (completed). A follow-up project under a framework contract with EEA is ongoing. This project is carried out by PS4SD in collaboration with Pinternational.

Contribution of CEI to UN Agenda 2030 and its implementation in CEI Member States

In the framework of the 5th anniversary of the adoption of Agenda 2030, the Central European Initiative, a collaboration of 17 countries, launched the report “Contribution of CEI to UN Agenda 2030 and its implementation in CEI Member States”, made by a Public Strategy for Sustainable Development team with Ingeborg Niestroy (lead), Sally Nicholson and Gaetane Charlier, in cooperation with the CEI-Executive Secretariat. […]

UNPOG(2019-20) Training toolkit on government innovation for vulnerable groups

UN DESA / Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) (2019-20): Training toolkit on government innovation for vulnerable groups. Ingeborg Niestroy as lead consultant, with a ps4sd team consisting of Andreas Versmann, Francesca Valentini and Luis Carretero, has developed a one-week training course for UN DESA on Government Innovation for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups. The project was commissioned by the UN Project office for governance [...]

Study “Europe’s approach to implementing the SDGs: Good practices and the way forward” (2019)

The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development offers a unique framework for transformative pathways towards sustainability worldwide. The 2030 Agenda also requires a paradigm shift in governance, – at and between all levels. This study examines the governance frameworks put in place for SDG implementation in all EU Member States, and the resulting country fiches constitute the first comprehensive comparative overview [...]

Presentation study on implementing the SDGs for European Parliament

On Thursday 7 February, Ingeborg Niestroy (PS4SD) and Elisabeth Hege (IDDRI) co-presented the new study “Europe’s approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Good practices and the way forward”, at a public hearing organised in Brussels by the European Parliament. Other speakers included 1st Vice-President Frans Timmermans of the European Commission and Jeffry Sachs, founder of SDSN.  The study, commissioned by [...]

Results Peer Review of SDS Hessen (2018)

As a member of the Peer Review team of the Sustainable Development Strategy of the German region of Hessen, Ingeborg and colleagues presented their final results to the Hessian Minister of the Environment Priska Hinz. In a joint conversation, they explained the central content of their review. Minister Hinz thanked the experts for their neutral assessment, their words of praise [...]

Peer Review of the Sustainability Strategy of Hesse (2018)

Update: Read a short interview with Ingeborg on the Hesse SD peer review. Ingeborg was appointed to the group of “peers” for the peer review of the Sustainability Strategy of Hesse. Among the subnational SD strategies it is the first German Bundesland that conducts such an external peer review, on the occasion – in 2018 – of the 10th anniversary of [...]

Expert for the EESC opinion on SDG mapping

Ingeborg was expert for the opinion of the Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) of the EU’s Economic and Social Committee (EESC), “Sustainable Development: A Mapping of the EU’s internal and external policies (NAT/693)“, adopted in September 2016.

Multi-Stakeholder Platform for SDG implementation of the European Commission

On the basis of the European Commission’s Communication of November 2016 on Agenda 2030, the Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) was set up and took up its work in December 2017. SDG Watch Europe was appointed to the MSP, with Leida Rijnhout as member of the platform itself and Ingeborg as member of the Management Committee. The MSP is currently working on [...]

SDG Watch Europe

Since 2016, Ingeborg has been engaged as volunteer in SDG Watch Europe, the EU-level, cross-sectoral alliance of NGOs from development, environment, social human rights and other ‘sectors’. She is facilitator of Strand 2 MONITORING , ACCOUNTABILITY, & REVIEW OF EUROPEAN SDG IMPLEMENTATION ACROSS ALL SECTORS, and member of the Steering Group. She co-produced the position paper on the Eurostat SDG [...]

SDG implementation in 6 Western Balkan countries

Ingeborg was researcher in a study conducted end of 2017 by the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), commissioned by UNDP and UNECE, on SDG implementation in six Western Balkan countries. The study was originally meant as background paper to a planned regional workshop, as preparation for the UNECE regional prep com to the HLPF 2018, and will now [...]

European Parliament:  improving governance for the SDGs

In this study (2017-18), Ingeborg is exploring options for improving the internal governance of the European Parliament, in order to being better able to dealing with the SDGs and to better fulfilling its watchdog role. To these ends, she also interviewed quite a number of Members of the EP from the entire party spectrum.  

Lecturing in Lille (2017-18)

[Oct 2017] Ingeborg teaches a master course on EU food policy at the Catholic University of Lille, starting in October 2017. A number of “Food Controversies” are discussed with guest lecturers from NGOs and EU institutions.

Policy Coordinator for ECOLISE

In 2017, Ingeborg worked part-time as policy coordinator for ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability. She worked on a policy strategy, established and deepened links and partnerships in Brussels, and co-organised the European Day of Sustainable Communities and the related conference in Brussels on 22 September 2017, in collaboration with the EESC.

SDGs and RIA in Georgia (July-Nov 2017)

[July 2017] Ingeborg Niestroy has worked at a project of the GIZ in Georgia on integrating Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals in Regulatory Impact Assessment. She conducted workshops for public servants and academia, and contributed to methodology development.

SDG conference co-hosted by the Dutch Presidency, SDSN and EESC

Ingeborg helped conceptualising and organising the high-level conference “How to make SDGs Europe’s Business – A Multi-Stakeholder Approach” on 30/31 May 2016, – the first major event in Brussels after the adoption of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs in September 2015. It was co-organised by the Dutch EU Presidency, the Sustainable Solutions Network (SDSN) and the EESC, and moderated by [...]

The TransGov project at IASS, Potsdam, Germany

In December 2009, the opening workshop of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam founded by prof. dr. Klaus Toepfer, concluded that sustainability governance would be the first theme to work on. Several months later, the project started and 4 post-doc fellows were found. Together with them and the TransGov Steering Group (Klaus Toepfer, Louis Meuleman (project director), Roel [...]

Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future (2013)

Ingeborg co-authored a study with lessons to be learned from the sustainable development strategies of Finland, Bhutan, Tasmania, Cost Rica and Ghana, published by the Bertelsmann Foundation: ‘Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future’ For this project, she traveled around the world to visit four nominees of the 2013 Reinhard Mohn Prize for the best national or regional strategies and approaches [...]

Revision of the national environment strategy of the Kingdom of Bhutan (2013/14)

On 24 December 2013, a kick-off meeting took place of the new Taskforce (picture) which will be responsible for the revision of the 1998 National Environment Strategy (NES), ‘The Middle Path’, of Bhutan. This strategy has guided Bhutan’s development paradigm since 1998 with regard to environmental safeguards and development. More recently, Gross national Happiness principles along with the adoption of [...]