Prof. Dr. Helmut Breitmeier Principial Investigator
Prof. Dr. Helmut Breitmeier is Professor for International Relations at the Department of Political Science at Justus Liebig University Giessen. He graduated at University of Tübingen in 1990 and earned his PhD in 1996. He is a reviewer for several academic journals such as the Journal of Environment and Development, the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the European Journal of International Relations and has published plenty of academic writings himself as well. He further functions as the deputy chairman of the executive board of the Development and Peace Foundation (sef). The substantial emphasis of his research is global governance with a special focus on international environmental and climate politics, forms of governance in world nutrition politics and the role of religion in world politics.
Dr. Sandra Schwindenhammer Principial Investigator
Dr. Sandra Schwindenhammer is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at Justus Liebig University Giessen. She graduated at Technische Universität Darmstadt (2011) and held an Interim Professorship of International Politics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2015-2016). She is a founding member of the ECPR Research Network “Food Policy and Governance” and acts as the Official Representative of Justus Liebig University Giessen at ECPR. Her areas of expertise include international norms, norm contestation, norm entrepreneurship, food- and agricultural politics, new forms of transnational governance, and the legitimacy and effectiveness of public and private organizations.
Andrés Checa completed his Bachelor degree in Political Science, Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at Goethe University Frankfurt and his Master degree in Political Science at Justus Liebig University Giessen. In 2016 he worked as an intern for the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (HSFK), the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the city administration in Quito, Ecuador.
After working in the field of public administration, Jacob Manderbach studied Social Sciences (B.A.) as well as Political Sciences (M.A.) at Justus Liebig University Giessen. During his studies, he worked as a student assistant at the chair of International Relations and at the chair of International Integration. He was a scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.
Magdalena Tanzer studied Social Sciences (B.A. and M.A.) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In the course of her Bachelor’s program, Magdalena Tanzer did an internship at ProVeg (formerly VEBU). During her Master study course, she worked as a student assistant at the chair of International Politics at Humboldt Universität and at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
Svetlana Kunkel is currently enrolled in Nutritional Science (B.Sc.) at Justus Liebig University Giessen. Before, she studied Biology at Göttingen University and finished her first undergraduate degree in Pedagogy (B.A.) at the University of Bamberg.