Prof. Dr. Michael Böcher


Prof. Dr. Michael Böcher

Faculty of Humanities, Social Science & Education
Institute II Political Science
Zschokkestr. 32, 39104 Magdeburg, G40-310
Sprechzeiten: Wednesday 11:30 am - 1:00 pm after previous arrangement via email
  • since 1 Nov 2016: Chair of Political Science & Sustainable Development, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
  • 2015-2016: Postdoc Researcher, Institute of Political Science, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
  • 2008 - 2015: Research Group Leader ”Regional Governance and Integrated Rural Development / Scientific Knowledge Transfer“, Department of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy, University of Göttingen
  • May 2008: Doctoral Degree (‘Dr. forest’), summa cum laude , Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen
  • 2004 - 2007: Research Assistant, Department of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy, University of Göttingen (full time)                                             
  • 2001 - 2004: Research Assistant, Institute of Forest Policy and Nature Conservation, University of Göttingen (part time)
  • 1999 - 2001: Freelance Consultant and Scientific Policy Advisor
  • 1997 - 1999: Parental leave
  • 4/1997: Diploma in Political Science (Dipl.-Politologe) Philipps-University Marburg
  • 10/1991 - 4/1997: Study of Political Science, Public Economics and Media Science, Philipps University Marburg, Germany
Research Focus
  • Sustainability
  • Regional governance
  • Science-policy interface
  • Environmental policy analysis
  • Rural development
Projects and Cooperations


Bio-Ökopoli (Bio-Economy Politics), Scientific Knowledge Transfer


University Göttingen, Fernuniversity Hagen, Federal Agency For The Environment, Federal Agency For Nature Conservation, Austrian Ministry Of Science


2010 - present                   Regional Studies Association (RSA)

2009 - present                   German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband)

2001 - present                   German Political Science Association (DVPW)


2017 - present                    Member of the external jury for the “Environmental Prize of the Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg”

2016 -  present                   Member of the advisory board of the sustainability strategy of the Otto-von-Guericke-University

2011 - present                    Coordinator, IUFRO Division 9.05.07 – “Science-Policy Interactions” (International Union of Forest Research Organizations)

2014 – present                   Member of the Working Group Regional Development in Large-Scale Conservation Areas of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL)

2015 – present                   Member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Forest Policy and Economics” (ISI-Listed)

2010 - present                    Member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Annals of Forest Research” (ISI-listed)

2009 - 2011                         Member of the Advisory Board of the German Political Science Association (DVPW)

                                            Speaker responsible for issues surrounding the new generation of academics

                                            Member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Politische Vierteljahresschrift” (scientific journal of the German Political Science Association)

2008 - 2012                         Member of the Working Group for Competitions of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL)

2007 - present                     Member of the “Standing Committee on Environmental Politics” of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR)

2008-2009                           Speaker of the Section ”Policy Analysis and Administrative Sciences“ of the German Association of Political Science (DVPW)

2006 - 2010                         Speaker “Forum Young State and Administrative Sciences“ (FoJuS) German Association of Political Science


Allgemeine Forst- und Jagdzeitung, Annals of Forest Research, Austrian Climate Research Programme (ACRP), Biodiversity and Conservation, Central European Journal of Public Policy, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, dms der moderne Staat, disP - The Planning Review, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Environment, Development and Sustainability, Environmental Management, Environmental Politics, Environmental Science and Policy, European Countryside, Forest Policy and Economics, Forstarchiv, GAIA German Policy Studies, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Economic & Social Geography, Journal of Environmental Planning & Management, Jubiläumsfonds der Oesterreichischen Nationalbank, Land Use Policy, Natur und Landschaft, Nature & Culture, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, Policy Sciences, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Raumforschung und Raumordnung, Regional Studies, Südosteuropa, Sustainability, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft (ZfVP)


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