Doris Knoblauch joined Ecologic Institute in January 2006 and works as a Senior Fellow and Coordinator for Urban & Spatial Governance. Thematically, she focuses on plastics in the environment, green urban environments, local climate protection as well as evaluations and assessments, sustainability, sustainable development strategies in Germany and Europe, public participation and the analysis of networks and network processes. Her other interests include environmental policy in so-called developing countries as well as environmental policy within development cooperation. Doris Knoblauch works in German and English and has good knowledge of Spanish and French.
Doris Knoblauch focuses on the following research questions: (1) what role does plastic play in the environment, (2) which sources contribute to plastic in the environment, (3) which sinks have an impact on plastic in the environment and how and (4) which solutions could help to reduce plastic in the environment. Furthermore, since 2008 Doris Knoblauch has contributed to Eurostat Monitoring – first for the European Sustainable Development Strategy and now for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
She is part of the following projects:
Plastics in the Environment – scientific coordination & transdisciplinary knowledge network (PlastikNet): This four-year BMBF funded project aims at supporting the political and societal impact of the funded research projects through fostering knowledge exchange among the individual projects, synthesizing overarching project results and supporting knowledge transfer and public outreach. Doris Knoblauch coordinates the project management and activities.
Nature Based Urban Innovation (NATURVATION): Within this four-year EU project funded under Horizon 2020, Doris Knoblauch supports the analysis of nature-based solutions, the role they play on a European and national level and the extent to which they have been implemented.
Monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Europe 2020 Strategy: Doris Knoblauch leads the team at Ecologic Institute monitoring the SDGs and the Europe 2020 Strategy under the coordination of the Institute for Managing Sustainability. Thematically, she is resonsible for SDG 17, partnerships for the goals.
Since 2012, Doris Knoblauch has also worked intensively with cities and municipalities. Thereby, she has not only built up a network of different cities and municipalities as well as relevant actors but also gathered a deep understanding of the functioning and needs of communities. In her work, she appreciates when science can be of practical use for communities and results are directly implemented to solving on-the-ground problems.
Futhermore, Doris Knoblauch is an experienced and passionate moderator. Within the last ten years she has facilitated a variety of different events, including small working groups via larger international project meetings as well as stakeholder events to conferences.
Between 2000 and 2005, Doris Knoblauch studied political science at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) and Heidelberg University (Germany), focusing on comparative policy analysis, regional policy analysis and political theory.
In 2009, Doris Knoblauch supported the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Winnipeg (Canada). Furthermore, during the 2010 and 2011 summer terms, Doris Knoblauch taught a course entitled Policy consultancy in intermediate organizations at the Hochschule Bremen together with Christiane Gerstetter. During the summer of 2012, she taught this course together with Gesa Homann, during the winter term 2015/16 together with Evelyn Lukat and during the winter term 2017/18 together with Dr. Ulf Stein. Doris Knoblauch is member of the INKOTA network e.V..