Benjamin Hofmann

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Dr. Benjamin Hofmann

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department Environmental Social Sciences

About Me

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research group (ITD) at Eawag working on topics related to science-policy-practice interfaces. Currently, I am leading interdisciplinary knowledge integration in the project "Evidence-based Transformation in Pesticide Governance" (Trapego). My research focuses on the use of science for sustainable policy and practice, roles of scientists in inter- and transdisciplinary research, and pesticide governance. During my PhD at University of St.Gallen, I analyzed business influence in international ocean governance and was involved in interdisciplinary research on Swiss-EU energy relations.

I have hands-on experience in policymaking and diplomacy from an international organization in sustainable transport and regularly moderate or facilitate workshops and dialogues at the intersection of science, policy, and practice. I am a research fellow of the Earth System Governance Project, a fellow of the tdAcademy, an elected member of the Swiss Young Academy, and a past participant of the Robert Bosch Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership.

I am also a lecturer at University of St.Gallen, where I teach Global Environmental Politics as part of the Master in International Affairs and Governance and Managing Climate Solutions certificate. In addition, I am co-speaker of the project "Innovative teaching formats at the science-society interface" funded by the Swiss Young Academy.

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Sustainable transformation of the Swiss agriculture to internalized negative external effects of pesticide use.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Hofmann, B. (2024) Persuasive innovators for environmental policy: green business influence through technology-based arguing, Environmental Politics, 33(1), 45-69, doi:10.1080/09644016.2023.2178515, Institutional Repository
Hofmann, B.; Ingold, K.; Stamm, C.; Ammann, P.; Eggen, R. I. L.; Finger, R.; Fuhrimann, S.; Lienert, J.; Mark, J.; McCallum, C.; Probst-Hensch, N.; Reber, U.; Tamm, L.; Wiget, M.; Winkler, M. S.; Zachmann, L.; Hoffmann, S. (2023) Barriers to evidence use for sustainability: insights from pesticide policy and practice, Ambio, 52(2), 425-439, doi:10.1007/s13280-022-01790-4, Institutional Repository
Hofmann, B. (2022) Oil pollution and black carbon in the Arctic. Dynamic shipping governance in a rapidly warming region, In: Harris, P. G. (Eds.), Routledge handbook of marine governance and global environmental change, 228-239, doi:10.4324/9781315149745-24, Institutional Repository
Hofmann, B. (2022) Mainstreaming Earth System Governance into the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, Earth System Governance, 12, 100139 (6 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.esg.2022.100139, Institutional Repository
Thaler, P.; Hofmann, B. (2022) The impossible energy trinity: energy security, sustainability, and sovereignty in cross-border electricity systems, Political Geography, 94, 102579 (11 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2021.102579, Institutional Repository
Hofmann, B.; Kolcava, D.; Thaler, P. (2022) The role of Switzerland in European electricity governance. Shaper, follower, or outsider?, In: Hettich, P.; Kachi, A. (Eds.), Swiss energy governance. Political, economic and legal challenges and opportunities in the energy transition, 67-92, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-80787-0_4, Institutional Repository
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Phone: +41 58 765 5948
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: FC F20

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Research Group


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Science, society, sustainability

Inter- and transdisciplinarity

Pesticide governance

Ocean governance

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