Associate Professor of Political Science, Head of the master Food Politics and Sustainable Development


Associate Professor of Political Science, Head of the master Food Politics and Sustainable Development
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Sabine Weiland is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Catholic University of Lille, affiliated with the European School of Political and Social Sciences (ESPOL). She is the Head of the MA Food Politics and Sustainable Development. From 2018 to 2023, she was the Director of the ESPOL-Lab Research Centre for European and International Politics.

Sabine holds a PhD in social sciences from the University of Göttingen, Germany. She participated in various German, European and international research projects in the field of environmental and sustainability governance, policy assessment, and science-policy interface. Before her appointment at the Catholic University of Lille, she was working at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Freie Universität Berlin, Catholic University Louvain, and IDDRI/Sciences-Po Paris.

Sabine is currently working on her habilitation project on ‘Reflexive governance for the Sustainable Development Goals’. She is also the spokesperson of the Working group ‘Environmental Politics/Global Change’ of the German Association of Political Science (Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft, DVPW). Further, she is involved in the Earth System Governance ‘Taskforce on the Sustainable Development Goals’, where she is the co-convenor of the working group ‘National Policy Integration of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs’.

Languages spoken: English, French, and German



  • Food and Sustainable Development: A project course
  • Global Food politics
  • Food Controversies
  • European Food & Agricultural Policy
  • Environment and Sustainability Policy
  • European Environmental Governance


  • Environmental and sustainability policy and politics
  • Food politics
  • Sustainable development and transformation
  • Reflexive governance
  • Knowledge in policy-making
  • Policy learning


2022 (Bornemann, B./Weiland, S.), Urban food democracy. In: Anna Davies/Ana Moragues Faus/Jill Clark/Jane Battersby (eds.): Routledge Handbook of Urban Food Governance. London: Routledge, pp. 92-104.

2022 (Nilsson, Mans/Vijge, Marjanneke/Lobos Alva, Ivonne/Bornemann, Basil/Hickmann, Thomas/Fernando, Karin/Scobie, Michelle/Weiland, Sabine), Interlinkages, Integration and Coherence. In: Frank Biermann, Thomas Hickmann, and Carol-Ann Sénit (eds.), The Sustainable Development Goals as a Transformative Force? The Global Goals Impact Assessment. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 92-115.

2022 (Weiland, S.), Policy assessment. In: J. Tosun & P.R. Graziano (eds.), Encyclopedia of EU Public Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 276-285.

2021 (Weiland, S./Hickmann, T./Lederer, M./Marquardt, J./Schwindenhammer, S.). The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Transformative change through the Sustainable Development Goals?. Politics and Governance, 9(1), pp 90–95.

2021 (Bornemann, B./Weiland, S.), The UN 2030 Agenda and the quest for policy integration: A Literature review. Politics and Governance, 9(1), pp. 96–107.

2020 (Hickmann, Thomas/Partzsch, Lena/Pattberg, Philipp/Weiland, Sabine), Mehr Engagement der Politikwissenschaft in der Anthropozän-Debatte (More Engagement of Political Science in the Anthropocene Debate), Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 61, pp. 659–670.

2020 (Russel, Duncan/Castellari, Sergio/Capriolo, Alessio/Dessai, Suraje/Hildén, Mikael/Jensen, Anne/Karali, Eleni/Mäkinen, Kirsi/Ørsted Nielsen, Helle/Weiland, Sabine/den Uyl, Roos/Tröltzsch, Jenny (2020), Policy Coordination for National Climate Change Adaptation in Europe: All Process, but Little Power. Sustainability, 12(13).

2019 (Bornemann, Basil/Weiland, Sabine), Editorial: New perspectives on food democracy, Politics and Governance, 7(4), pp. 1–7.

2018 (Feindt Peter H./Weiland, Sabine), Reflexive governance: exploring the concept and assessing its critical potential for sustainable development. Introduction to the special issue, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 20(6), pp. 661–674.

2018 (Hickmann, Thomas/Partzsch, Lena/Pattberg, Philipp/Weiland, Sabine), The Anthropocene Debate. Contributions from a Political Science Perspective. London/New York: Routledge.