Pim Derwort

Derwort, Pim

Pim Derwort has been a PhD student at Leuphana University since October 2015 and is a member of the project Leverage Points for Sustainability.

As part of the RESTRUCTURE working-group, Pim is focusing on the institutional dynamics in sustainability transformation from a policy and governance perspective. Over the course of this PhD, his focus will specifically be on processes of institutional change in energy systems.


2015: Internship at the Scientific Council for Government Policy in The Hague, Netherlands

2013-2015: Master of Science in Sustainable Development at Uppsala University, Sweden

2010: Volunteering at Action for Sustainability Manchester, UK

2009-2010: Master of Arts in Development Studies at Manchester University, UK.

2008: Internship at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus

2006 – 2009: Bachelor of Arts in European Studies at Maastricht University, Netherlands.



Derwort, P., Jager, N. and Newig, J. (2022). How to Explain Major Policy Change Towards Sustainability? Bringing Together the Multiple Streams Framework and the Multilevel Perspective on Socio-Technical Transitions to Explore the German “Energiewende”. Policy Stud J, 50: 671-699 [free open access content].


Dorninger, C., Abson, D. J., Apetrei, C. I., Derwort, P., Ives, C. D., Klaniecki, K., Lam, D. P., Langsenlehner, M., Riechers, M., Spittler, N. & von Wehrden, H. (2020). Leverage points for sustainability transformation: a review on interventions in food and energy systems. Ecological Economics, 171, 106570.


Derwort, P., Jager, N., & Newig, J. (2019). Towards productive functions? A systematic review of institutional failure, its causes and consequences. Policy Sciences, 52(2), 281–298 [free open access content].

Fam, D., Clarke, E., Freeth, R., Derwort, P., Klaniecki, K., Kater‐Wettstädt, L., Juarez‐Bourke, S., Hilser, S., Peukert, D., Meyer, E. & Horcea‐Milcu, A. (2019). Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and practice: Balancing expectations of the ‘old’ academy with the future model of universities as ‘problem solvers’. Higher Education Quarterly, 74(1), 19–34 [free open access content].

Newig, J., Derwort, P., & Jager, N. W. (2019). Sustainability through institutional failure and decline? Archetypes of productive pathways. Ecology and Society, 24(1), 18 [free open access content].