Janosch Pfeffer is a PhD researcher and member of the research group Governance, Participation, and Sustainability at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2021. He is an affiliate scholar at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS Potsdam), and associate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance in Canberra.
His research interests lie at the intersection of deliberative democracy, democratic innovations, social norms, and climate and environmental governance. In his current research projects, Janosch is concerned with the question whether, or under which conditions, deliberative mini-publics, such as citizens’ assemblies, can enable more ambitious climate action at the national level, while limiting risks of policy backlashes and societal polarization.
Since 2022: Affiliate Scholar at the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS Potsdam)
Since 2022: Co-Lead of a Knowledge Development Project of the Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies (KNOCA)
2021/2022: Public relations for the Berlin Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change commissioned by the Senate for Environment, Mobility, Consumer and Climate Protection
Since 2021: PhD researcher at the Institute for Sustainability Governance, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Since 2021: Coordinator of the politics division at Klima-Mitbestimmung JETZT
Since 2021: Associate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, Canberra
2019-2021: MSc Sustainable Development, Earth System Governance, Utrecht University (highest distinction)
2017: Intern at the United Nations Division of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
2016-2019: Student Assistant at the Methods of the Social Sciences Department, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
2015-2019: BA Political Science and Economics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (highest distinction)
Pfeffer, J., Wehden, S., & Klingenhage, B. (2021). Mut machen statt zumuten: Über die Rolle von Bürger*innenräten in der Entscheidungsdekade der Großen Transformation. Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen Plus, 34(3) [free open access content].