Johanna Coenen

Coenen, Johanna

Johanna Coenen is a PhD fellow in the COUPLED project and member of the research group Governance, Participation, and Sustainability at Leuphana University since September 2018. She received a Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a focus on International Relations and Sustainable Development from University College Maastricht and a Master degree in Political Science with a specialisation in Global Environmental Governance from VU University Amsterdam.

Her research focuses on governance institutions for sustainability in globally telecoupled systems, using the case of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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Coenen, J., Newig, J., & Meyfroidt, P. (2022 – in press). Environmental governance of a Belt and Road project in Montenegro – National agency and external influences. Land Use Policy. 


Bager, S., Coenen, J., Nielsen, J.Ø., Trommler, K., & Haberl, H. (2021). Governing Land Use Beyond Borders. COUPLED White Paper. Berlin, Germany: COUPLED. 

Coenen, J., Glass, L.M., Sanderink, L. (2021 – in press). Two degrees and the SDGs: a network analysis of the interlinkages between transnational climate actions and the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability Science. 

Coenen, J., Bager, S., Meyfroidt, P., Newig, J., & Challies, E. (2021). Environmental Governance of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Environmental Policy and Governance, 31(1), 3-17.

Blog posts

The Journal of Cleaner Production tolerates plagiarism (March 2022)

Online visualization tools to communicate research results (April 2021)

Building a green Belt and Road Initiative? First steps on a long road ahead. (August 2020)

Responsible travel in sustainability science: How to overcome our dilemma of studying global connections and the urge to travel less (March 2020)

10 tips for future PhD students: What I have learned in my first year (October 2019)