Michael Rose

Michael Rose | (c)Brinkhoff-Mögenburg/Leuphana

Michael Rose has been a post-doctoral research associate with the research group on governance, participation and sustainability since December 2018. He holds a Dr. phil. (equivalent to PhD) from the University of Düsseldorf and a diploma (equivalent to master’s degree) from the University of Bamberg, both in Political Science.

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Before joining the research group at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, he worked as a researcher and scientific coordinator of the Center for Transformation Research and Sustainability at the University of Wuppertal. Adopting a broad political science perspective, Michael’s research focusses on the political aspects of sustainable development. The question of how the interests of future generations can be institutionally considered in present-day democracy both in theory and in practice has driven his PhD-research on proxy representation. His general interest in sustainability governance was triggered by an internship at the Protestant Institute of Interdisciplinary Research Heidelberg and is reflected in his diploma thesis on the politics of sustainability indicators at the German Land level, lectureships on the politics of sustainability, transdisciplinary project work on well-being transformation and real-world laboratories in Wuppertal, and his current position at Leuphana, where he is doing comparative research on formal sustainability institutions and their impact.

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Since 2018: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Research Group Governance, Participation and Sustainability, Institute of Sustainability Governance (INSUGO), Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University Lüneburg

2015 – 2018: Research Associate, Center for Transformation Research and Sustainability (TransZent), University of Wuppertal

  • 2016 – 2018: Scientific Coordinator, TransZent head office
  • 2015 – 2018: Researcher, BMBF research project “Well-Being Transformation Wuppertal (WTW) – an Urban Transition Laboratory for Sustainable Economics”

2016 – 2017: Lecturer, Chair of Political Science II, Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf

2012 – 2015: Doctoral Research Fellow (scholarship), interdisciplinary post graduate programme “Linkage in Democracy” (LinkDe), Institute of Social Sciences, Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, Dr. phil. (equivalent to PhD in political science, 12/2016)

2009: Intern, research area Peace and Sustainable Development, Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (FEST), Heidelberg

2005 – 2012: Student of Political Science, including Public Administration, International Relations, and Philosophy, Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg, Dipl.-Pol. Univ. (equivalent to master’s degree in political science, 02/2012)



Mathis, O. L., Rose, M., Newig, J., & Bauer, S. (2022). Toward the sustainability state? Conceptualizing national sustainability institutions and their impact on policy-making. Environmental Policy and Governance, 1– 12 [free open access content].


Hilger, Annaliesa, Rose, Michael, & Keil, Andreas (2021). Beyond practitioner and researcher: 15 roles adopted by actors in transdisciplinary and transformative research processes. Sustainability Science 16(6), 2049-2068 [open access content].

Rose, Michael (2021). Proxy-Repräsentation: Die institutionelle politische Repräsentation der Stimmlosen am Beispiel zukünftiger Generationen. In: Neubauer, Marvin; Stange, Max; Resske, Charlott; Doktor, Frederik (Hrsg.): Im Namen des Volkes: Zur Kritik politischer Repräsentation. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, S. 275-302, ISBN: 978-3-16-158219- 6.

Rose, Michael, & Schleicher, Katharina (2021). Transformative Indikatoren: Zielorientierung und Wirkungsabschätzung in Reallaboren. In: Gemeinhardt, Alexander; Lehmann, Karen (Hrsg.): Wege transformativer Forschung: Zielorientierung und Indikatoren. Darmstadt: Schader-Stiftung, S. 53-63 [open access content].


Rose, Michael, & Hoffmann, Jonathan M. (2020). Seven Building Blocks for an Intergenerationally Just Democracy. FREG Position Paper. Stuttgart: Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations [open access content].

Rose, Michael, & Maibaum, Katrin (2020). Meeting the challenge of (co)designing real-world laboratories: Insights from the Well-Being Transformation Wuppertal project. GAIA, 29(3), 154-160 [open access content].

Newig, Jens, & Rose, Michael (2020). Cumulating evidence in environmental governance, policy and planning research: towards a research reform agenda. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 22(5), 667-681 [open access content].


Rose, Michael (2019). Non-identity – So what? A political scientist’s perspective on a curious but somehow arbitrary problem. Intergenerational Justice Review, 5(2), 54-55 [free open access content].

Rose, Michael; & Hoffmann, Jonathan M. (2019). Editorial. Issue topic: ‘The scope of the non-identity problem’. Intergenerational Justice Review, 5(2), 47 [free open access content].

Rose, Michael; Wanner, Matthias; Hilger, Annaliesa (2019): Das Reallabor als Forschungsprozess und Infrastruktur für nachhaltige Entwicklung: Konzepte, Herausforderungen und Empfehlungen. 2. aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage. Wupperal Paper 196. Wuppertal: Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH [open access content, 38 pages].

Rose, Michael (2019): All-Affected, Non-Identity and the Political Representation of Future Generations – Linking Intergenerational Justice with Democracy, in: Thomas Cottier, Shaheeza Lalani & Clarence Siziba (eds.): Intergenerational Equity: Environmental and Cultural Concerns. Leiden, Boston: Brill Nijhoff, pp. 32-51, ISBN: 978-90-04-38800-0.


Rose, Michael; Wanner, Matthias; Hilger, Annaliesa (2018): Das Reallabor als Forschungsprozess und -infrastruktur für nachhaltige Entwicklung: Konzepte, Herausforderungen und Empfehlungen. 1. Auflage. NaWiKo Synthese Working Paper No. 1 [open access content, 36 pages].

Hilger, Annaliesa; Rose, Michael; Wanner, Matthias (2018): Changing Faces – Factors Influencing the Roles of Researchers in Real-World Laboratories. In: GAiA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 27(1), pp. 138-145, doi: 10.14512/gaia.27.1.9 [open access content].

Wanner, Matthias; Hilger, Annaliesa; Westerkowski, Janina; Rose, Michael; Stelzer, Franziska; Schäpke, Niko (2018): Towards a Cyclical Concept of Real-World Laboratories: A Transdisciplinary Research Practice for Sustainability Transitions. In: disP – The Planning Review 54(2), pp. 94-114, doi: 10.1080/02513625.2018.1487651.

Rose, Michael (2018 [2017]): Zukünftige Generationen in der heutigen Demokratie – Theorie und Praxis der Proxy-Repräsentation. Wiesbaden: Springer VS (582 pages), ISBN: 978-3-658-18846-7. Reviewed in Intergenerational Justice Review 1/2018, pp. 51-53, doi: 10.24357/igjr.12.1.648.


Rose, Michael; Schleicher, Katharina; Maibaum, Katrin (2017): Transforming Well-Being in Wuppertal: Conditions and Constraints. In: Sustainability 9(12), 2375 (27 pages), doi: 10.3390/su9122375 [open access content].

Rose, Michael; Schleicher, Katharina (2017): Was tragen die Wuppertaler Reallabore zur Wohlstandstransformation bei? Ein Leitfaden für einfache Wirkungsabschätzungen in transdisziplinären Projekten. Wuppertal: Zentrum für Transformationsforschung und Nachhaltigkeit (TransZent) [open access online brochure, 13 pages].


Rose, Michael (2016): Constitutions, Democratic Self-Determination and the Institutional Empowerment of Future Generations – Mitigating an Aporia. In: Intergenerational Justice Review 9(2), pp. 56-71, doi: 10.24357/igjr.2.2.715 [open access content, winning article (3rd rank) Intergenerational Justice Prize 2015/16].