Nicolas Jager

Jager, Nicolas

I am a political scientist working in an interdisciplinary research environment on issues of environmental governance, water resource management and public participation. I studied at the University of Trier (DE) and Lund University (SE), hold a Magister Artium degree in Political Science (with a minor in Sociology and Media and Communication Studies) and a PhD in Political Science from Leuphana University (DE).

As a postdoctoral researcher in the project Leverage Points and team member of the research group on Governance, Participation, and Sustainable Development, my work focuses on the societal and spatial organization and institutional change in sustainability policies. I am particularly interested in the way the configuration of governance structures, i.e. their integration vs. fragmentation, impact on the performance of the wider political regime, as well as the role of failure and decline in fostering institutional change.

In the context of the ERC-funded research project EDGE, I am concerned with the the opportunities and pitfalls associated with participatory and collaborative environmental governance. This is examined via mixed-methods design, comprising a comprehensive large-N case survey meta analysis, as well as small-n comparative and quasi-experimental case studies in the contexts of the EC Water Framework Directive and the EU Floods Directive.

I am interested in the multi-level nature of environmental governance, involving multiple concurring environmental and social scales. As member of GoScaLE, I examine the role that governance scales play in the (participatory) implementation of (environmental) regulatory policies in complex and nested multi-level systems. A particular focus of my work lies on those situations where environmental resources span over state or national boundaries.

Beyond my thematic focus, I have a strong interest in social science research methods, both qualitative and qualitative, as well as mixtures of these. Methods I use include, among others, (case survey) meta-analyses, statistical modeling, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), expert interviews and experimental approaches.

 

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Publications

2017

Newig, J., Challies, E., Jager, N. W., Kochskämper, E., & Adzersen, A. (2017 – in press). The Environmental Performance of Participatory and Collaborative Governance: A Framework of Causal Mechanisms. Policy Studies Journal [Free Open Access Content].

Kochskämper, E., Challies, E., Jager, N. W., & Newig, J. (2017 – in press). Participation for Effective Environmental Governance: Evidence from European Water Framework Directive Implementation. London [u.a.]: Routledge.

Newig, J., Kochskämper, E., Challies, E., & Jager, N. W. (2017 – in press). Researching participation in environmental governance through the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive. In E. Kochskämper, E. Challies, N. W. Jager, & J. Newig (Eds.), Participation for Effective Environmental Governance: Evidence from European Water Framework Directive Implementation. London [u.a.]: Routledge.

Newig, J., Challies, E., Jager, N. W., & Kochskämper, E. (2017 – in press). Concepts: How participation leads to effective environmental governance. In E. Kochskämper, E. Challies, N. W. Jager, & J. Newig (Eds.), Participation for Effective Environmental Governance: Evidence from European Water Framework Directive Implementation. London [u.a.]: Routledge.

Jager, N. W., Kochskämper, E., Challies, E., & Newig, J. (2017 – in press). Paired case research design and mixed-methods approach. In E. Kochskämper, E. Challies, N. W. Jager, & J. Newig (Eds.), Participation for Effective Environmental Governance: Evidence from European Water Framework Directive Implementation. London [u.a.]: Routledge.

Kochskämper, E., Jager, N. W., Newig, J., & Challies, E. (2017 – in press). Impact of participation on sustainable water management planning: Comparative analysis of eight cases. In E. Kochskämper, E. Challies, N. W. Jager, & J. Newig (Eds.), Participation for Effective Environmental Governance: Evidence from European Water Framework Directive Implementation. London [u.a.]: Routledge.

Kochskämper, E., Jager, N. W., Newig, J., & Challies, E. (2017 – in press). Participation and Effective Environmental Governance: Causal mechanisms, and beyond. In E. Kochskämper, E. Challies, N. W. Jager, & J. Newig (Eds.), Participation for Effective Environmental Governance: Evidence from European Water Framework Directive Implementation. London [u.a.]: Routledge.

Challies, E., Newig, J., Kochskämper, E., & Jager, N. W. (2017). Governance change and governance learning in Europe: stakeholder participation in environmental policy implementation. Policy and Society: 1-16.

2016

Newig, J., Schulz, D., & Jager, N. (2016). Disentangling Puzzles of Spatial Scales and Participation in Environmental Governance – The Case of Governance Re-scaling Through the European Water Framework Directive. Environmental Management 58(6): 998-1014. [Free Open Access Content]

Jager, N.W. (2016). Transboundary Cooperation in European Water Governance – A set-theoretic analysis of International River BasinsEnvironmental Policy and Governance26, 278291.

Kochskämper, E., Challies, E., Newig, J., & Jager, N. W. (2016). Participation for effective environmental governance? Evidence from Water Framework Directive implementation in Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Journal of Environmental Management 181: 737-748.

Abson, D. J., Fischer, J., Leventon, J., Newig, J., Schomerus, T., Vilsmaier, U., von Wehrden, H., Abernethy, P., Ives, C. D., Jager, N. W., & Lang, D. J. (2016). Leverage points for sustainability transformation. Ambio. [Free Open Access Content].

Jager, N. W., Challies, E., Kochskämper, E., Newig, J., Benson, D. Blackstock, K., Collins, K., Ernst, A., Evers, M., Feichtinger, J., Fritsch, O., Gooch, G., Grund, W., Hedelin, B., Hernández-Mora, N., Hüesker, F., Huitema, D., Irvine, K., Klinke, A., Lange, L., Loupsans, D., Lubell, M., Maganda, C., Matczak, P., Parés, M., Saarikoski, H., Slavíková, L., van der Arend, S., & von Korff, Y. (2016). Transforming European Water Governance? Participation and River Basin Management under the EU Water Framework Directive in 13 Member States. Water, 8 (156).

Newig, J., & Jager, N. W. (2016). Partizipation und Nachhaltigkeit. Chancen und Risiken zivilgesellschaftlicher Beteiligung. Rostock, Universität Rostock.

Newig, J., Kochskämper, E., Challies, E., & Jager, N. W. (2016). Exploring governance learning: How policymakers draw on evidence, experience and intuition in designing participatory flood risk planning. Environmental Science & Policy, 55, 353-360. [Free Open Access Content]

2015

Velten, S., Leventon, J., Jager, N., & Newig, J. (2015). What Is Sustainable Agriculture? A Systematic Review. Sustainability 7, 7833–7865. [Free Open Access Content]

2014

Newig, J., Challies, E., Jager, N. W., & Kochskämper, E. (2014). What Role for Public Participation in Implementing the EU Floods Directive?: A comparison with the Water Framework Directive, early evidence from Germany, and a research agenda. Environmental Policy and Governance, 24(4), 275–288.

Newig, J., Challies, E., Jager, N. W., & Kochskämper, E. (2014). Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung und EU Hochwasserrisikomanagement-Richtlinie. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, 58(6), 339-340.

2013

Newig, J., Adzersen, A., Challies, E., Fritsch, O., & Jager, N. W. (2013). Comparative analysis of public environmental decision-making processes: A variable-based analytical scheme. 65 S. (INFU Discussion Paper; Nr. 37). Lüneburg: Institut für Umweltkommunikation der Universität Lüneburg.

2012

Newig, J., Jager, N. W., & Challies, E. (2012). Führt Bürgerbeteiligung in umweltpolitischen Entscheidungsprozessen zu mehr Effektivität und Legitimität?. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 22(4), 527-564.

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