PD Dr. Helmut Weidner

Former Staff Member of the Research Department

Research fields

Comparative environmental policy analysis | Environmental policy in Japan | Politicization of international organisations | Climate change policy and global/national fairness


Since 1978, Helmut Weidner worked as a political scientist at the WZB; first at the International Institute for Environment and Society (Director: Professor Meinolf Dierkes), later in the research units ‘Norm Setting and Environment’, ‘Civil Society and Transnational Networks’ (Director: Professor Wolfgang van den Daele) and up to his retirement in the research unit ‘Transnational Conflicts and International Organisations’ (Director: Professor Michael Zürn). His main research topics were Implementation Research, Alternative Conflict Resolution and (international) Comparative Analysis of Environmental and Climate Change Policy. More recently, he dealt mainly with issues of equity, global justice and redistributional problems in climate change policy. From winter term 2013/14 on he will be affiliated with the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the Free University Berlin.

Selected Publications

Weidner, Helmut (2010): "Politisierung der Weltbank am Beispiel des Bergbausektors". In: Journal für Entwicklungspolitik - JEP, Jg. 26, H. 2, S. 85-111.
Weidner, Helmut/Mez, Lutz (2008): "German Climate Change Policy. A Success Story with Some Flaws". In: The Journal of Environment & Development, Vol. 17, No. 4, S. 356-378.

Helmut Weidner, Martin Jänicke in collaboration of Helge Jörgens (eds.), 2002: Capacity Building in National Environmental Policy. A Comparative Study of 17 Countries. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer, 448.

Helmut Weidner, 2002: “Capacity Building for Ecological Modernization: Lessons From Cross-National Research”. In: David A. Sonnenfeld/Arthur P. J. Mol (eds.), Globalization, Governance, and the Environment, Special Issue: American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 45, No. 9, May 2002, 1340-1368.

Helmut Weidner (ed.), 1998: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Environmental Conflicts – Experiences in 12 Countries, Berlin: edition sigma, 465.