Katharina Hölscher

Katherina Hölscher


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Katharina’s passion revolves around unraveling and studying questions on how societal change towards a sustainable and resilient society can be realized and translating her insights into policy practice. Her academic background encompasses Environmental Governance (MSc; Utrecht University) and European Studies (BA; University of Passau and University of St. Petersburg), including the study of political systems, governance arrangements, policy analysis and cultural studies.


She has joined DRIFT in February 2014 as a PhD researcher to explore actors, processes and capacities involved in transformative climate governance in cities. Katharina is involved in a variety of research projects on climate governance, transition management and transformation research.


Selected Publications

Books and book chapters

  • Hölscher, K., Roorda, C. and Nevens, F. (2016). Ghent: Fostering a Climate for Transition. In: Loorbach, D., Wittmayer, J.M., Shiroyama, H., Fujino, J. and Mizuguchi, S. (eds.). Governance of urban sustainability transitions. European and Asian experiences. Springer: Tokyo, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London: 91-112.
  • Barbato, M., S. Marfeld, K. Hölscher (eds.) (in press), Postsäkulare Weltpolitik, Passau: Stutz.
  • Hölscher, K. (in press), Anwendungsmöglichkeiten religiöser Semantik im globalen Diskurs: Schöpfer und Schöpfung, in: M. Barbato, S. Marfeld, K. Hölscher (eds.), Postsäkulare Weltpolitik, Passau: Stutz.


Working papers

  • Wittmayer, J.M., and K. Hölscher (2016). Transformation research: goals, contents, methods. Workshop report.
  • Frantzeskaki, N., Hölscher, K., Proka, A., Bosman, R., Avelino, F., Beers, PJ (2015). Signposts for future transformative research at the International Sustainability Transitions Conference 2015. Conference brief, DRIFT.
  • Frantzeskaki, N., Hölscher, K., Loorbach, D., Burch, S., and H. Schroeder (2015). Searching for transformations in ‘Our Common Future Under Climate Change’. Conference brief, DRIFT.
  • Wittmayer, J., Hölscher, K., Frantzeskaki, N., Loorbach, D., Shiroyama, H., Ohta, K., Beers, PJ, Bos, B., Cuppen, E., Grin, J., Hotta, S., Kajiki, S., Matsuura, M., Mizuguchi, S., Mori, A., Raven, R., Yamaguchi, Y., Yarime, M. (2014). Studying sustainability transitions in welfare states. A research agenda for Japan and the Netherlands, DRIFT Working Paper, Rotterdam.


Conference papers

  • Hölscher, K., N. Frantzeskaki, D. Loorbach (2015), Orchestrating Adaptation, Mitigation and Transformation in Urban Areas. Agency’s Capacities for Climate Governance in Rotterdam, 6th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference, 25-28 August 2015, Brighton, UK.
  • Hölscher, K. (2015), Transition Management zur CO2-Reduktion in Städten – Erfahrungen aus dem MUSIC-Projekt, Workshop Transition Management and Regional Governance – Ein neuer Ansatz zur Gestaltung des demografischen Wandels für regionale Akteure?, 25-26 Juni 2015, Osnabrück, Germany.
  • Hölscher, K., N. Frantzeskaki, G. Silvestri, J. Jäger (2015), Lessons learnt and ways forward in designing and analysing participatory processes for transformative climate governance, European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) Conference, 11-15 May 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Frantzeskaki, N., K. Hölscher, J. Jäger, D. Tabara, I. Holman (2015), Linking transformative visions, pathways and solutions to high-end climate change. A systems approach, European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) Conference, 11-15 May 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Hölscher, K., Frantzeskaki, N., and Loorbach, D., (2014), Navigating through uncertainty and complexity: A framework of steering capacities to manage resilience, IST 2014, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Hölscher, K., Frantzeskaki, N., and Loorbach, D., (2014), Two sides of the same coin? Exploring resilience and transitions thinking for climate change governance, Deltas in times of climate change conference II, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Hölscher, K., Wittmayer, J., Avelino, F., Giezen, M., (2014), Exploring (Dis-)Empowerment in Transition Management. The case of urban transition management, Japanese-Dutch seminar ‘Studying sustainability transitions in welfare states’, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Frantzeskaki, N., Bach, M., Hölscher, K. and Wittmayer, J.,(2014), Applications of transition management: Taking stock of 13 years of Transition Management and lessons for future research, IST 2014, Utrecht, the Netherlands.



  • Franzeskaki, N., Hölscher, K., Jäger, J., Holman, I., Tàbara, J.D., Pedde, S., Kok, K. and Silvestri, G. (2015). Advanced Transition Management Methodology. EU FP7 IMPRESSIONS Project Deliverable D4.1.
  • Frantzeskaki, N., M. Bach, K. Hölscher, F. Avelino (eds.) (2015), Urban Transition Management. A reader on the theory and application of transition management in cities, DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam with the SUSTAIN Project (, Creative Commons.
  • Hölscher, K. (2013), Seeds of change? Evaluating the transition arena for urban climate governance in Ghent and Ludwigsburg, Master thesis, Utrecht University.