Schwachula, Anna

Dr. Anna Schwachula

Research programme
Inter- and Transnational Cooperation

Senior Researcher


Work areas

  • Science and development
  • Science policy
  • Global governance
  • Knowledge cooperation with developing countries and rising powers

Responsibilities in education and training

  • MGG Academy


since 6/2018German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(until 6/2022 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
Researcher, Research Programme "Inter- and transnational cooperation"
8/2016 - 6/2018German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Researcher, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Germany, Science Platform Sustainability 2030
9/2015 - 8/2016German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
11/2018Promotion (Dr. rer. pol.), Universität Bremen,
Dissertation: „Sustainable development in science policy-making. A discourse analysis of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s policies for international cooperation in sustainability research
10/2011 - 8/2015Center for Development Research (ZEF)
PhD Candidate / junior researcher,  Department of Political and Cultural Change (ZEFa)
8/2012 - 11/2012Research visit / fieldwork, Peru and Brazil
11/2008 - 06/2012Internationales Büro des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung
Researcher officer
6/2007 - 8/2008Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Regional Coordinator Lateinamerika
1/2007 - 2/2007Heidelberg Center Lateinamerika, Santiago de Chile
4/1999 - 11/2006Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Master in Comparative Literature, English Literature, Sociology
3/2002 - 10/2002Jardín Botánico de Pinar del Río, Cuba
Voluntary work
7/2001 - 6/2002Universidad de Sevilla
Study abroad


AMPUS Award Research for a Sustainable Future (for PhD dissertation)

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces


Phone +49 (0)228 94927-152
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130



Perspectives On


On the dilemma of flying for sustainability
Schwachula, Anna / Okka Lou Mathis / Daniele Malerba / Ramona Hägele (2019)
The Current Column of 27 September 2019