Dr. Ines Dombrowsky

Photo: Dr. Ines Dombrowsky,Head of Research programme: Environmental Governance

Research programme: Environmental Governance

Function: Head of Programme

Specialization: Institutional economics

Work areas:

  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Multilevel environmental governance
  • Integrated water resources management / transformation of water governance
  • Transboundary water management
  • Water-energy-food-climate nexus
  • Integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda


since 1/2018 German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(bis 06/2022 Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
Head of Research Programme "Environmental Governance and Transformation to Sustainability"
2010-12/2017 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Head of Department „Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management“
2005-2010 Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig
Department of Economics
senior scientist
2001-2005 Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig
Department of Economics
PhD student
1997-2001 The World Bank, Urban and Water, Africa Region, Washington DC
Water Resources Management Specialist
Member of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) team
1995-1997 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Eschborn
Member of project management team for the Middle East Regional Study on Water Supply and Demand Development within the Middle East Peace Process
2001-2006 Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Economics (PhD)
2000 School of Advanced Inter­national Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC
International Relations
1988-1995 Technische Universität Berlin
Environmental Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.)

Member of

  • International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE)
  • International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)
  • Netzwerk Neue Institutionenökonomik und Natürliche Ressourcen (NIÖ)


  • World Bank Performance Award ‘for building trust and confidence of the Nile Basin countries and laying the basis for a shared vision and investment program’ (2000)

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces