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Dr. Diana Sietz

Dr. Diana Sietz
Senior scientist
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Telegraphenberg A62 / 0.09
Phone: +49 (0)331 288 2454
Email: sietz[at]
Postal Address
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

Research Interests

Socio-ecological systems under global change

Focusing on resilience, vulnerability and adaptation, I am interested in the interactions between natural resources and livelihood strategies in the context of global change. Typical patterns in underlying processes, critical thresholds and catastrophic shifts in socio-ecological systems receive particular attention. I have worked in Latin America and Africa, in particular in Peru, Northeast Brazil and Mozambique, in close collaboration with local communities, ministries, development agencies, international agricultural research centres and UN organisations.

Selected Publications

Reviewer for: Global Environmental Change, Environmental Research Letters, Ecological Economics, Conservation Biology, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Land Use Policy, Climate and Development and other journals.

Editor: Regional Environmental Change Journal (

Key publications:

Sietz, D., Frey, U., Roggero, M., Gong, Y., Magliocca, N., Tan, R., Janssen, P. and Vaclavik, T. (2019) Archetype analysis in sustainability research: Methodological portfolio and analytical frontiers. Special Feature: Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research. Ecology and Society 24(3):34.

Oberlack, C., Sietz, D., Bonanomi, EB., De Bremond, A., Dell'Angelo, J., Eisenack, K., Ellis, E., Epstein, G., Giger, M., Heinimann, A., Kimmich, C., Kok, M., Manuel-Navarrete, D., Messerli, P., Meyfroidt, P., Vaclavik, T. and Villamayor-Tomas, S. (2019) Archetype analysis in sustainability research: Meanings, motivations, and evidence-based policy making. Special Feature: Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research. Ecology and Society 24 (2):26.

Vidal Merino, M., Sietz, D., Jost, F. and Berger, U. (2019) Archetypes of climate vulnerability: A mixed-method approach applied in the Peruvian Andes. Climate and Development 11(5): 418-434.

Sietz, D., Ordoñez, JC., Kok, MTJ., Janssen, P., Hilderink, HBM., Tittonell, P. and Van Dijk, H. (2017) Nested archetypes of vulnerability in African drylands: Where lies potential for sustainable agricultural intensification? Environmental Research Letters 12 (2017) 095006.

Sietz, D., Fleskens, L. and Stringer, LC. (2017) Learning from non-linear ecosystem dynamics is vital for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality. Land Degradation and Development 28: 2308-2314.

Kok, M., Lüdeke, MKB., Lucas, P., Sterzel, T., Walther, C., Janssen, P., Sietz, D. and de Soysa, I. (2016) A new method for analysing socio-ecological patterns of vulnerability. Regional Environmental Change 16(1): 229-243.

Sietz, D. and Van Dijk, H. (2015) Land-based adaptation to global change: What drives soil and water conservation in western Africa? Global Environmental Change 33: 131-141

Sietz, D., Mamani Choque, SE. and Lüdeke, MKB. (2012) Typical patterns of smallholder vulnerability to weather extremes with regard to food security in the Peruvian Altiplano. Regional Environmental Change 12(3): 489-505.



SIM4NEXUS: Sustainable integrated management for the nexus of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe (since 2019, European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme)

SustainCBW: Towards a future sustainable world where climate, biodiversity, natural resources and human well-being are safeguarded (2017-2019, Leibniz-Gemeinschaft)

CASCADE: Catastrophic shifts in drylands (2015-2017, EU FP7)

Connecting micro and macro: Bringing case-studies and model-based approaches together in analysing patterns of vulnerability to global environmental change (2011-2014, NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)

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