Dr. Stefanie Becker

Postdoctoral Researcher


Working Group


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Stefanie Lyn Becker is a visiting scholar at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Potsdam, a master of science in population and development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a bachelor of arts with a double major in political science and international studies from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include community-based initiatives, sustainability transitions, disasters, and governance issues.

Becker, S. L., and Reusser, D. E. "Disasters as opportunities for social change: Using the multi-level perspective to consider the barriers to disaster-related transitions." International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 18 (2016): 75-88.

Becker, S. L., Franke, F., and Gläsel, A. “Regime pressures and legal forms of community-based sustainability initiatives” Environmental Innovations and Societal Transitions 29 (2018): 5-1

Becker, S. L., and von der Wall, G. “Tracing regime influence on urban community gardening: how resource dependence causes barriers to garden persistence” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 35 (2018): 8-90

Weng, W., Becker, S. L., Luedeke, M. K. B., and Lakes, T. “Landscape matters: insights from the impact of mega-droughts on Colombia's energy transition” Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 36 (2020): 1-16.

Pinker, A., Argüelles, L., Fischer, A., and Becker, S., “Between straitjacket and possibility: Energy initiatives and the politics of regulation” Geoforum (2020) 113 (2020): 14-25.

Becker, Stefanie Lyn. From Regimes to Grassroots Innovations: A Framework for Understanding the Causes of the Barriers to Community-based Initiatives and Their Impacts on Transitions. Diss. University of Potsdam, 2017.