Robert Lepenies

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

Environmental Politics

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research − UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1406
fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 45 1733


Dr. Robert Lepenies is a research scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research. Recent research interests include: science-policy interfaces, (indicator) politics of the Sustainable Development Goals, ethics of economics, multidimensional poverty, the legitimacy of using behavioral instruments in policy (“nudging”), and questions relating to the role of scientists in society.

BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics, University of Oxford, UK (The Queen's College)
MSc International Political Economy, London School of Economics, UK
Ph.D. Political Science (Governance), Hertie School of Governance Berlin
Global Justice Fellow, Philosophy, Yale University, USA
Max-Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship, European University Institute, Italy

He was the project manager of Global Colleagues, a project that brings together poverty scholars in one-to-one research partnerships.

Current research projects: PEER Research on Sustainable Development Goals: Tackling and managing risks with SDGs (PEER-TRISD).

Reviewer for the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report and the JRC Enlightenment 2.0 report. Member of the IAP Science for Poverty Eradication Committee.


Awards & Affiliations


WIWA Young Scholars Award For Pluralism In Economics

Fulbright Schuman Grant (Yale)

ASK Postdoctoral Award for Social and Political Reform

Jurgen Mulert Award for Mutual Understanding