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Machteld Simoens

PhD candidate

M.Sc. Environmental Governance


Tennenbacher Str. 4

D - 79106 Freiburg i. Br.

 (+49 761) 203 67 919

Room 04024  (Herder Building, 4th floor)





Machteld Simoens is a research associate and PhD candidate at the J.Prof. of Societal Transition and Circular Economy at the University of Freiburg. Her main research interests are transitions to sustainable patterns of production and consumption. In her PhD research, she focusses on the sustainability transition to a circular economy in the German packaging sector, with a focus on discourse and agency.



Previous Studies

2017 – 2019

M.Sc. Environmental Governance, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg

2013 – 2016 B.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences, Utrecht University
Major: Social Environmental Sciences
Minor: Political and Cultural Geograph



Previous Research Experiences:

full CV

2019: Student assistant at research project on German packaging legislation (research design, data collection, data analysis) at Chair of Societal Transformation and Circular Economy, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.

2018: Student assistant at research project on local gardening and cooking practices (KERNiG) (data collection and analysis) at Chair of Sustainability and Environmental Governance, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.

2013: Student assistant at research project on science-policy interfaces (data collection), Utrecht University.




Winner of the 2020 3MT Competition of the Graduate School for Environment, Society and Global Change (University of Freiburg)



Academic Service

since 2020

Co-organizer of the Network of Early-Career Researchers in Sustainability Transitions (NEST) webinar series.

2020 - 2021

Co-organizer of the 6th NEST Conference


Co-organizer of the STRN Methodology School (with among others Dr. Lea Fünfschilling)