Thomas Hickmann is Co-Chair of the 2020 SDG Research Symposium. He joined the GLOBALGOALS Team and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University as a post-doctoral researcher in July 2019. His research is mainly concerned with the question of how societies can adequately deal with common pool resources, i.e. which institutions (broadly understood as organizations, regimes, and norms) need to be in place in order to overcome collective action problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, or land degradation, in order to promote the goal of global sustainability and peace. In particular, he analyzes (i) the interplay of international institutions and non-governmental organizations, (ii) the impact of new governance arrangements on public-administrative systems in the global South, and (iii) the role and function of sub-national and non-state actors in climate and sustainability governance. Prior to his current position, he worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam in Germany, where he taught B.A. and M.A. classes in Global (Sustainability) Politics and codirected the research project Carbon Governance Arrangements and the Nation-State: The Reconfiguration of Public Authority in Developing Countries.