Birner, J., Bornemann, B., and F. Biermann (2024). Policy integration through the Sustainable Development Goals? The case of the German Federal Government. Sustainable Development .

Hickmann, T., Biermann, F.,  Sénit, C., Sun, Y.,  Bexell, M. Bolton, M., Bornemann, B. et al (2024). Scoping article: research frontiers on the governance of the Sustainable Development Goals. Global Sustainability. 7: e7.

Montesano, F. S., Biermann, F., Kalfagianni, A. and M.J. Vijge (2024). Greening labour? The role of the SDGs in fostering sustainability integration within trade unions. Globalizations, 21, no. 1: 141-161.


Biermann, F., Sun, Y., Banik, D., Beisheim, M., Bloomfield, M. J., Charles, A., Chasek, P., Hickmann, T., Pradhan, P. & Sénit, C. A. (2023). Four governance reforms to strengthen the SDGs: A demanding policy vision can accelerate global sustainable development efforts. Science, 381. 1159-1160.

Kim, R.E. (2023)Augment the SDG Indicator FrameworkEnvironmental Science and Policy, 142: 62-67. 

Van Driel, M., Biermann, F., Kim, R.E. and Vijge, M.J. (forthcoming). The UN Regional Commissions as Orchestrators for the Sustainable Development Goals. Submitted to Global Governance A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations on 16-02-2023.  

Van Driel, M., Biermann, F., Vijge, M.J. and R.E. Kim. (2023). How the World Bank engages with the Sustainable Development Goal on reducing inequalities: A case of organizational jiu-jitsu. Global Studies Quarterly, Volume 3, Issue 3, ksad035.


Biermann, F., Hickmann, T., Sénit, CA. et al. (2022) Scientific evidence on the political impact of the Sustainable Development Goals. Nature Sustainability 5, 795–800.

Biermann, F., Hickmann, T., & Sénit, C. (Eds.). (2022). The Political Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming Governance Through Global Goals? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bogers, M., Biermann, F., Kalfagianni, A., Kim, R. E., Treep, J., & De Vos, M. G. (2022). The impact of the Sustainable Development Goals on a network of 276 international organizationsGlobal Environmental Change76, 102567.

van Driel, M.Biermann, F.Kim, R.E. & Vijge, M.J. (2022International organisations as ‘custodians’ of the sustainable development goals? Fragmentation and coordination in sustainability governance. Global Policy001– 14.

Yunita, A., Biermann, F., Kim, R. E., & Vijge, M. J. (2022). The (anti-) politics of policy coherence for sustainable development in the Netherlands: Logic, method, effectsGeoforum128, 92-102.


Sénit, C.-A. and Biermann, F. (2021), In Whose Name Are You Speaking? The Marginalization of the Poor in Global Civil Society. Global Policy.

Montesano, F., Biermann, F., Kalfagianni, A., & Vijge, M. (2021). Can the Sustainable Development Goals Green International Organisations? Sustainability Integration in the International Labour Organisation. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.

de Jong, E., & Vijge, M. J. (2021). From Millennium to Sustainable Development Goals: Evolving discourses and their reflection in policy coherence for developmentEarth System Governance7, 1-12. [100087].

Hickmann, T. (2021): Locating Cities and their Governments in Multi-Level Sustainability Governance. Politics & Governance 9:1, pp. 211-220.

Hickmann, Widerberg, Lederer, and Pattberg (2021): The UNFCCC Secretariat as an Orchestrator in Global Climate Policy-Making. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 87:1, pp. 21-38.

Hickmann, T., Lederer, M., Marquardt, J., Schwindenhammer, S., & Weiland, S. (2021): The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Transformative Change through Sustainable Development Goals?, Guest Editorship of a Thematic Issue in Politics and Governance 9:1.


Biermann, F. & Hickmann, T. (2020). Globale Ziele ohne Wirkung oder normative Leitplanken? [Global Goals Without Effect or Normative Guardrails?]Zeitschrift Vereinte Nationen, 68(5), 195-200. 

Biermann, F. & Kim, R. E. (2020). The Boundaries of the Planetary Boundary Framework: A Critical Appraisal for Approaches to Define a “Safe Operating Space” for HumanityAnnual Review of Environment and Resources, 45, 497-521.

Biermann, F. & Kim, R. E. (Eds). (2020). Architectures of Earth System Governance. Institutional Complexity and Structural Transformation. Cambridge University Press.

Driel, M. van. (2020). Review of ‘The Institution of International Order: From the League of Nations to the United Nations.’ Edited by Simon Jackson and Alanna O’Malley. Comparative Sociology, 19(4-5), 681-684.

Driel, M. van. (2020). Review of ‘Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Global Governance Challenges’. Edited by Simon Dalby, Susan Horton and Rianne Mahon, with Diana Thomaz. Environmental Politics, 29(2), 363-365.

Forestier, O., & Kim, R. E. (2020). Cherry‐picking the Sustainable Development Goals: Goal prioritization by national governments and implications for global governance. Sustainable Development.

Hickmann, T. & Elsässer, J.P. (2020). New alliances in global environmental governance: how intergovernmental treaty secretariats interact with non-state actors to address transboundary environmental problems. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, (20)3, 459-481. 

Hickmann, T., Marquardt, J., Lederer, M., Schwindenhammer, S., & Weiland, S. (Eds.)(2020). Nachhaltig bis 2030? Die Agenda der Vereinten Nationen. [Sustainable by 2030? The Agenda of the United Nations.], WeltTrends 165, Special Issue: Guest Editorial, 18-19.

Sénit, C.A. (2020). Leaving no one behind? The influence of civil society participation on the Sustainable Development GoalsEnvironment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 38(4), 693-712.

Sénit, C.A. (2020). Transforming our world? Discursive representation in the development of the Sustainable Development Goals. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 20(3), 411-429.

Shawoo, Z., Dzebo, A. Hägele, R., Iacobuta, G., Chan, S., Muhoza, C., Osano, P., Francisco, M., Persson, Å., Linner, B-O. and Vijge, M.J. (2020). Increasing policy coherence between NDCs and SDGs: a national perspective. SEI policy brief. Stockholm Environment Institute. Stockholm.


Adger, W.N., Boyd, E., Fábos, A., Fransen, S., Jolivet, D., Neville, G., de Campos, R.S. and Vijge, M.J. (2019). Migration transforms the conditions for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Lancet Planetary Health, 3(11), 440-442.

Bansard, J., Hickmann, T., Kern, K. (2019). Pathways to Urban Sustainability: How Science Can Contribute to Sustainable Development in Cities, GAIA – Ecological Perspectives on Science & Society 28(2), 112-118.

Biermann, F. (2019). Review of ‘Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals’By Macharia Kamau, Pamela Chasek and David O’Connor (Routledge 2018). GAIA-Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society  28: 1, 52-53.

Chan, S., Boran, I., van Asselt, H., Iacobuta, G., Niles, N., Rietig, K., Scobie, M. Bansard, J., Pugley Delgado, D., Delina, L., Eichhorn, F., Ellinger, P. Enechi, O. Hale, T., Hermwille, L., Hickmann, T., Honneger, M., Hurtado Eppstein, A., La Hoz Theuer, S., Mizo, R., Sun, Y., Toussaint, P., Wambugu G. (2019) Promises and Risks of Nonstate Action in Climate and Sustainability Governance. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change e572, 1-8.

Kim, R. E. (2019). Is Global Governance Fragmented, Polycentric, or Complex? The State of the Art of the Network Approach. International Studies Review.

Sénit, C. A. (2019). Leaving no one behind? The influence of civil society participation on the Sustainable Development GoalsEnvironment and Planning C: Politics and Space.

Biermann, F. & Kim, R. E. (Eds). (2020). Architectures of Earth System Governance. Institutional Complexity and Structural Transformation. Cambridge University Press.


Biermann, F., Kanie, N., & Kim, R. E. (2017). Global governance by goal-setting: the novel approach of the UN Sustainable Development GoalsCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability26, 26-31.

Kanie, N., & Biermann, F. (Eds.). (2017). Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation. Cambridge, Massachusetts; London, England: MIT Press.

Sénit, C-A., Biermann, F. & Kalfagianni. A. (2017). The representativeness of global deliberation: A critical assessment of civil society consultations for sustainable development. Global Policy, 8(1), 62-72.

Velis, M., Conti, K. & Biermann, F. (2017). Groundwater and human development: Synergies and trade-offs within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability Science,12(6), 1007-1017.


Boas, I., Biermann, F., & Kanie, N. (2016). Cross-sectoral strategies in global sustainability governance: towards a nexus approachInternational Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 16(3), 449-464.

Kim, R. E. (2016). The nexus between international law and the sustainable development goals. Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law, 25(1), 15-26.

Sénit, C-A., Kalfagianni, A., & Biermann, F. (2016). Cyber-democracy? Information and Communication Technologies in Civil Society Consultations for Sustainable Development. Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, 22(4), 533-554.