MSc student
E-mail: j.birner@students.uu.nl

Jana Birner is currently studying the Joint International Master in Sustainable Development at Utrecht University within the Earth System Governance track. Her master thesis investigates the steering potential of the SDGs on the national-level governance architecture. To that end, Jana is conducting a country case study with a focus on the Federal Ministries in Germany. In particular, she researches the influence of SDGs on institutional interaction by applying a mixed methods approach that combines network analysis and interviews. In this way she evaluates the transformative capacity of the SDGs to enhance institutional integration through modified cooperation in the institutional framework of German sustainability governance.