Sandra Venghaus Copyright: © Martin Braun


Prof. Dr. rer. pol.

Sandra Venghaus

Assistant Professor ("Juniorprofessur") of Decision Analysis and Socio-economic Assessment


Building: 3011

Room: B148.1

Kackertstr. 7

52072 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80-90963
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In January 2021, Sandra Venghaus became Assistant Professor ("Juniorprofessorin") for Decision Analysis and Socio-Economic Assessment at RWTH Aachen University. After studying environmental science and public policy at Harvard University from 2000 to 2004, she went on to gain her doctoral degree in complex system innovations from Leibniz University Hannover. In 2009 she took up a position as post-doc with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, remaining there until 2014. From 2014 to 2020 Sandra Venghaus headed a working group - which she herself had set up - on "Ethics, Sustainability, and the Resource Nexus" in the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-STE) at Forschungszentrum Jülich. She is Coordinator of the BioSC Competence Platform "Transform2Bio: Integrated Transformation Processes and their Regional Implementations: Structural Change from Fossil Economy to Bioeconomy".

Sandra Venghaus's current research focus is the quantitative modeling of complex socio-ecological systems, with a special interest in the impacts of political action options on social, economic, and ecological parameters.

Research Interests

  • Governance of the Sustainability Transformation
  • Innovation in Socio-Ecological Systems
  • Computational Resource Economics
  • Decision Analysis
  • Sustainability Assessment
  • Bioeconomy Markets, Circular Economy and the Water-Energy-Land Nexus

Selected Publications

  • Schlör, H.; Märker, C.; Venghaus, S. (2021): “Developing a nexus systems thinking test – a qualitative multi- and mixed methods analysis”. In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 138.
  • Pahl-Wostl, C.; Gorris, P.; Jager, N.; Koch, L.; Lebel, L.; Stein, C.; Venghaus, S.; Withanachchi, S. (2020): “Scale-related governance challenges in the water-energy-food nexus: Towards a diagnostic approach“. In: Sustainability Science.
  • Venghaus, S.; Märker, C.; Dieken, S.; Siekmann, F. (2019): “Linking Environmental Policy Integration and the Water-Energy-Land-(Food-)Nexus: A Review of the European Union’s Energy, Water, and Agricultural Policies”. In: Energies, Vol. 12 (23), 4446.
  • Venghaus, S.; Dieken, S. (2019): “From a Few Security Indices to the FEW-Security Index: Consistency in Global Food, Energy and Water Security Assessment”. In: Sustainable Production and Consumption, Vol. 20, pp. 342-355.
  • Märker, C.; Venghaus, S.; Hake, J.-Fr. (2018): "Integrated governance for the food-energy-water nexus - The scope of action for institutional change". In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 97, pp. 290-300
  • Venghaus, S. & Hake, J.-Fr. (2018): "Nexus thinking in current EU policies – The interdependencies among food, energy and water resources". In: Environmental Science and Policy, Vol. 90, pp. 183-192.
  • Schlör, H.; Venghaus, S.; Zapp, P.; Marx, J.; Schreiber, A.; Hake, J.-Fr. (2018): "The energy-mineral-society nexus - A social LCA model". In: Applied Energy, Vol. 228, pp. 999-1008.
  • Schlör, H.; Venghaus, S.; Hake, J.-Fr. (2018): "The FEW nexus city index - measuring urban resilience". In: Applied Energy, Vol. 210, pp. 382-392.
  • Fischer, W.; Hake, J.-Fr.; Kuckshinrichs, W.; Schröder, T.; Venghaus, S. (2016): "German energy policy and the way to sustainability: Five controversial issues in the debate on the `Energiewende`”. In: Energy, Vol. 115, No. 3, pp. 1580-1591.
  • Hake, J.-Fr.; Fischer, W.; Venghaus, S.; Weckenbrock, C. (2015): “The German Energiewende - History and Status Quo”. In: Energy, Vol. 92, pp. 532-546.