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Global Change Management (M.Sc.) (GCM)










Prof. Dr. Martin Welp

Head of Study Programme

The mission of the International Master Study Programme Global Change Management is to educate change agents and professionals who are able to cope with challenges of natural resource management under global change and able to develop goal-oriented solutions for a sustainability transition.

During the four-semester study programme students learn systems thinking as well as strategies and practice of change management. Considering Global Change Management as a cross-sectoral challenge we strive for an adaptive, proactive and precautionary approach to natural resource management and sustainability.



Global Change Management (M.Sc.)

is a UN Decade-project Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014


Global Change Management (M.Sc.)
is awarded as a innovative project in the competition:  Deutschland - Land der Ideen /

Germany - Land of Ideas

 Faculty of Forest and Environment

News & events

Opening session for the first semester students 2016/2017

You can find the schedule of the introductory week starting September 26 here

3rd prize in the 2016 contest of the GIZ

Maria Fiedler and Luzmila Rosales

Berlin, July 8th 2016. Global Change Management students Luzmila Rosales and Maria Fiedler win the third prize in the 2016 contest of the GIZ initiative 'Between Lecture Hall and Project Work'. 44 international students from 5 different German Universities analysed GIZ projects by combining these practical insights with their academic knowledge gained during their studies. The top ten finalists were invited to the final symposium in the GIZ Representation in Berlin.

Luzmila Rosales and Maria Fiedler presented their evaluation of a GIZ project in Peru and called their presentation “Looking at a bigger picture: introducing a systemic approach”. For the analysis of the project, the students used the MARISCO methodology which they got to know during their GCM-studies. The GIZ initiative is embedded into the module “Global Change and Development” offered by Christoph Nowicki and Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch since 2006.

GCM Student at the UNFCCC Climate Negotiations in Bonn

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The second semester students of GCM participated in a block module of Germanwatch on Applied Climate Policy and took part as observers in the Bonn Climate Change Conference in May 2016.

Both together provided the students with up-to-date insights about current and upcoming policy issues related to climate and sustainable development and an opportunity to link with key stakeholders who are active in the UNFCCC negotiation process.

Video documentation of the 1st Eberswalde Ecosynomics Forum

Petra KuenkelSteve Waddell

Steve Waddell (NetworkingAction) and Petra Kuenkel (Collective Leadership Institute) were keynote speakers of the 1st Eberswalde Ecosynomics Forum (April 2nd, 2015). Large system change and collective efforts for a transformation towards sustainability were the overarching themes of the one-day event. The forum provided a collaborative space to explore possibilities for shared action, research and consultancy. Participants were invited guests from partner organisations and professional networks as well as students of the HNEE, International Master Study Programme Global Change Management and at the Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Master of Public Policy. The video documentation of the forum is available as a short film (8 min.) and full version here. The programme of the forum is available here (PDF)

Video Documentary “Brasil Norte-Sul” online now

Foto 1In August 2013, five students of the International Master Study Programme Global Change Management had the opportunity to participate in a study tour across Brazil. While travelling the country for almost four weeks the students got a profound and exceptional insight into forest management practices in different Brazilian biomes, such as the Mata Atlantica, the Pantanal and the Amazon forest. One of the participants, Nils Reinecke, video documented the tour and interviewed several experts and scientists as well as rubber tappers, sawyers and environmental activists. The documentary is now online and can be seen here.

Lin Bautze and Simon Gerlinger won 2nd price in the competition „Between lecture hall and project work“ of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

On Friday, 11th July 2014, the 13th final symposium of the GIZ´s university-level initiative “Between Lecture Hall and Project Work” took place at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

The initiative fosters exchange of knowledge between professionals in the field of development cooperation and university students. Lin Bautze und Simon Lange

This year, 4 teams of the Master Program “Global Change Management” have been among the 12 finalists.

Of these, the students Lin Bautze and Simon Gerlinger have convinced the jury with their outstanding presentation about land reform in Namibia.

The two students won 2nd price and a paid internship in the GIZ, a company highly experienced in the field of development cooperation and sustainable development.

Photo: Christoph Nowicki

New film about a rainforest protection project of the GIZ in Central America

The movie entitled "Protection and Sustainable Use of the Selva Maya" is available in English, German and Spanish language. It was directed and produced by the 3rd semester GCM student Mr Nils Reinecke. Rainforest protetion in Central America_The Selva Maya Programme is dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of over 5 million hectares of tropical rain forests located in Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico. It is being executed by the German Cooperation (GIZ), commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in conjunction with the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD, in Spanish) and national counterpart organizations. This 20-minute film shows the main challenges for the Selva Maya and strategies proposed by the Selva Maya Programme to face them. Watch it here!


(letzte Änderung: 25.07.2016 von Jakob Weiß)