Dr. Marianne Beisheim

Research Division: Global Issues
Senior Associate


Since 2019 Chair of the Advisory Board of the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:), Germany

Since 2017 Member of the Advisory Board of the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:), Germany

Since 2017 Member of the Steering Committee of "Science Platform Sustainability 2030"

Since 2016 UNITAR Advisory Council "Capacity Development for the 2030 Agenda"

Since September 2014 Member of the UN-Political Advisory Board of the Federal Foreign Office

Since 2014 Member of Research Council  of the United Nations Association (UNA) of Germany

2003-2010 Assistant Professor, Freie Universität Berlin, Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science

2000-2004 Research Associate, Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament), Berlin


Project Director, Research Center »Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood«, Project D1 »Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Areas of Limited Statehood: Impact, Conditions for Success, and Meta-Governance«

Areas of Expertise:

Development cooperation, Environmental policy, Non-governmental organizations, Sustainability governance, United Nations

Global governance for sustainable development, both negotiations and institutions at the United Nations and voluntary initiatives by civil society, business or public-private partnerships (with a focus on water)

SWP Publications (selection):

Marianne Beisheim

UN Reforms for the 2030 Agenda

Are the HLPF’s Working Methods and Practices “Fit for Purpose”?

SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 09, October 2018, 33 Pages
Marianne Beisheim, Anne Ellersiek

Partnerships for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Transformative, Inclusive and Accountable?

SWP Research Paper 2017/RP 14, December 2017, 28 Pages
Marianne Beisheim

The G20 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

How to Strengthen Policy Coherence and Accountability

SWP Comment 2017/C 16, May 2017, 4 Pages
Marianne Beisheim

Reviewing the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

“Early Movers” Can Help Maintain Momentum

SWP Comment 2016/C 30, May 2016, 4 Pages
Marianne Beisheim

Reviewing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and Partnerships

A Proposal for a Multi-level Review at the High level Political Forum

SWP Research Paper 2015/RP 01, January 2015, 37 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Marianne Beisheim, Anne Ellersiek

Towards Quality Partnerships for the SDG

in: Annual Review of Social Partnerships, Issue 13, December 2018, 70-73
Marianne Beisheim, Anne Ellersiek, Jasmin Lorch

INGOs and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

In: Risse, Thomas /Börzel, Tanja / Draude, Anke (Hrsg.), The Oxford Handbook of Governance and Limited Statehood. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 211-230.
Eleni Dellas, Alexander Carius, Marianne Beisheim, Susan Parnell, Dirk Messner

Local and Regional Governments in the Follow-up and Review of Global Sustainability Agendas

in: Berlin/Brussels: adelphi/Cities Alliance, February 2018, 59 Pages
Marianne Beisheim, László Pintér, Robert S. Chen

Monitoring and Review

in: ICSU and ISSC 2015: Review of Targets for the Sustainable Development Goals: The Science Perspective, Paris: International Council for Science, S. 85-86
Marianne Beisheim, Andrea Liese (eds.)

Transnational Partnerships: Effectively Providing for Sustainable Development?

Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 272 Seiten

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Marianne Beisheim

Follow-up and Review

Working Paper Research Division Global Issues, 2016/02, May 2016, 13 Pages
Nils aus dem Moore, Marianne Beisheim, Hedda Løkken, László Pintér, Wilfried Rickels

Measuring Sustainable Development

How can Science Contribute to Realizing the SDGs?

Working Paper FG8 / No. 02, April 2015, 32 Pages
Marianne Beisheim

The Future HLPF Review

Criteria and ideas for its institutional design

Working Paper FG8 / No. 01, March 2014, 24 pages

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Marianne Beisheim

Stakeholder Insights on the High Level Political Forum

Interview by Matthew Reading-Smith / Hanna Hansson, in: Sustainable Development 2015 Blog, 25.03.2015, (online)
Marianne Beisheim

Follow-up and review of implementation of the agenda and the agreed goals and targets

Presentation at UN-Plenary on stocktaking in the process of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda

in: UN Web TV, 21.01.2015 (online)
Marianne Beisheim

Don’t keep reinventing the wheel

Civil-society activists tend to view multi-stakeholder partnerships or private-public partnerships (PPPs) with considerable scepticism. They point out the benefits to profit-driven corporations. What they often ignore, however, is that partnerships may also be valuable in developmental terms. It is essential to learn from positive and negative experiences, argues Marianne Beisheim of the foreign-policy think tank SWP.

Interview by Hans Dembowski, in: D+C Development and Cooperation, 07.10.2014 (online)
Christian Avérous, Marianne Beisheim, Fatuma Nyirakobwa Ndangiza, Christian Wenaweser

Reviewing progress and implementation: making the most of the HLPF reviews after 2015

Moderated dialogue 10, 2nd meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

in: UN Web TV, 02.07.2014, (online)

SWP Comments

Judith Vorrath, Maike Voss
The Hidden Dangers of Falsified and Substandard Medicines

Developing Countries Are Most Affected by the Illegal Trade

Martin Keim, Maria Pastukhova, Maike Voss, Kirsten Westphal
The Link Between Healthcare and Energy Supply

How Joined-up Thinking Can Lead to More Synergies Between the Two Policy Fields

SWP Research Papers