Dr. Marianne Beisheim

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 Steering Committee of "Science Platform Sustainability 2030"

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

2006-2017 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«

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

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


Project Director »HLPF Review: Processes, Positions, Politics & Practicable Reform Options«

Areas of Expertise:

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 multi-stakeholder partnerships

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.), 2018, 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

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Marianne Beisheim

Reviewing the HLPF's "format and organizational aspects" - what's being discussed?

Assessing current proposals under debate

Working Paper Research Division Global Issues, 2020/01
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):

Science X

Controversy around the ministerial declaration, looking towards 2019 and an interview with Marianne Beisheim

Interview with Marianne Beisheim in: Science X HLPF, July 2018 (online)
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)


Marianne Beisheim and Anne Ellersiek present and discuss the work of the German Science Platform Sustainability 2030 at Geneva conference on Science-Policy Interfaces for the SDGs.

SWP Comments

Nadine Biehler, David Kipp
Alternatives to Refugee Camps

Cities Need International Support for Receiving Forcibly Displaced People

Laura von Daniels, Susanne Dröge, Alexandra Bögner
Ways Out of the WTO’s December Crisis

How to Prevent the Open Global Trade Order from Unravelling

SWP Research Papers

Bettina Rudloff
A Stable Countryside for a Stable Country?

The Effects of a DCFTA with the EU on Tunisian Agriculture

Daniel Voelsen
Cracks in the Internet’s Foundation

The Future of the Internet’s Infrastructure and Global Internet Governance