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Institute of

OF Baltic Sea Fisheries

Dr. Maraja Riechers

Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
+49 381 66099 113
+49 381 66099 113

Fields of activity

Research interests

  • Sustainability transformation
  • Social justice
  • Human-environment interactions
  • Human-wildlife co-existence
  • Co-production of knowledge


  1. Manlosa, A.O., Partelow, S., Jiren, T.S., Riechers, M., Paramita A.O. (2023). The role of institutions in food system transformations: lessons learned from transdisciplinary engagements in Ethiopia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Ecosystems and People 19 (1), 2146753
  2. Riechers, M., Betz, L., Gould, R.K., Loch, T.K., Lam, D.P.M., Lazzari, N., Martín-Lopéz, B.,Sala, J.E. (2023). Reviewing relational values for future research: insights from the coast. Ecology & Society 27 (44).
  3. Riechers, M., Fischer, J., Manlosa, A.O., Ortiz-Przychodzka, S., Sala, J.E. (2022). Operationalising the leverage points perspective for empirical research. COSUST 57, 101206.
  4. Rölfer, L., X. E. Elias Ilosvay, S. C. A. Ferse, J. Jung, D. B. Karcher, M. Kriegl, T. M. Nijamdeen, M. Riechers, and E. Z. Walker. (2022). Disentangling Obstacles to Knowledge Co-Production for Early-Career Researchers in the Marine Sciences. Frontiers in Marine Science 9.
  5. Ganachaud, A., K. von Schuckmann, A. Whiteside, C. Dupouy, P.-Y. Le Meur, M. Monier, S. van Wynsberge, A. De Ramon N'Yeurt, A. Costa, J. Aucan, A. Breckwoldt, L. Cellier, P. Douillet, S. Ferse, E.A. Holland, H. Kelsey, V. Kumar, S. Nicol, M. Riechers, A.M. Singh, and D. Varillon, D., (2022). CMEMS SST and Chl-a indicators for two Pacific Islands: a co-construction monitoring framework for an integrated, transdisciplinary, multi-scale approach. Journal of Operational Oceanography 16: 1-15.
  6. Chambers, J. M., C. Wyborn, N. L. Klenk, M. Ryan, A. Serban, N. J. Bennett, R. Brennan, L. Charli-Joseph, M. E. Fernández-Giménez, K. A. Galvin, B. E. Goldstein, T. Haller, R. Hill, C. Munera, J. L. Nel, H. Österblom, R. S. Reid, M. Riechers, M. Spierenburg, M. Tengö, E. Bennett, A. Brandeis, P. Chatterton, J. J. Cockburn, C. Cvitanovic, P. Dumrongrojwatthana, A. Paz Durán, J.-D. Gerber, J. M. H. Green, R. Gruby, A. M. Guerrero, A.-I. Horcea-Milcu, J. Montana, P. Steyaert, J. G. Zaehringer, A. T. Bednarek, K. Curran, S. J. Fada, J. Hutton, B. Leimona, T. Pickering, and R. Rondeau. (2022). Co-productive agility and four collaborative pathways to sustainability transformations. Global Environmental Change 72:102422.
  7. Staffa, R. K., M. Riechers, and B. Martín-López. (2021). A feminist ethos for caring knowledge production in transdisciplinary sustainability science. Sustainability Science.
  8. Lübker*, H.M., Abson, D.J., Riechers, M. (2021) Narratives for deep transformation: Economic growth narratives prevalent in two rural communities in Lower Saxony, Germany. Sustainability Science.
  9. Riechers, M., Balázsi, Á, Engler, J-O., Shumi, G., Fischer, J. (2021) Understanding relational values in cultural landscapes in Romania and Germany. People & Nature. doi:10.1002/pan3.10246
  10. Loch§, T.K. and Riechers, M. (2021) Integrating indigenous and local knowledge in management and research on coastal ecosystems in the Global South: a literature review. Ocean and Coastal Management 212: 105821. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2021.105821.
  11. Fanini, L., Costa L., Rosental Zalmon, I., Riechers, M. (2021) Social and ecological elements for a perspective approach to citizen science on the beach. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 
  12. Chambers. J.M., Wyborn, C., Ryan, M., Reid, R.S., Riechers, M., Serban, A., Bennett, N., Cvitanovic, C, Fernandez-Gimenez ME, Galvin K, Goldstein B, Klenk N, Tengö M, Brennan R, Cockburn J, Hill R, Munera C, Nel J, Österblom H, Bednarek A, Bennett E, Brandeis A, Charli-Joseph L, Chatterton P, Curran K, Dumrongrojwatthana P, Durán AP, Fada SJ, Gerber JD, Green J, Guerrero A, Haller T, Horcea-Milcu A, Leimona B, Montana J, Rondeau R, Spierenburg M, Steyaert P, Zaehringer JG, Gruby R, Hutton J, Pickering T. (2021) Six modes of co-production for sustainability. Nature Sustainability. doi:10.1038/s41893-021-00755-x
  13. Riechers, M.ʘ. Loos, J., Balázsi, Á., García-Llorente, M., Bieling, C., Burgos-Ayala, A., Chakroun, L., Mattijssen, T.J.M., Muhr, M.M., Pérez-Ramírez, I., Raatikainen, K.J., Rana, S., Richardson, M., Rosengren, L., West, S. (2021) Key advantages of the leverage points perspective to shape human-nature relations. Ecosystem & People 17, 205-214.
  14. Fischer, J. and Riechers, M. (2021) Conservation grief, hope and optimism. Conservation Biology 1-3. doi 10.1111/cobi.13737.
  15. Riechers, M.ʘ, Brunner, B.P., Dajka, J-C., Dușe-Pargu, I. A., Lübker, H.M., Manlosa, A.O., Sala, J. E., Schaal, T., Weidlich, S. (2021) Leverage points for tackling marine and coastal pollution: a review. Marine Pollution Bulletin 167:12263.
  16. Jiren, T.S., Riechers, M., Bergsten, A., Fischer, J. (2021) Leverage points for ensuring food security in a smallholder dominated landscape in southwestern Ethiopia. Sustainability Science 16, 767-779.
  17. Jiren, T.S., Riechers, M., Kansky, R., Fischer, J. (2021) Participatory scenario planning to facilitate human-wildlife coexistence. Conservation Biology,
  18. Riechers, M., Dușe, I.A., Balázsi, Á. (2021) Leverage points to foster human-nature connectedness in cultural landscapes (2021). Ambio.
  19.  Riechers, M., Martín-López, B., Fischer, J. (2022) Human-nature connectedness and other relational values are negatively affected by land use change: insights from Lower Saxony, Germany. Sustainability Science.
  20. Riechers, M., Balázsi, Á, Garcia-Llorente, M., Loos, J. (2021) Editorial: Human-nature connectedness as leverage point for sustainability transformation. Ecosystems & People 17, 215-221.
  21. Riechers, M.ʘ, Fanini, L., Apicella, A., Galván, C.B., Blondel, E., Espiña, B., Kefer, S., Keroullé, T., Klun, K., Pereira, T.R., Ronchi, F., Rodríguez, P.R., Sardon, H., Silva, A.V., Stulgis, M., Ibarra-González, N. (2021). Microplastics in our ocean as a transdisciplinary challenge: Lessons from a co-learning workshop. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 164: 112051. 
  22. Fischer, J., Riechers, M., Loos, J., Martín-López, B., Temperton, V. (2020) Making the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration a Social-Ecological Endeavour. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 36 (1).
  23. Riechers, M., Balázsi, Á., Abson, D. J., Fischer, J. (2020). The influence of landscape change on multiple dimensions of human-nature connectedness. Ecology and Society 25(3):3.
  24. Riechers, M., Balázsi, Á., Betz, L., Jiren, J.T., Fischer, J. (2020). The erosion of relational values resulting from landscape simplification. Landscape Ecology, 35: 2601–2612.
  25. Dajka, J., Woodhead, A. J., Norström, A. V., Graham, N. A. J., Riechers, M. Nyström, M. (2020). Red and green loops help uncover missing feedbacks in a coral reef social–ecological system. People & Nature, 2.
  26. Dorninger, C., Abson, D. J. Apetrei, C. I., Derwort, P., Ives, C. D., Klaniecki, K., Lam, D. P. M., Langsenlehner, M., Riechers, M., Spittler, N., und von Wehrden, H. (2020). Leverage points for sustainability transformation: a review on interventions in food and energy systems. Ecological Economics 171:106570.
  27. Balázsi, A., Riechers, M., Hartel, T., Fischer, J. (2019). The impacts of social-ecological system change on human-nature connectedness: a case study from Transylvania, Romania. Land Use Policy, 89: 104232.
  28. Riechers, M., Henkel, W., Engbers, M. Fischer, J. (2019). Stories of Favourite Places in Public Spaces: Emotional Responses to Landscape Change. Sustainability, 11.
  29. Grass, I., Loos, J., Baensch, S., Batáry, P., Librán-Embid, F., Ficiciyan, A., Klaus, F., Riechers, M., Rosa, J., Tiede, J., Udy, K., Westphal, C., Wurz, A., Tscharntke, T. 2019. Land-sharing/-sparing connectivity landscapes for biodiversity services and conservation. People & Nature 1 (2).
  30. Horcea-Milcu, A., Abson, D.J., Apetrei, C.I., Duse, I.A., Freeth, R., Riechers, M., Lam, D.P.M., Dorninger, C., Lang, D.J. (2019). Values in transformational sustainability science: four discourses for change. Sustainability Science, 14 (5).
  31. Fischer, J. & Riechers, M. (2019). A Leverage Points Perspective on Sustainability. People & Nature 1 (1): 115-120.
  32. Riechers, M., Strack, M., Barkmann, J. & Tscharntke, T., (2019). Cultural ecosystem services of urban green along an urban-periurban population density gradient. Sustainability 11(3): 645.
  33. Meinecke*, L., Soofi, M., Riechers, M., Khorozyan, I., Hosseini, H., Schwarze, S., Waltert, M., (2018). Crop variety and prey richness affect spatial patterns of human-wildlife conflicts in Iran’s Hyrcanian forests. Journal for Nature Conservation 43: 165-172.
  34. Riechers, M., Barkmann, J. & Tscharntke, T., (2018). Diverging perceptions by social groups on cultural ecosystem services provided by urban green. Landscape and Urban Planning 175: 161-168. 
  35. Riechers, M., Noack, E.M. & Tscharntke, T., (2017). Experts’ versus laypersons’ perception of urban cultural ecosystem services. Urban Ecosystems 20(3): 715-727.
  36. Riechers, M., Barkmann, J. & Tscharntke, T., (2016). Perceptions of cultural ecosystem services from urban green. Ecosystem Services 16:33-39.
  1. (Bio)Diversitätskorridor. Vielfalt als Ausgangspunkt für Mensch & Natur im Landkreis Oldenburg. Herausgeber: artecology_network e.V. und Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation, ISBN 978-3-935786-73-7. Chapter 3, 4 & 13.
  2. Fischer et al. 2019. Balance Brings Beauty. Strategies for a Sustainable Southern Transylvania. Pensoft.
  3. Riechers, M. & Diehl, E., 2016. Die Berliner und ihr Stadtgrün: Wertschätzungen und Unterschiede Pluralistische Bewertung kultureller Ökosystemleistungen von Berliner Stadtgrün. Transforming Cities (3): 66-70. 
  4. Riechers M, Barkmann J. & Tscharntke T., 2015. Bewertung kultureller Ökosystemleistungen von Berliner Stadtgrün entlang eines urbanen-periurbanen Gradienten. Diskussionspapiere der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Diskussionsbeitrag 1507, ISSN 1865-2697 
  5. Alpokay, S., Bruckmeier, K., Knutsson, P., & Riechers M., 2012. D7.1 Input Report: Handbook “Knowledge and action synthesis for urban resource management”. Seventh Framework Programme European Commission. 
  6. Orr, D. & Riechers, M., 2011. Student Mobility in Estonia. In: Ulrich Teichler, Irina Ferencz and Bernd Wächter (eds.), Mapping mobility in European higher education Volume II: Case studies. Brussels: Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Chapter V, pp: 92-112. 
  7. Orr, D. & Riechers, M., 2010. Organisation des Hochschulzugangs in sieben europäischen Ländern: Eine vergleichende Betrachtung. HIS:Forum Hochschule No. 11. Hannover: HIS Hochschul- Informations-System GmbH.

More Publications (Thünen)

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    Kochalski S, Braun M, Riechers M, Barz F (2022) CM 527: What’s your story? Capturing fishers’ experiential knowledge through biographical interviews. In: ICES 2022 Theme session K - Integration of fisher experiential knowledge (FEXK) into marine science and management. ICES Annual Science Conference 2022, Dublin, Ireland [book of abstracts]. Copenhagen: ICES, p 23, DOI:10.17895/ICES.PUB.21618084

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