Benjamin Hofmann

Main Focuses

Evidence for sustainability

Inter- and transdisciplinarity

Global environmental politics

Pesticide governance

Ocean and shipping governance

Swiss-EU energy relations

Professional Career
Teaching Activities
  • Global Environmental Politics (Spring 2018-19, Autumn 2021-ongoing)
  • Spring Project: International Climate Politics (Spring 2021)
  • International Relations Theory: Independent Studies/Exercises (Spring 2016-21) 
  • Qualitative Methods: Independent Studies (Autumn 2017)
  • Multi-Level Energy and Climate Governance (Spring 2017)
  • Praxisprojekt Energie: Die Zukunft des St.Galler Energiekonzeptes (Spring 2016)
  • Transformation in Pesticide Governance (TRAPEGO, funded by SNSF, ongoing)
  • The Coproduction of Business Practices and International Maritime Environmental Regulation (Ph.D. project, completed)
  • The European Integration of the Swiss Energy System (funded by SNSF, completed)
  • SCCER CREST White Paper on Swiss Multi-Level Energy Governance (supported by Innosuisse, completed)
  • The Future of St.Gallen’s Energy Concept 2050 (funded by the City of St.Gallen, completed)
  • Selection for Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership, Robert Bosch Stiftung, 2021-23
  • St.Gallen Wings of Excellence Award, 2nd Prize, St.Gallen Symposium, 2017
  • Carlo-Schmid scholarship, German Academic Exchange Office (DAAD), 2012/13
  • Excellence scholarships for Bachelor's and Master's studies, University of Salzburg, 2010, 2012
  • Science to the rescue? Evidence types, political economy, and the wicked problem of pesticide risk reduction, Earth System Governance Conference, Toronto/online, 2022
  • Barriers to a Transformative Impact of Cumulative Knowledge: Insights from Pesticide Research & Governance, Earth System Governance Conference, Bratislava/online, 2021
  • Technological Arguing: Innovation, Business Practices, and the International Environmental Regulation of Maritime Shipping, Earth System Governance Conference, Utrecht, 2018 | SPSA Annual Convention, Zurich, 2019 | ISA Annual Convention, Toronto, 2019 | ECPR General Conference 2020
  • Saving Liberalism: Governance through Global Hanses, St.Gallen Symposium, St.Gallen, 2017 | Global-Local Action Networks: A Future for All Communities, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, Mass., USA, 2017
  • Arctic Environmental Regulation of Maritime Industries in Comparative Perspective, Arctic Frontiers, Tromsø, 2017 | Globalizing Polar Issues, Swiss Polar Institute, Crans-Montana, 2017
  • Design of International Environmental Regulations & Maritime Industries, SPSA Annual Convention, St.Gallen, 2017 | ECPR General Conference, Prague, 2016 | ECPR Graduate Conference, Tartu, 2016


Research Cooperation
  • Evidence-based Transformation in Pesticide Governance (Trapego, SNSF Sinergia), 2021-25
  • Center for Energy Innovation, Governance and Investment (EGI-HSG), 2015-21
  • Swiss Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition (SCCER CREST), 2015-20
Additional Information
  • Languages: German, English, French, Danish
  • Moderation experience at the science-policy-practice interface