Sarah Giest specializes in public policy analysis focusing on policy instruments and capacity in the innovation, technology and sustainability realm. This includes, for example, the use of big data for public climate change efforts or the capacity of government to innovate in urban settings.
Current projects in collaboration with public entities and Computer Science focus on the use of data in the urban context for solving sustainability challenges. Such as:
- READ urban: Robust Estimation using Aggregated Data for Urban policy making
- The Hague Going2Zero: Understanding the complexities of the energy transition in The Hague for environmental policymaking
Sarah's research has been published, among others, in Public Administration, Policy Sciences, Energy Policy and Regional Environmental Change. Sarah has co-edited a special issue on 'Big Data Applications in Governance and Policy' and is part of the Editorial Board of Policy Design & Practice.
Sarah teaches at Master level focusing on digitisation/ data and sustainability:
- Data-driven Policymaking (Elective for Public Administration (MPA) and Computer Science (LIACS) Students)
- Governance of Materials & Circular Economy linked to Institutions & Policy Cycles (Master of Sustainability Students, taught together with Environmental Science)
At bachelor level, Sarah offers a course in the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs' Honours Program called 'Governing Science, Society and Expertise'.
Sarah holds a PhD with distinction in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada and two Master degrees - one in Political Science (Bonn University) and one in Science, Society and Technology Studies (Aalborg/Lund University).
More information can be found at: www.sarahgiest.com
- Giest S.N. & Mukherjee I. (2018), Behavioral instruments in renewable energy and the role of big data: A policy perspective, Energy Policy 123: 360-366.
- Giest S.N. & Raaphorst N.J. (2018), Unraveling the hindering factors of digital public service delivery at street-level: the case of electronic health records, Policy Design and Practice 1(2): 141-154.
- Giest S.N. (2018), Entrepreneurial activities in policy implementation: Sweden’s national wind coordinators, Regional Environmental Change 18(5): 1299-1308.
- Mans U., Giest S.N. & Baar T. (2018), Can Big Data Make a Difference for Urban Management?. In: Elmqvist T., Bai X., Frantzeskaki N., Griffith C., Maddox D., McPhearson T., Parnell S., Romero-Lankao P., Simon D., Watkins M. (Eds.) Urban Planet, Knowledge towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press. 218-238.
- Breeman G.E., Giest S.N. & Rimkute D. (2017), Food security governance and the sustainability of GMOs in the United States and the European Union. In: Barling D. (Ed.) Advances in Food Security and Sustainability. no. Volume 2: Elsevier. 165-193.
- Mukherjee I. & Giest S.N. (2017), Designing policies in uncertain contexts: Entrepreneurial capacity and the European Emission Trading Scheme, Public Policy and Administration .
- Giest S. (2017), Big Data for Policymaking: Fad or Fast Track?, POLICY SCIENCES 50(3): 367–382.
- Giest S. (2017), Trust Dynamics in Innovation Networks: The Chicago Life Science Cluster, Administration and Society 51(2): 1-19.
- Giest S.N. (2017), Big data analytics for mitigating carbon emissions in smart cities: opportunities and challenges, European Planning Studies 25(6): 941-957.
- Giest S. (2016), Overcoming the Failure of ‘Silicon Somewheres’: Collective Learning in Innovation Networks, Policy and Politics 45(1): 39-54.
- Giest S.N. (2016), The challenges of enhancing collaboration in life science clusters: Lessons from Chicago, Copenhagen and Singapore, Science and public policy .
- Giest S. (2015), Comparative analysis of Sweden’s wind energy policy: The evolution of ‘coordinated’ networks, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 17(4): 393-407.
- Giest S. Howlett M. (2014), Understanding the pre-conditions of commons governance: The role of network management, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY 36: 37-47.
- Giest S. (2014), Network capacity-building in high-tech sectors: Opening the black box of cluster facilitation policy, Public Administration 93(2): 471–489.
- Giest S. (2014), Place-based policy in climate change: Flexible and path-dependent elements., International Journal of Public Administration 37(12): 824-834.
- Giest S., Howlett M. & Ishani M. (2014), The relevance of the academic study of public policy. In: Peters, Guy, Pierre, Jon and Gerry Stoker (Eds.) The Relevance of Political Science.: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Giest S. & Howlett M. (2013), Comparative Climate Change Governance: Lessons from European Transnational Municipal Network Management Efforts, ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND GOVERNANCE 23(6): 341-353.
- Hira A., Giest S. & Howlett M. (2013), Explaining the Success of Clusters: A Framework for the Study of Global Wine Industry Dynamics. In: Hira, A. (Eds.) What makes clusters competitive? Cases from the global wine industry. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
- Giest S. & Howlett M. (2012), Comparative climate change governance: Lessons from European transnational municipal networks, The British Columbian Quarterly 176.
- Giest S. & Howlett M. (2012), Multi-Level Governance and Place-Based Policy-Making for Climate Change Adaptation: The European Experience and Lessons for British Columbia, 176: 133-154.
- Howlett M. & Giest S. (2012), The Policy-Making Process. In: Wright, James D. (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences. London: Elsevier.
- Howlett M. & Giest S. (2012), The Policy-Making Process: Policy Cycles and Policy Styles. In: Araral, Fritzen, Howlett, Ramesh, Wu (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Public Policy. New York: Routledge.
- Artmann, J., Stroetmann K. & Giest S. (2010), In guter Gesellschaft, Das österreichische Gesundheitswesen .