Kevin Grecksch

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Other affiliations

Wolfson College


Dr. rer. pol. (Doctor of Economics), Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany.

M.A. Political Science (major), British Studies (minor), Communication and Media Sciences (minor), University of Leipzig, Germany.

Out of sight, out of regulation?   Property rights revisited   Drought & water scarcity

Kevin Grecksch is an experienced postdoctoral researcher and currently British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. He is a social scientist who specialises in governance, especially with regard to water and climate change adaptation. His research interests include (multilevel) environmental governance, water governance, climate change adaptation, governance of societal transformation processes, property rights and the governance of natural resources, sustainability and ecological economics. His British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship project deals with sustainable underground regulation in the UK.

His previous work at the CSLS was part of the multidisciplinary ENDOWS (ENgaging diverse stakeholders and publics with outputs from the UK DrOught and Water Scarcity programme) and MaRIUS (Governance of Water Scarcity and Drought in the UK) project that engages legal scholars, economists, human geographers, hydrologists, and climate scientists in the development of a more risk-based approach to governance of drought. This video explains the work and aim of ENDOWS and this video explains the results of Kevin's worktask in the project. Kevin was also the PI of a John Fell Fund supported project on Managing drought and water scarcity – Strategies and options for the UK’s large industrial water consumers.

Kevin is passionate about public engagement with research and his research impact. He has organised two successful drought walks in Birmingham and London, walking and discussing issues of drought and water scarcity with stakeholders at places where drought happened. A susbsequent poster about the two walks won the Best Poster Award at the 2019 European Society for Ecological Economics conference. Moreover, he has contributed two insightful blog articles for the University of Oxford's Science blog (see left-hand column, scroll down) and his research on drought and water scarcity is now a lesson plan for Year 10 GCSE Geography students. He has also contributed ideas to a primary school story book about a drought super hero. For three years in a row, Kevin has contributed to the Pathways to Law programme, giving an introductory lecture into socio-legal studies and his research to A-Level students.

Prior to joining the CSLS, Kevin was postdoctoral researcher and projects coordinator at the University of Oldenburg’s Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research (COAST) where he coordinated projects on sustainable bioenergy supply chains and marine energy potentials. In summer 2013, Kevin was visiting researcher at Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Before joining COAST, he was doctoral researcher and lecturer in Ecological Economics at the University of Oldenburg's Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law, where he worked on the governance of climate change adaptation.

His current and previous teaching includes social science research methods, climate change adaptation, water resources management, environmental policy and politics, corporate environmental and sustainability strategies, property rights and natural resources and practical projects in sustainability.

Kevin is a Research Fellow in the Earth System Governance Project. The Earth System Governance Project is the world's largest network of social scientists interested in global environmental change and its governance challenges.

Kevin is a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) and the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE). Both, ISEE and ESEE, are organsisations dedicated to advancing understanding of the relationships among ecological, social, and economic systems for the mutual well-being of nature and people. In 2010 Kevin was conference manager for the ISEE 2010 Conference on "Advancing Sustainbility in a Time of Crisis" hosting more than 800 participants in Oldenburg and Bremen, Germany.




Co-PI, ‘Reflecting about ‘Swimming camels’ on the North-East Coast of England: Knowledge, translation and global challenges’ (British Academy Seed Funding)


PI, ‘Out of sight – out of regulation? Ensuring Sustainable underground governance in the UK’ (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship)


Postdoctoral researcher and worktask leader, ‘ENDOWS (ENgaging diverse stakeholders and publics with outputs from the UK DrOught and Water Scarcity programme)’ (Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK)


PI, ‘Managing drought and water scarcity – Strategies and options for the UK’s large industrial water consumers’ (Oxford University John Fell Fund)


Postdoctoral researcher, ‘MaRIUS (Managing the Risks, Impacts and Uncertainties of drought and water Scarcity)’ project (Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK)


Postdoctoral researcher and project manager, ‘I-AM (I-AM – Integrated Assessment and Management of GroenGas Supply Chains)‘, ‘DELaND (Decentralised Energy Landscapes in the Netherlands and Germany)’ and ‘MAP-MEP (Mapping and Communicating Marine Energy)’ (EU INTERREG IVA & IVB)


Doctoral researcher and summer school lecturer, ‘Clim-A-Net – The North-South-Network on Climate Proofing of Vulnerable Regions’ (DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service)


Doctoral researcher, ‘nordwest 2050: Perspectives for Climate Adaptive Innovation Processes in the Metropolitan Region Bremen – Oldenburg’ (German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)


Research Interests

(multilevel) governance, water governance; climate change adaptation; property rights and natural resources; governance of societal transformation processes; sustainability; ecological economics