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Dr. Olga Malets


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Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography
Tennenbacher Str. 4
D-79106 Freiburg

Telephone: +49 / 761 / 203 3718
Telefax: +49 / 761 / 203 3890


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In Short


Olga holds a BA degree in Sociology from St. Petersburg State University, Russia, and MA degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University in Budapest. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Cologne in 2009. Before joining the Environmental Governance team at the University of Freiburg in 2015 as an assistant professor, she held appointments at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (2005-2009), Technische Universität München (2009-2015) and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2014).

Her research focuses on transnational governance of natural resources. Specifically, she investigates how transnational civil society and business actors interact to engage in public and private regulation and governance of natural resources, in particular forests and soils.

Courses Taught   |   Research Interests   |   Professional Experience   |   Education   |  Publications 


Courses Taught


  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Research Skills in Environmental Governance
  • Environmental Leadership
  • Environmental Sociology 


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Research interests


  • Organization Theory
  • Transnational Governance
  • Forest and Environmental Policy and Governance
  • Russian Forest Policy,
  • Forest Certification
  • Social Movements
  • Nongovernmental Organizations


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Professional Experience


July 2015 –

  • Research associate at the Institute for Environmental Governance of the University of Freiburg


August 2014 – January 2015

  • Visiting research scholar at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University



  • Research associate at the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy of the Technische Universität München



  • Doctoral student and post-doc at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne


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  •  Doctoral studies at the Department of Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne



  •  Master of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University, Budapest



  •   Undergraduate studies (Master equivalent) of Sociology at St. Petersburg State University


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Selected publications


  • Malets, Olga and Sigrid Quack, guest editors. 2017. Varieties of Recursivity in Transnational Governance. Special Section. Global Policy. Part I 8 (3); Part II 8 (4)
  • Malets, Olga and Sigrid Quack. 2017. Varieties of Recursivity in Transnational Governance. Introduction. Global Policy 8 (3): 333-342
  • Malets, Olga. 2017. Recursivity by Organizational Design: The Case of the Forest Stewardship Council. Global Policy. 8 (3): 343-352
  • Malets, Olga. 2017. Globalization, Governance, and the Nation-State: An Overview. Economic sociology_the european electronic newsletter. 18 (2, March): 16-24
  • Malets, Olga and Kathrin Böhling. 2017. The Perspective of Civil Society Organizations. The Missing Link in Corporate Social Responsibily Activities and Programs. In H. Backhaus-Maul, M. Kunze and S. Nährlich (Hrgb.), Gesellschaftliche Verantwortung von Unternehmen in Deutschland. Wiesbaden: Springer VS
  • Malets, Olga. 2017. Translating Sustainability Standards into Practices: How Participatory Governance Unfolds in the Russian Forest Sector. In Contested Governance and Sustainable Development: Challenges of Limited Statehood, edited by Alejandro Esquerra, Nicole Helmerich and Thomas Risse. Palgrave-Macmillan/Springer
  • Malets, Olga. 2015. When Transnational Standards Hit the Ground: Domestic Regulations, Compliance Assessment and Forest Certification in Russia. In Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 17 (3): 332-359
  • Dobler, Günter, Olga Malets und Michael Suda. 2014. Kritik als Erzählung über eine Erzählung: Analyse von Fernsehbeiträgen über Waldzertifizierung anhand eines Aktentenmodells narrativer Semiotik. Allgemeine Forst- und Jagdzeitung 185 (9/10): 220-234
  • Malets, Olga and Sabrina Zajak. 2014. "Moving Culture: Transnational Social Movement Organizations as Translators in a Diffusion Cycle." Kapitel 12 in Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research, edited by Britta Baumgarten, Priska Daphi, and Peter Ullrich. Palgrave Macmillan
  • Malets, Olga. 2013. The Translation of Transnational Voluntary Standards into Practices: Civil Society and the Forest Stewardship Council in Russia. In Journal of Civil Society 9 (3): 300-324
  • Malets, Olga and Sigrid Quack. 2013. "Projecting the Local into the Global: Trajectories of Participation in Transnational Standard-Setting". Pp. 325-338 in Global Themes and Local Variations in Organization and Management: Perspectives on Glocalization, edited by Gili Drori, Markus Höllerer and Peter Walgenbach. Routledge
  • Malets, Olga. 2013. "Effectiveness of Transnational Nonstate Governance: The Role of Domestic Regulations and Compliance Assessment Practice" MPIfG Discussion Paper. Köln: Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung
  • Malets, Olga (u.a.). 2013. "Governing our Environment: Standardizing across Borders" (Ch. 4). In Governance across Borders: Transnational Fields and Transversal Themes, edited by Leonhard Dobusch, Philip Mader and Sigrid Quack. Berlin: epubli publishers.
  • Adelmann, Wolframm, Gerhard Overbeck, Olga Malets and Stefan Schaffner. 2011. „Grenzen der internationalen Forstpolitik am Beispiel der laufenden Novellierung des brasilianischen Waldgesetzes.“ In Archiv für Forstwesen und Landschaftsökologie 45 (4): 145-152
  • Malets, Olga. 2011. "From Transnational Voluntary Standards to Local Practices: A Case Study of Forest Certification in Russia" MPIfG Discussion Paper 11/7. Köln: Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung
  • Maletz, Olga and Maria Tysiatchniouk. 2009. “The Effect of Expertise on the Quality of Forest Standards Implementation: The Case of FSC Forest Certification in Russia.” In Forest Policy and Economics 11 (5-6): 422-428

For the most up-to-date list of publications, please visit the University of Freiburg Research Data Bank here.


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