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Marzena Wilczynski



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

Telephone: +49 761 203 96751 





In short


Marzena studied international business management at the Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and at the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She holds the University of Oldenburg’s Master’s degree in “Sustainability Economics and Management” – a leading sustainability program in Germany.

Since October 2016, she has been a research associate at the Chair of Environmental Governance at the University of Freiburg, where her research activities focus on the identification and understanding of leverage points in the transformation of markets towards more sustainable forms and the implementation of sustainability strategies in medical institutions. In her PhD-Project, she builds on sociological theory of markets and organizational theory as well as sustainability and innovation research to investigate the dynamics of emerging bio-based markets by using the example of the Biomass-to-Liquid (BtL) Innovation in Germany.

Research Interests   |   Professional Experience   |   Education  |  Scientific Work  |  Honors and Awards


Research Interests 


  • Sustainability Management and Controlling  
  • Market networks in the bioeconomy
  • Emergent markets and value chains
  • Governance of sustainability transitions


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Professional Experience 


Since 10/2016

  • Researcher at the Chair of Environmental Governance, University of Freiburg


10/2015 – 03/2016

  • Trainee Corporate Audit, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Frankfurt a.M.


03/2014 – 09/2014

  • Work placement in the area of Education for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, St. Enda’s Primary School Dublin, Ireland


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2012 – 2015

  • MA Sustainability Economics and Management, University of Oldenburg


2011 – 2012

  • Semester abroad at Yonsei University Seoul, South Korea


2008 – 2012

  • BBA International Business and Management Studies, Saxion University of Applied Sciences Enschede, the Netherlands 


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Scientific Work


  • Schanz, H., Federer, J., & Wilczynski, M. (2019). Markets as leverage points for transformations of economic systems: The example of the German bioeconomy. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. Advance online publication.
  • Bonneau, A., Wilczynski, M., Federer, J., & Schanz, H. (2018). “Knowing the facility first” – Analysing environmentally relevant structures and processes in hospitals: A case study. Journal of Hospital Administration, 7(5), 28-40. doi:10.5430/jha.v7n5p28
  • Wilczynski, M.; Federer, J.; Schanz, H. (2017): Market actor networks in bioeconomic value chains, Poster at the "2nd International Bioeconomy Congress" in Hohenheim, September 2017
  • Federer, J.; Wilczynski, M.; Schanz, H. (2017): Key Markets within the German Bioeconomy, Poster at the "2nd International BioSC Symposium: Towards an integrated bioeconomy" in Cologne, November 2017


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Honors and Awards


  • Honors of the Summer School Utrecht (Frontiers in Innovation Systems: Measuring and Modelling Dynamics in Innovation Systems) by the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Freiburg im Breisgau


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