Georg Winkel is Assistant Professor at the Forest and Environmental Policy Group, Institute of Social Environmental Sciences, University of Freiburg, Germany. He has a background in forest sciences. His research interests are the analysis of biodiversity, climate and forest policy at the international, European and national level, with a specific focus on EU forest and biodiversity policy. His special interest is policy analysis, policy change research, and the application of constructivist discourse theories and methods. In addition to teaching and research, he gives policy advice to different governmental and non-governmental organizations. In 2011, he had a ten month research stay (DFG research scholarship) at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, where he conducted field research on forest policy change in the US Pacific Northwest.