Nina Gmeiner


Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences  (» Postal address)

Nina Gmeiner

Project coordinator Klimagarten

Scientific staff of the botanical garden Oldenburg

The climate garden project reconstructs the Botanical Gardens to be climate neutral by 2025, producing its own electricity and waiving natural gas for thermal energy and heat exchangers, amongst other measures. With the construction of an information centre, state of the art knowledge about the climate research of the University of Oldenburg can be spread interactively to students and everybody else interested.

Plants have relevance for urban climate change adaptation in binding CO2, reducing temperatures, moderating water flows and filtering the air. What exactly that means for Oldenburg is part of the research we will conduct on several roofs and facades in the Botanical Gardens in the coming years.

My background and research interests are in the relevance of (crop) plants in climate change adaptation. They include plant-based urban climate change adaptation, relevance of rooftop- and facade greening, sustainable agriculture, alternative food initiatives and seed commons.


The value of resources in common property regimes for actors’ well-being - A comparative example of seed commons in societies of affluence and scarcity using the capability approach

Supervision: Prof. Dr. Stefanie Sievers Glotzbach (UOL), Prof. Dr. Christian U. Becker (Colorado State University)


  • Gmeiner, N., Kliem, L., Ficiciyan, A., Sievers-Glotzbach, S., & Tschersich, J. (2018). Gemeingüterbasierte Rechte an Saatgut und Sorten als Treiber für eine sozial-ökologische Transformation des Pflanzenbaus. In Treffpunkt Biologische Vielfalt XVI - Interdisziplinärer Forschungsaustausch im Rahmen des Übereinkommens über die biologische Vielfalt.
  • Gmeiner, N., Sievers-Glotzbach, S., & Becker, C. (2020). New Values for New Challenges: The Emergence of Progressive Commons as a Property Regime for the 21st Century. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 1–21.
  • Sievers-Glotzbach, S., Tschersich, J., Gmeiner, N., Kliem, L., & Ficiciyan, A. (2020). Diverse Seeds – Shared Practices: Conceptualizing Seed Commons. International Journal of the Commons, 14(1), 418– 438.
  • Sievers-Glotzbach, S., Gmeiner, N., Tschersich, J., Marscheider, N., Ficiciyan, A., & Kliem, L. (2020). Wenn Saatgut zum Gemeingut wird. Ökologisches Wirtschaften - Fachzeitschrift, 33(1), 16.
  • Wolter, Hendrik & Gmeiner, Nina & Rohe, Sebastian & Tschersich, Julia. (2020). "Wie, wir lesen?" Leseseminare als Baustein forschenden Lernens in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften. Ausgabe 5 von Working paper der AG Forschendes Lernen in der dghd, ISSN 2567-6857.
  • Sievers-Glotzbach, S., Euler, J., Frison, C., Gmeiner, N., Kliem, L., Mazé, A., & Tschersich, J. (2021). Beyond the material: Knowledge aspects in seed commoning. Agriculture and Human Values, 38(2), 509–524.
  • Rohe, S.; Oltmer, M.; Wolter, H.; Gmeiner, N.; Tschersich, J. (2022). Forever niche – Why do organic vegetable varieties not diffuse? In: CIRCLE Papers in Innovation Studies, No 2022/08.
  • Gmeiner, N., & Sievers-Glotzbach, D. (forthcoming). Commons. In N. Wallenhorst & C. Wulf (Hrsg.), Handbook of the Anthropocene. Springer.
  • Tschersich, J., Sievers-Glotzbach, S., Gmeiner, N., & Kliem, L. (forthcoming). The transformative potential of Seed Commons: Applying the social-ecological transformation framework to agri-food systems.
(Changed: 21 Nov 2022)