Sabine Blumstein is a Advisor at adelphi. Her work focuses on topics of international water cooperation, water and foreign policy as well as adaptation to environmental changes in the water sector.
Sabine is experienced in developing and coordinating research and consulting projects for national and international clients, in particular German Ministries as well as development organizations such as the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) or the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Her research work focuses on the performance of transboundary water management institutions and the linkages between water insecurity and conflict. She furthermore works topics related to political, legal and institutional frameworks in water management, river basin cooperation, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the nexus between water, energy and food security.
In addition to competencies in comparative political analysis and international relations theories, she has expertise in communicating research findings into policy processes, conducting project evaluations and designing training modules. Her regional specialisations include southern Africa and the MENA region.
Prior to joining adelphi, Sabine worked as a researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and as a research fellow at the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig. Within that position, she researched international river basin organisations in southern Africa and their role in processes of adaptation to changing environmental conditions. During her doctoral studies, she worked as a lecturer at the Global and European Studies Institute at the University of Leipzig. At the Centre for Area Studies, after successfully completing her dissertation, she received a one-year scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to work on a research proposal.
Sabine also has working experience as a junior consultant within the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and as a research assistant at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Leipzig. She completed a range of voluntary positions, including at the Environmental Conservation Trust in Uganda and the Kibbutz Mazzuva in Israel.
Sabine completed her doctoral studies in political science at the University of Leipzig with a dissertation on international river basin organisations. Her dissertation was supported with a scholarship from the Foundation of German Business. Prior to that, she completed a Magister in African Studies, Political Science and Education at the University of Leipzig and at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.