Ingvill Constanze Mochmann

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06 May 2020 2740 reads
RDA EU Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Prof. Dr. Ingvill Constanze Mochmann is head of the EUROLAB at GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences where she has worked since 1995. Since 2010 she is also Professor of International Politics at the CBS International Business School in Cologne, Germany, where she also held the position as Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer from 2013-2018. Ingvill graduated in comparative politics, economics and German at the University of Bergen, Norway, holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Giessen, Germany and a post-doctoral habilitation in the social sciences from the University of Cologne. In 2013-2014 she was a fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and is now an affiliated expert of HHI. Her research and publications include democracy and minority rights, children's rights and research methodology. She founded the "IG Data for Development " at the Research Data Alliance (RDA) in 2014 in 2020 she co-funded the “IG RDA for the SDGs” with the aim of compiling the overall contribution of the RDA activities to emphasise the potential of the RDA in contributing to the fulfillment of the SDGs. For full CV, see

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Achieving interoperable data to advance the SDGs requires best practices, recommendations, technologies, and support of capacity building - which is in direct alignment with many of RDA’s ongoing and upcoming outputs, recommendations, interest group, and working group activities. This is what drives the RDA for SDGs Interest group co-chaired by Ingvill. This builds on previous work under the RDa Data for Development IG, which focused on improving data collection and sharing of relevance to the general development of societies from the social sciences perspective amongst national and international NGOs and IGOs as well as researchers and governments as the access to relevant data is highly relevant for evidence-based policy-making. With the implementatiton of the UN SDGs in 2015 societal development in particular focuses on fulfilling the 17 goals by 2030 and data collection and analysis of SDG relevant indicators became core activities of governments and organisations all over the world. Many of these national and international initiatives are implementing the open science agenda, but often do not know that an organization like RDA exists which can provide case studies and recommendations on a variety of topics relevant to open science. Being a researcher with more than 25 years of experience in a research data infrastructure working with various stakeholders such as CESSDA and IFDO she is well connected in the traditional research data infrastructure world -in particular in the European/US context. Furthermore, through her own research and academic activities she has been involved in various co-operations to explore options for future collaboration on database development of relevant material to analyze the SDGs. Some examples are UN Global Compact and PRME (Principle of responsible management Education) and UN organizations in general, the Campbell collaboration, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), and Women in Global Health Norway, to name a few. In recent years, she has expanded her activities to the sub-Saharan continent and has joined and contributed to the OECD expert group on digital skills for data-intensive science.



  • Keynote on “Fulfilling the SDGs for hidden and vulnerable populations” in Oslo, Norway, 9 March 2020. Event in cooperation with Peace Research Institute Oslo, University of Oslo and Center for Global Health
  • “OECD Report “ Building digital workforce capacity and skills for data-intensive science” (oficially published 10 July 2020) - contributions as member of the expert group and co-organised OECD meeting in Cologne (October 2019) - OECD (2020), "Building digital workforce capacity and skills for data-intensive science", OECD Science, Technology and Industry Policy Papers, No. 90, OECD Publishing, Paris,
  • Member of the "Women in Global Health Norway" Advisory Board -



RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) IG 

Working sessions


  • Active contributions - especially the Social Science sub-group including co-authoring the RDA COVID-19 Working Group -Social Sciences Preservation Recommendations for Social Science Data in the RDA COVID-19 Working Group Output. Presentation at  #WeMissiPRES (23 September 2020)

Data for Development IG

Focus on supporting capacity building in East Africa connected to the SDGs IG via initiatives such as the Summer Schools in research methods and data management in Uganda 2019 and 2021 and digitised resources