Heike Schroeder is a senior lecturer in climate change and international development at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. Her work focuses on global environmental politics, forest governance and REDD+, the role of non-nation state actors in the current post-2012 negotiating process and urban climate governance. She is also a coordinator of the governance theme in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and a member of the Scientific Steering Group of the long-term international research project on Earth System Governance under the auspices of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). Heike currently holds senior visiting research associate positions at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University and the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.
From 2007 to 2011, Heike was a Tyndall senior research fellow and an Oxford Martin senior fellow in forest governance at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. From 2003 to 2007, she was a researcher at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as the Executive Officer of a 10-year international research project on the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC), a core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). The IDGEC project examined the roles institutions play in the human/environment interface. The project's findings are documented in the book Institutions and Environmental Change, edited by Young, King, and Schroeder (MIT Press).
Heike holds a PhD from the Free University of Berlin (2003) in political science, an MA from Bonn University (2000) in political science, economics and Japanese studies, and a BA from the University of East Anglia (1996) in Contemporary European Studies. She was awarded a DAAD/Monbusho scholarship (2000-02) to conduct doctoral research at the University of Tokyo and a Bonn University Exchange Scholarship (1994/95) for a year abroad at the University of East Anglia.
CV and Experience
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Assessment of socioeconomic costs to China’s air pollutionFull Text UEA Repository
Why equity is fundamental in climate change policy researchFull Text
Institutional Accountability of Nonstate Actors in the UNFCCC: Exit, Voice, and LoyaltyFull Text UEA Repository
Towards a culture of low-carbon research for the 21st Century
Governing access and allocation in the AnthropoceneFull Text
Beyond Carbon: Ensuring Justice and Equity in REDD+ Across Levels of Governance
Novel multisector networks and entrepreneurship: The role of small businesses in the multilevel governance of climate changeFull Text UEA Repository
REDD+ and social justice: Adaptation by Way of Mitigation?UEA Repository
Going beyond two degrees? The risks and opportunities of alternative optionsFull Text UEA Repository
Global land governance: from territory to flow?Full Text UEA Repository
Novel multisector networks and entrepreneurship in urban climate governanceFull Text
Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System GovernanceFull Text UEA Repository
Transforming governance and institutions for global sustainability: key insights from the Earth System Governance ProjectFull Text UEA Repository
Global cities and the politics of climate changeUEA Repository
Operationalizing social safeguards in REDD+: Actors, interests and ideasFull Text UEA Repository
Multiactor governance and environmentFull Text UEA Repository
The role of non-nation-state actors and side events in the international climate negotiationsFull Text UEA Repository
Equity and State Representations in Climate NegotiationsFull Text UEA Repository
Enabling the transition to a low carbon climate resilient economy in Asian citiesUEA Repository
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Key Research Interests
Heike's research interest lies in understanding how national boundaries can be bridged to solve trans-national or global environmental problems, and how local, national, and international levels of jurisdiction differ in their abilities to solve such problems.
At the core of her work lies a focus on how institutions – sets of rights, rules and decision-making procedures – matter in causing and addressing problems arising from human/environment interactions (Young, King and Schroeder 2008) and how traditional government practices are often ill-equipped to meet the challenges from large-scale environmental change. It requires a system of governance that transcends national boundaries, links different levels of governance and enables traditional and non-traditional policy actors to play their parts. This new earth system governance approach emphasises the interrelated and increasingly integrated system of formal and informal rules, rule-making systems and actor networks at all levels of governance that are set up to steer societies towards preventing, mitigating and adapting to global environmental change (Biermann et al.2009; 2010a; 2010b).
1. Forest governance
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) has rapidly become a key pillar of international cooperation on climate change. A host of state and non-state actors at all levels of governance have entered this emerging policy field. This conference takes stock of developments to date and discusses the role of justice and equity in current debates on REDD+. Its particular aim is to discuss the limits and opportunities in deriving co-benefits from REDD+ activities.
This project includes both analysis of the international REDD+ negotiations and field work on local REDD+ projects. It addresses the changing positions and strategies of international environmental NGOs on REDD+; making sense of who influenced the broadening of REDD to include forest management and conservation activities under REDD+; the design of social safeguards; and multilevel governance of REDD+ in practice.
2. Non-state actors and climate change
This research programme consists of two interlinked projects, which focus on the role of non-state actors in multilateral climate diplomacy as well as non-state climate governance in the transnational arena.
This project investigates how civil society participation in the climate negotiations is being managed, and what impact non-state actors have through being on national delegations. It also addresses how side events function as a marketplace of ideas and how they get diffused into the formal negotiations, exemplified by the case of REDD+.
3. Cities and climate change
This project argues for an expansion of the urban climate change research agenda to include an examination of the drivers of emerging partnerships and for theorizing the emerging role of SMEs in the wider context of non-state actors. It theorizes SMEs as agents of change in the multi-level governance of climate change, and cities as niche spaces in which sustainable development paths might be explored. Using the cases of Metro Vancouver, Canada, and London, UK, the project examines the drivers of emerging partnerships between various levels of government and small businesses in the interests of climate change mitigation.
Course Co-Director for
- Yuli Shan, UEA
- Yang Xia, UEA
- Sabine Dauth, UEA – the role of market based mechanisms in addressing climate change
- Susan Conlon, UEA – Perceptions and responses to environmental change in Peru
- Ursula Flossmann-Kraus, UEA – Governance of adaptation finance
- Andre Santos, UEA – CDM, sustainable development and the Brazilian agricultural sector
- Wei Shen, UEA - renewable energy and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in China (completed)
- Lucy Baker, UEA - Governance of clean energy in South Africa (completed)
- Karen Anderton, Oxford - Sub-national government responses to reducing the climate impact of cars (completed)
- Raphael Danglade, UEA 2014
- Lorraine Dongo, UEA 2014
- Noel Healy, UEA 2014
- Killian Raiser, UEA 2014
- Anna Perez Catala, UEA 2014
- Asami Taga, UEA 2014
- Hannah Betts, UEA 2013
- Timothy Damon, UEA 2013
- Adelaide Glover, UEA 2013
- Mizuki Kitagawa, UEA 2013
- Luanna Ramalho, UEA 2013
- Keane Gruending, UEA 2012
- Aya Naito, UEA 2012
- Ji Xia, UEA 2012
- Nsikan-George Emana, UEA 2012
- Hyunjin Kim, Oxford 2011
- Sam Davidson, Oxford 2010
- Daphne Liew, Oxford 2010
- Leon Westby (distinction), Oxford 2010
- David Aitken (distinction), Oxford 2009
- Emma Doherty (distinction), Oxford 2009
- Lysete Hernandez, Oxford 2009
- Sofia Shellard, Oxford 2009
- Elizabeth Anderson, Oxford 2008
- Joy Bailey, Oxford 2008
- Shu Yi Chu (distinction), Oxford 2008
- Jonathan Gaventa (distinction and best dissertation), Oxford 2008
- Daniela Rey, Oxford 2008
- Henry Dudman, UEA 2015
- Benjamin Pollock, UEA 2015
- Robert White, UEA 2014
- William Pasang, UEA 2013