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Heike Schroeder

Professor of Environmental Governance


She examines the international politics of climate change at global, national and regional levels.







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Heike Schroeder is Professor of Climate Change Governance in the School of International Development at UEA. She examines the international politics of climate change at global, national and regional levels. She has attended several international summits on climate change and written about the negotiations process. She has also studied particular cities in how they are addressing climate change and looked at a range of interest groups and agencies that are involved in climate change initiatives.

A specific area of study is REDD+ – partnerships that are working to reduce emissions through funding for preventing deforestation and forest degradation. She has also been working with indigenous communities in areas (such as Uganda, Bolivia and Papua New Guinea) where there is significant climate change in order to help them set out their visions on tackling environmental needs and present these to their governments. Heike worked at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Areas of Expertise

Carbon EmissionsInternational Politics of Climate ChangeClimate ChangeClimate Change GovernanceInternational Development


Free University of Berlin

Ph.D., Political Science


Bonn University

M.A., Political Science, Economics and Japanese Studies


University of East Anglia

B.A., Contemporary European Studies with Japanese language



  • Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies: 2019 to present
  • Lead Faculty member, Earth System Governance project: 2018 to present
  • Member of climate change reviewer panel for The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning: 2018 to present

Media Appearances

Are REDD+ donors learning quickly and deeply enough to make a difference?

Center for International Forestry Research  online


Researchers decided to take a new approach, investigating the perspective of donors from the Global North to complement studies focused on program beneficiaries in the Global South, said Heike Schroeder, a researcher at Britain’s University of East Anglia.

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Building authority and legitimacy in transnational climate change governance: Evidence from the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force | Global Environmental Change


Transnational climate change initiatives have increased in number and relevance within the global climate change regime. Despite being largely welcomed, there are concerns about their ability to deliver ambitious climate action and about their democratic legitimacy. This paper disentangles the nature of both authority and legitimacy of a specific form of transnational networks, transgovernmental networks of subnational governments.

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Enabling new mindsets and transformative skills for negotiating and activating climate action: Lessons from UNFCCC conferences of the parties | Environmental Science & Policy


Technological and policy solutions for transitioning to a fossil-free society exist, many countries could afford the transition, and rational arguments for rapid climate action abound. Yet effective action is still lacking. Dominant policy approaches have failed to generate action at anywhere near the rate, scale or depth needed to avoid potentially catastrophic futures.

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The Earth System Governance Project as a network organization: a critical assessment after ten years | Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability


The social sciences have engaged since the late 1980s in international collaborative programmes to study questions of sustainability and global change. This article offers an in-depth analysis of the largest long-standing social-science network in this field: the Earth System Governance Project.

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Bridging knowledge divides: the case of indigenous ontologies of territoriality and REDD+ | Forest Policy and Economics


This study examines traditional indigenous ontologies of territoriality based on a number of indigenous communities in Bolivia and Colombia to show how they can inform effective implementation of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation plus sustainable forest management, forest conservation and enhancing forest carbon stock).

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The Evolution of the UNFCCC | Annual Review of Environment and Resources


This article takes stock of the evolution of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through the prism of three recent shifts: the move away from targeting industrial country emissions in a legally binding manner under the Kyoto Protocol to mandating voluntary contributions from all countries under the Paris Agreement; the shift from the top-down Kyoto architecture to the hybrid Paris outcome; and the broadening out from a mitigation focus under Kyoto to a triple goal comprising mitigation, adaptation, and finance under Paris.

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