Projects per year
Areas of Expertise
Carbon Emissions, International Politics of Climate Change, Climate Change, Climate Change Governance, International Development
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.
Heike Schroeder is Professor of Environmental Governance at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. Her work focuses on global environmental politics, forest governance and REDD+, the international climate negotiations, non-state actors, urban climate governance, indigenous peoples/knowledge and sustainable development, transformative learning, trust and sustainable food governance. She is PI of the Indigenous-International Interactions for Sustainable Development (INDIS) project. She is also a member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and a lead faculty member of the Earth System Governance project. Heike was a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam in 2019.
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).
Key Research Interests
Heike's research interests include global environmental politics, forest governance and REDD+, the international climate negotiations, indigenous peoples/knowledge and sustainable development, transformative learning, trust, sustainable food governance and planetary health.
1. Indigenous peoples/knowledge and sustainable development
This project seeks to explore and facilitate the ways in which indigenous knowledge can inform international responses to the adverse effects of climate change and resource extraction specifically, and support sustainable, equitable and inclusive growth and development generally.
2. 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.
3. 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+.
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.
Modules I teach on
Perspectives on Globalisation
Climate Change and Development II: Governance, Policy and Society
Globalised Agriculture and Food Systems
PhD supervision interests
Indigenous peoples/knowledge and global issues/sustainable development
Trust, knowledge, mindsets and global/local governance
Global environmental politics/issues (including food/nutrition, plastics, POPs and mining)
Planetary health and rewilding
International climate negotiations/governance
Transformations and transformative learning for sustainability
Current PhD students
Xian Li, UEA/SUSTech
Jana Hofmann, UEA
Jing Tian, UEA
Past PhD students
Karen Anderton, Oxford
Lucy Baker, UEA
Wei Shen, UEA
Sabine Dauth, UEA
Yuli Shan, UEA
Yang Xia, UEA
Susan Conlon, UEA
Heran Zheng, UEA
Ursula Flossmann-Kraus, UEA
Lorraine Dongo, UEA
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, Free University of Berlin
… → 2003
Master of Arts, University of Bonn
… → 2000
Bachelor of Arts, University of East Anglia
… → 1996
Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
2019 → …
Lead Faculty member, Earth System Governance project
2018 → …
Member of climate change reviewer panel, Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning
2018 → …
- Carbon emissions
- International development
- Environmental Politics
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- 15 Finished
1/09/19 → 30/06/20
Arora, A. & Schroeder, H., 6 May 2022, In: Energy, Sustainability and Society. 12, 19.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Downloads (Pure)
Schroeder, H. & Kobayashi, Y., 14 May 2021, The Impacts of Climate Change. Elsevier, p. 479-489 11 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Creating space for reflection and dialogue: Examples of new modes of communication for empowering climate actionFraude, C., Bruhn, T., Stasiak, D., Wamsler, C., Mar, K., Schäpke, N., Schroeder, H. & Lawrence, M., 22 Oct 2021, In: Gaia. 30, 3, p. 174-180 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Citations (Scopus)9 Downloads (Pure)
Building authority and legitimacy in transnational climate change governance: Evidence from the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task ForceDi Gregorio, M., Massarella, K., Schroeder, H., Brockhaus, M. & Pham, T. T., Sep 2020, In: Global Environmental Change. 64, 102126.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile11 Citations (Scopus)8 Downloads (Pure)
Enabling new mindsets and transformative skills for negotiating and activating climate action: Lessons from UNFCCC conferences of the partiesWamsler, C., Schäpke, N., Fraude, C., Stasiak, D., Bruhn, T., Lawrence, M., Schroeder, H. & Mundaca, L., 1 Oct 2020, In: Environmental Science & Policy. 112, p. 227-235 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile31 Citations (SciVal)10 Downloads (Pure)
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