Dr Katharine Rietig
Lecturer in International Politics
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PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science, 'Learning in Governance: The Role of Policy Entrepreneurs in European Climate Policy Integration' (2014)
Magister Artium in Political Science, Economics and International Law (distinction equivalent), Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (2011)
MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation (with distinction), London School of Economics and Political Science (2010)
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (full), London School of Economics and Political Science (2012)
Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (2013)
Certificate in Research Supervision, De Montfort University (2014)
Institutional Responsibilities and External Activities
Chair of Outreach Committee, International Studies Association - Environmental Studies Section (2018/19)
International Exchange and Erasmus Coordinator, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University (since 2016)
Widening Participation Coordinator for Politics, School of GPS, Newcastle University (2016/17)
Peer-reviewer for Review of International Organization, International Studies Review, International Environmental Agreements, the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Environmental Politics, Politics, Routledge and Oxford University Press
Member of International Studies Association, International Public Policy Association, International Political Science Association
Research Fellow at the Earth System Governance Network (since 2011)
Co-Chair of LSE Interdisciplinary Research Conference (2013)
Reviewer and Evaluator, FIBAA, German Higher Education Accreditation and Quality Assurance Agency (2010-13)
Before joining Newcastle University in 2015, I was Lecturer in Politics and Research Methods at the Politics and Public Policy Department at De Montfort University Leicester and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Governance of Sustainable Pathways at the University of Leeds. I taught Environmental Governance, Environmental Management and Research Methods at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and contributed to research projects on Sustainable Development in the European Union (LSE Government Department) as well as on climate change legislation and diplomacy at the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment/ Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.
My non-academic work experience includes the European Commission (Directorate General for Climate Action), the German Foreign Office and the World Bank's Development Gateway Foundation.
My research sits at the intersection of International Relations/ Global Governance and Public Policy. It evolves around the governance of socio-technical transitions to low carbon economies, with a special focus on new technologies in energy and transport that allow us to address climate change as a key challenge of the 21st century.
My work focuses on three factors that can facilitate such sustainable transitions:
- Evaluating the influence of non-state actors, including scientists, NGOs, cities and business networks as well as the use of scientific knowledge in policymaking on the national, EU and global governance levels
- Examine how controversies about techno-scientific challenges emerge and how they can be addressed to achieve breakthroughs in negotiations, e.g. via learning and leadership
- Assess the interdependence between scientific findings, public concern about related societal challenges and policy change, e.g. how public opinion on new low carbon technologies and policymakers' perception of public concern influences and shapes innovation policies on the national, EU and global level
I am interested in supervising PhD/ research projects related to international organizations (EU, UN), non-state actors, public policy-making, environmental and climate change governance.
Since 2009, I have been regularly participating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations (e.g. in Copenhagen 2009, Paris 2015, Marrakech 2016 and several inter-sessional meetings in Bonn). I participated in the Roundtable on Green Growth discussions, meetings of the Research and Independent Non Governmental Organizations, presented my research findings on improving the effectiveness of non-state actor participation in international climate change negotiations and co-organised a number of panel discussions (side events).
In 2012, I participated in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO 20) in Rio de Janeiro/ Brazil.
British Academy Small Research Grant 2017/19 (PI) on non-state actor leadership in transitioning to a low carbon economy (£9,800)
ESRC Impact Accelerator Account 2016/18 (PI) on improving the effectiveness of non-state actor participation in international climate change negotiations (£9,650)
Newcastle University 2017/18 (PI) Small Research Grant on the role of non-state actors in increasing climate policy stability (£1,000)
Newcastle University 2015/17 (PI); two Small Research Grants on the influence of learning among actors in international climate change negotiations (£2,000)
De Montfort University 2014/15 (PI); Grant on non-negotiation settings in climate negotiations (£1,500)
London School of Economics and Political Science Annual Fund 2013 (Co-Organiser); award for LSE Interdisciplinary Research Conference (£5,000)
External travel and conference grants from e.g. British Council, EU, Robert Bosch Foundation 2007-17 (~£12,000)
Murmann Fellow, Foundation of German Business/ German Ministry of Education and Research 2012/13; research grant for PhD at LSE (~£25,000)
London School of Economics and Political Science 2011/12; PhD research grant (£8,000)
German Academic Exchange Service DAAD 2010/11; PhD research grant (~£10,000)
Murmann Fellow, SdW/ German Ministry of Education and Research 2007-10; scholarship for M.A. at LMU Munich and semester abroad in China (~£40,000)
German Academic Exchange Service DAAD 2007; scholarship for semester abroad at American University, Washington D.C. (~£8,500)
POL3110: International Organization and Diplomacy (module leader)
POL3046: UG Dissertation
2015-17: POL8098: PGR MA Dissertation (module leader)
2015-17: POL8099: PGT MA Dissertation (module leader)
2015/16: POL3063: European Union Decision Making Simulation (UG, Newcastle)
2014/15: Introduction to Politics (UG, DMU Leicester, module leader)
2014/15: Political Analysis (UG, DMU Leicester)
2014/15: Managing the Environment (UG, DMU Leicester, module leader)
2013/14: Environmental Governance and Sustainability (PG, Leeds)
2011-13: Environmental Governance (UG, London School of Economics)
2010/11: Environmental Management (UG, London School of Economics)
2010/11: European Environmental and Climate Change Policy (UG, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich)
2008-11: Model United Nations preparation programme for Harvard WorldMUN (UG, LMU Munich)
- Rietig K. The Link between Contested Knowledge, Beliefs and Learning in European Climate Governance: From Consensus to Conflict in Reforming Biofuels Policy. Policy Studies Journal 2018, 46(1), 137-159.
- Rietig K, Perkins R. Does Learning Matter for Policy Outcomes? The Case of Integrating Climate Finance into the EU Budget. Journal of European Public Policy 2017, (ePub ahead of print).
- Rietig K. Learning in the European Commission's Renewable Energy Policy-Making and Climate Governance. In: Claire A. Dunlop, Claudio M. Radaelli, Philipp Trein, ed. Learning in Public Policy: Analysis, Modes, Outcomes. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp.51-74.
- Rietig K, Laing T. Policy Stability in Climate Governance: The Case of the United Kingdom. Environmental Policy and Governance 2017. In Press.
- Rietig K. The Power of Strategy: Environmental NGO Influence in International Climate Negotiations. Global Governance 2016, 22(2), 268-288.
- Rietig K. ‘Neutral’ Experts? How Input of Scientific Expertise Matters in International Environmental Negotiations. Policy Sciences 2014, 47(2), 141-160.
- Rietig K. Reinforcement of Multilevel Governance Dynamics: Creating Momentum for Increasing Ambitions in International Climate Negotiations. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 2014, 14(4), 371-389.
- Rietig K. Sustainable Climate Policy Integration in the European Union. Environmental Policy and Governance 2013, 23(5), 297-310.
- Nachmany M, Fankhauser S, Townshend T, Collins M, Landesman T, Matthews A, Pavese C, Rietig K, Schleifer P, Setzer J. The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study: A Review of Climate Change Legislation in 66 Countries. Fourth Edition. London, UK: GLOBE International and the Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2014.
- Adler C, Rietig K. Quo Vadis? The State of Social Sciences Research on Climate and Global Environmental Change in Europe. Paris: UNESCO, 2013. World Social Sciences Report.