Philip Schleifer

Former Associate student

Philip Schleifer

Philip’s PhD thesis looks at accountability structures in multi-stakeholder certification schemes. Focusing on the field bioenergy regulation, he examines processes of institutional diffusion and how they generated divergence among private environmental arrangements.

The thesis is supervised by Dr Robert Falkner at the International Relations department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


Philip holds a Master in International Relations (Distinction) from Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, and University of Potsdam. He also holds a Bachelor in Political Science from University Bremen and studied Political Philosophy at Université Vincenne-Saint-Denis Paris.

Philip is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the LSE International Relations Department and teaches International Political Economy at the LSE Summer School. Currently, Philip works in the research project Sustainable RIO. Funded by the EU under the FP7 Framework, Sustainable RIO is a joint project of LSE, Sciences-Po Paris, and Free University Berlin.

Before joining LSE, Philip worked as a Carlo Schmid Fellow at the Better Factories Cambodia Project of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Phnom Penh. His non-academic work experience furthermore includes the German Embassy in London, the Foundation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) in Paris, and the Institute of Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) in Bremen.

Research interests

  • The institutional design of market-based mechanisms in private environmental governance.