Katharine's research interests evolve around the governance of climate change. At the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), her PhD is on learning in policy-making. She examines to what extent learning occurs in the policy process of integrating climate change objectives into other sectoral policies such as energy, transport, agriculture and economic development. Her analysis takes a multilevel perspective with a focus on the European level, but also involves the domestic level and multilateral negotiations such as those within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Katharine receives a PhD scholarship as Murmann Fellow funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. At LSE, she is supervised by Dr Richard Perkins and Dr Michael Mason (review supervisor).
Katharine holds an MA degree in Political Science, Economics and International Law, with a concentration in International Relations and Environmental Economics from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich (LMU Munich). She also holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Regulation (Distinction) and the full Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Katharine also studied International Business and Trade at American University in Washington DC, USA, and Zhejiang University in China.
Katharine is Graduate Teaching Assistant in LSE's Geography and Environment Department in Environmental Governance and contributes as Research Assistant to the GLOBE climate change legislation study at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. She is also Research Fellow at the Earth System Governance Network.
Previously, Katharine worked as Research Assistant at the Grantham Research Institute with Michael Jacobs on climate diplomacy and green growth with a focus on India and the European Union. At the LSE Government Department she was contributor and Project Administrator to the research project Sustainable RIO on sustainable development in the EU, a three year joint initiative between LSE, Sciences Po Paris and Free University Berlin. Sustainable RIO was funded by the European Community under the 7th Framework Programme. Katharine was also Research Assistant at the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) in the European Union Research Group and Teaching Fellow in the Political Science Department (Chair of International Politics) at LMU Munich.
Her non-academic work experience includes the Directorate General for Climate Action at the European Commission, the World Bank's Development Gateway Foundation in Washington DC, the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, BMW and the Green Party in the Bavarian Parliament. She was President of an educational non-governmental organisation (NGO).
Learning in policy making;
Climate policy integration;
Global environmental governance;
International climate change politics: challenges and opportunities
Katharina Rietig, e-International Relations, 1 August
Forthcoming. Sustainable climate policy integration in the European Union. Environmental Policy and Governance.
Forthcoming. Quo vadis? The state of social sciences research on climate and global environmental change in Europe. World Social Sciences Report, UNESCO (with Carolina Adler).
Rietig, K. July 2012. Climate policy integration beyond principled priority: a framework for analysis. Working Paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Leeds and London, UK. Download PDF of paper (428KB)
Rietig, K. December 2011. Public pressure versus lobbying – how do Environmental NGOs matter most in climate negotiations? Working paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper
Rietig, K. September 2011. The influence of academics as insider-nongovernmental actors in the Post-Kyoto Protocol Climate Change Negotiations: a matter of timing, network and policy-entrepreneurial capabilities. Working paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper
Rietig, K. Climate change policy in the European Union: confronting the dilemmas of mitigation and adaptation. Book review. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, v.29, pp.186-187.
with Bolewski, W. The cultural impact on China's new diplomacy. The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, v.83, pp.83-96. External link to PDF of full document