About BTS
PhD Candidates
Dr. Susanne Schmeier
Personal Data | CV | Dissertation Topic | Further Research Interests | Stipends and Awards

1. Personal Data


2. CV

Since 03/2014: Coordinator, Transboundary Water Management, Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

2008-2012: Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies/Hertie School of Goverance, PhD/Dr. rer.pol.

2001-2007: Universität Leipzig, International Relations/International Law (Minors: Economics, Chinese)

2004-2005: Institute d'Etudes Politiques Paris (Sciences Po), MA Student, International Relations/Development


3. Dissertation Topic

"Governing International Waters – How River Basin Organizations Contribute to Effectively Governing Internationally Shared Rivers and Lakes"


4. Further Research Interests

Sustainable natural resources governance
(Transboundary) water resources management
River Basin Organizations
Institutional change and institutional reform processes
Adaptation to environmental change

5. Stipends and Awards

2012 Global Water Forum Emerging Scholars Award
Finalist with a Research Paper on “Opening the Black Box of River Basin Organizations”

2010/2011 Free University Berlin, Dahlem Research School (DRS)

Various travel grants for field research and conference participation abroad

2009 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
3-months Visiting Research Scholarship for Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

2008 Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS)
Full scholarship for a 3-year PhD-program at the BTS (2008-2011)

2008 German National Merit Foundation and DAAD
Carlo-Schmid-Program for International Organizations and EU Institutions (CSP), co- financing assignment at the World Bank in Operations Team of CSRRM

2006 DAAD
Scholarship for Internships at German Embassies, German Embassy in Hanoi/Vietnam

2003 German National Merit Foundation
Scholarship for the Trier Summer School on Chinese Language and Politics

6. Publications (selected)

Pohl, B., Carius, A., Conca, K., Dabelko, G., Kramer, A., Michel, D., Schmeier, S., Swain, A. & Wolf, A. (2014): The Rise of Hydro-Diplomacy. Strengthening foreign policy for transboundary waters, Berlin: Federal Foreign Office/Adelphi: http://www.adelphi.de/files/en/publications/application/pdf/the_rise_of_hydro-diplomacy.pdf

Bach H., Glennie P., Taylor R., Clausen T., Holzwarth F., Jensen K., Meija A. & Schmeier S. (2014): Cooperation for Water, Energy and Food Security in Transboundary Basins under Changing Climate, Mekong River Commission, Vientiane: http://www.mrcmekong.org/assets/Publications/conference/MRC-intl-conf-publ-2014.pdf

Schmeier, S. (2014): River Basin Organizations lost in Translation? Transboundary River Basin Governance between Science and Policy, Bogardi, J. et al. (eds): The Global Water System in the Anthropocene. Challenges for Science and Governance, Berlin: Springer, 369-383: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-07548-8_24#

Schmeier, S. (2013): Effektives Management grenzüberschreitender Flussgebiete – die Rolle von Flussgebietskommissionen, Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, 57, 4, 179-184

Schmeier, S. (2013): Governing International Watercourses. The Contribution of River Basin Organizations to the Effective Governance of Internationally Shared Rivers and Lakes, London: Routledge: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415623582/

Heikkila, T., Gerlak, A., Bell, A. & Schmeier, S. (2013): Adaptation by a river basin organization: three cases of trigger and adaptive response within the Mekong River Commission, Environmental Science and Policy, 25, 1, 73-82

Schmeier, S. & Schulze, S. (2012): Governing Environmental Change in International River Basins – The Role of River Basin Organizations, International Journal of River Basin Management, 10, 3, 229-244

Schmeier, S. (2012): Navigating Cooperation beyond the Absence of Conflict: Mapping Determinants for the Effectiveness of River Basin Organizations, International Journal for Sustainable Societies, Special Issue: Water Wars in the 21st Century, 4, 1-2, 11-27: http://inderscience.metapress.com/content/54vqk770r3125772/

Schmeier, S. (2011): Resilience to Climate Change Induced Challenges in the Mekong River Basin. The Role of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), World Bank Water Working Note, May 2011: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2011/05/14187896/resilience-climate-change-induced-challenges-mekong-river-basin-role-mrc

Schmeier, S. (2009): Regional Cooperation Efforts in the Mekong River Basin: Mitigating river-related security threats and promoting regional development, Austrian Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, ASEAS, 2, 2, 28-52
The BTS is financially supported by:
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, German Academic Exchange Service
Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung
Einstein Stiftung Berlin, Einstein Foundation Berlin
DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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