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Dr. Kathrin Stephen

Cohort 2009

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse & Prof. Oran Young, PhD

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Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

Scientific Project Leader, Senior Fellow, Contributing Writer

Kathrin Stephen is Scientific Project Leader at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, where she leads the Arctic research project GloCAST (Global Change and Arctic Sustainable Transformations). GloCAST uses the Arctic as a prominent case to illustrate interrelations between global and regional change processes and between stakeholders from within and outside the Arctic. Kathrin received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the BTS in 2013. In her dissertation she researched the international politics of the Arctic, with a focus on international regimes and institutions in the areas of energy, shipping and fishing. She is Senior Fellow of The Arctic Institute - Center for Circumpolar Security Studies where she regularly writes about and comments on current Arctic developments. Further, Kathrin is part of the German observer delegation to the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council. She has taught at universities in Berlin and Potsdam.

Title of the PhD Thesis

Cooperation and Conflict in the Arctic - The Cases of Energy, Shipping and Fishing.

Professional Fields of Expertise

Think Tank


University Teaching

International Organizations

Freie Universität Berlin
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