Katja Biedenkopf

Prof. Dr. Katja Biedenkopf

Senior Associate Researcher


Katja is Senior Associate Research Fellow at the IES, which she joined in June 2007. She is also Assistant Professor at the University of Leuven (Belgium) where she teaches courses on EU policy-making, global environmental politics and research methods. Previously, she worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). In 2011-2012, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the KFG 'The Transformative Power of Europe' at the Free University Berlin (Germany). The focus of Katja's academic research is on global governance and the external effects of EU environmental policy, in particular chemicals, electronic waste and climate policy.

Katja studied political science at Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (Germany), University of Technology Sydney (Australia) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). She holds a Masters degree from College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). From 2005 to 2007, she worked as EU Affairs Manager at a trade association representing high-tech companies where she dealt with environmental and consumer protection policy.