Katja Biedenkopf

Prof. Dr. Katja Biedenkopf

Senior Associate Researcher


Katja is Senior Associate Research Fellow at the IES, which she joined in June 2007, and Assistant Professor at the University of Leuven (Belgium) where she teaches courses on EU policy-making, global environmental politics, global politics and diplomacy, and research methods.

The focus of Katja's academic research is on the external effects of European Union environmental and climate policy, carbon pricing, global environmental governance and climate diplomacy. She particularly zooms in on chemicals, electronic waste and climate policy. Recent publications include:

  • Biedenkopf, Katja, Sarah Van Eynde and Hayley Walker. 2017. Policy Infusion Through Capacity Building and Project Interaction: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading in China. Global Environmental Politics 17 (3): 91–114.
  • Biedenkopf, Katja. 2017. Gubernatorial Entrepreneurship and United States Federal-State Interaction: The Case of Subnational Regional Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 35 (8): 1378–1400.
  • Biedenkopf, Katja, Patrick Müller, Peter Slominski and Jørgen Wettestad. 2017. A Global Turn to Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading? Experiments, Actors, and Diffusion. Global Environmental Politics 17 (3): 1-11.
  • Adelle, Camilla, Katja Biedenkopf and Diarmuid Torney (eds.). 2018. European Union External Environmental Policy: Rules, Regulation and Governance Beyond Borders. Cham. Palgrave Macmillan.

Previously, Katja 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 Free University Berlin (Germany). She held a visiting fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC (United States) and a Fulbright Schuman fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley (United States). 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).