Nadine Schröder


I am interested in especially water and soil issues from a governance perspective as well as from a technical point of view. I have a background in both of them due to my master studies (Integrated natural resource management/ Environmental engineering). I enjoy getting new perspectives especially on dimensions of environmental sciences through interdisciplinary work.

In my PhD I investigate how polycentric governance structures influence the local implementation of the EU Water Framework: how river basin management is realized, how sector integration functions, how the public participates in those processes and how the structure and processes relate to the implementation progress. I focus on water governance cases from several German Bundesländer which follow different implementation strategies.



04/2016-05/2016 Visiting Scholar at Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (Indiana University Bloomington) funded by Hans-Böckler-Foundation and IRI THESys

Since 04/ 2015 Member of the IRI THESys Graduate Program (Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Since 01/2015 PhD on „Polycentricity and the Implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in Germany“ (since 04/2017 at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Research Group Governance, Participation & Sustainability) funded by Hans-Böckler-Foundation (since 04/2016)

04/2011 – 02/2015 Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at Technische Universität Berlin (Thesis: „Untersuchung zur Belastung des Halensee unter Berücksichtigung möglicher diffuser Stoffeinträge“)

10/2010 – 08/2014 Master of Science in Integrated Natural Resource Management at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Thesis: “Die Umsetzung der Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Berlin und Hamburg. Vergleich der Ansätze zur Maßnahmenausarbeitung. Der Einfluss lokaler Bedingungen.“) funded by Hans-Böckler-Foundation

08/2009-09/2009 Internship on environmental policy and public participation at Department of Environmental Science and Technology at Tokyo Institute of Technology

06/2009-08/2009 International Summer Campus at Korea University (Seoul, South Korea)

03/2009-06/2009 Internship on oil spills and river renaturation at Department of Environment and Ecology of Chungnam Development Institute (Gongju, South Korea)

10/2008 – 12/2011 Bachelor of Science Environmental Engineering at Technische Universität Berlin (Thesis: „Möglichkeiten der Depositionsmessung von Gasen, Aerosolen und Niederschlägen“)

10/2007 – 12/2010 Bachelor of Arts East Asian Studies / Korean Studies with minor in Political Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin (Thesis: „’Lessons Learned’ – Öl-Katastrophen in Korea und Japan: Hebei Spirit und Nakhodka“) funded by Hans-Böckler-Foundation


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Schröder, N. J. S. (2019). IWRM through WFD Implementation? Drivers for Integration in Polycentric Water Governance Systems. Water, 11(5), 1063. [Free Open Access Content].


Özerol, G., Vinke-de Kruijf, J., Brisbois, M. C., Flores, C. C., Deekshit, P., Girard, C., Knieper, C., Mirnezami, S. J., Ortega-Reig, M., Ranjan, P., Schröder, N. J. S., & Schröter, B. (2018). Comparative studies of water governance: a systematic review. Ecology and Society, 23(4), 43. [Free Open Access Content].

Schröder, N. J. S. (2018). The Lens of Polycentricity: Identifying polycentric governance systems illustrated through examples from the field of water governance. Environmental Policy and Governance, 28(4).


Schröder, N. J. S. (2014): Die Umsetzung der Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Berlin und Hamburg – Vergleich der Ansätze zur Maßnahmenausarbeitung. Der Einfluss lokaler Bedingungen. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Available at



Organizer: International Workshop on “Rethinking the Governance of European Water Protection” at UFZ Leipzig, 8th-9th January 2019              

Presentation on World Water Day, WFD Review Seminar of Grüne Liga, Berlin, 22nd March 2019