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


Connect with me at:

nadine.schroeder (at)



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.                                         



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