Dr. Karsten Schulz

Country of current residence

The Netherlands

Current position

Assistant Professor Political Science



Website current institute
Previous positions

2015-2018 Faculty of Regional & Environmental Sciences, University of Trier


Political Scientist

Degrees / expertise

Magister Artium, Political Science (University of Bonn)

Advisor at ZEF


Schulz, K..  2017.  Institutional Pathways to Transformative Climate Change Adaptation in Ghana.  Doctoral thesis at  Faculty of Arts, University of Bonn.  Further Information


Schulz, K. and R. Siriwardane.  2016.  The Risk Frontier: Perceiving Social Transformations in Rural and Peri-urban West Africa Through a Territorial Lens.  In: Yaro, J.A. and Hesselberg, J. (eds.) (eds.): Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability in Rural West Africa. Springer.   171-189.  Further Information


Patterson, James, Karsten Schulz, Joost Vervoort, Carolina Adler, Margot Hurlbert, Sandra van der Hel, Andreas Schmidt, Aliyu Barau, Pedi Obani, Mahendra Sethi, Nina Hissen, Mark Tebboth, Karen Anderton, Susanne Börner, and Oscar Widerberg.  2015.  'Transformations towards sustainability'. Emerging approaches, critical reflections, and a research agenda.  Earth System Governance Working Paper No. 34, Lund and Amsterdam   . (Open Access)   Download [PDF]
Schulz, K. and Siriwardane R.  2015.  Depoliticised and Technocratic? Normativity and the Politics of Transformative Adaptation.  Earth System Governance Working Paper No. 33, Lund and Amsterdam   . (Open Access)   Download [PDF | 172.67KB]
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Schulz, K. and Siriwardane, R.  2014.  Normative or Transformative? Re-evaluating the paradoxes of localism and reliance in community-based adaptation thinking.  Presented at the Norwich Conference on Earth Systems Governance: Access and Allocation in the Anthropocene, 1-3 July 2014, (Norwich, UK)   .
Schulz, K. and Siriwardane, R.  2014.  Transformative discourses in climate change adaptation research: conceptual reflections on the role of localism and culture.  Presented at the Conference "Political Geographies of Development, Risk and Securitization", 30. Sep.- 2 Oct. 2014 , (Bonn, Germany)   .


Schulz, K.  2013.  Der Einfluss von Institutionen auf Klimarisiken und soziale Vulnerabilität in Nord-Ghana.  Presentation at "Deutscher Geographentag", 2.-8. Oct. 2013, (Passau, Germany)   .
Schulz, K.  2013.  'Klima und Entwicklung'.  In: Ihne, Harmut / Wilhelm, Jürgen (eds.): Einführung in die Entwicklungspolitik. Lit Verlag: Berlin.   126-152.  Further Information


Schulz, K.  2011.  Linking Land and Soil to Climate Change. The UNCCD in the Context of Global Environmental Governance.  Tectum. Marburg. Download [PDF | 691.20KB]
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Additionals, Curriculum Vitae
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Research themes
  • Governance
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Human Rights
Research countries
  • Ghana
Additional information

Since December 2015: Postdoctoral Researcher with the Department of Regional and Environmental Sciences at the University of Trier, Germany


Magister Artium, Political Science (University of Bonn)

Research affiliation

Postdoctoral Researcher

Faculty of Regional and Environmental Sciences, University of Trier, Behringstraße 21, D-54286 Trier (Germany)

Doctoral research funded by

Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. and Dr. Hermann Eiselen Doctoral Programm of the Foundation fiat panis

Advisor at ZEF

Karsten Schulz

Former Junior Researcher

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Former Department :
ZEF A: Department of Political and Cultural Change

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