Dr. Nicole M. Schmidt

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Heidelberg University
Institute of Political Science
Bergheimer Str. 58, Room 03.043
D-69115 Heidelberg


Nicole M. Schmidt studied Political Science, Economics and Slavic Studies in Heidelberg, at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, USA and at Sciences Po Paris and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in March 2014. Her MA thesis investigated discourses on climate engineering in the US, Germany and France. From December 2014 to March 2019 she was an academic assistant and lecturer at the chair of Political Science of Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun. She also worked for the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (April – November 2014 and February 2018 – March 2019) and was a fellow there from 2018 to 2019 . During her doctoral studies, she was part of numerous international research projects, including the EU-COST Action Network 'Innovations in Climate Governance' (IS1309), the project 'Assessment and Perception of Green and Open Spaces in Urban Regions in the Context of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation' funded by the Heidelberg Karlsruhe Research Partnership (HEiKA) and the FP7 project 'CUPESSE' (No. 61325). Her research focus is on comparative climate policies, particularly adaptation policies.



In her dissertation, Dr. Nicole Schmidt seeked to advance the academic debate on policy integration and coordination. Using the example of climate policy, she examined climate polices with regard to their constitutive characteristics, exploring the composition and development of more than 1,000 national climate policies between 1990 and 2017. In addition, she investigated the question of how exactly ministries cooperate with other public authorities in the context of mitigation and adaptation policies, providing a more nuanced understanding of climate policy-making processes. She completed her PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) in October 2019.



  • Schmidt, N. M. (2019): Late bloomer? Agricultural policy integration and coordination patterns in climate policies. Journal of European Public Policy. DOI:
  • Wagner, M., Mager, C., Schmidt, N.M., Kiese, N. & A. Growe (2019): Conflicts about Urban Green Spaces in Metropolitan Areas under Conditions of Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Stakeholders' Perceptions of Planning Process, Urban Science 3(1),15. DOI:
  • Tosun, J., Misic, M. & N.M. Schmidt (2019): The Public’s Perception of International Climate Leadership: Insights from the European Union. In: B. Edmondson and S. Levy (Hrsg.), Transformative Climates and Accountable Governance, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Schmidt, N. M., and A. Fleig (2018): Global Patterns of National Climate Policies: Analyzing 171 Country Portfolios on Climate Policy Integration. Environmental Science and Policy 84, 177-185. DOI:
  • Schmidt, N. M., Teschner, N. and M. Negev (2018): Scientific Advice and Administrative Traditions: The Role of Chief Scientists in Climate Change Adaptation. Review of Policy Research 35(6), 859-880. DOI: 
  • Tobin, P., Schmidt, N. M., Tosun, J. and C. Burns (2018): Mapping states' Paris climate pledges: Analysing targets and groups at COP21. Global Environmental Change 48,11-21. DOI:
  • Fleig, A., Schmidt, N. M. and J. Tosun (2017): Legislative Dynamics of Mitigation and Adaptation Framework Policies in the EU. European Policy Analysis 3, 101-124. DOI:
  • Schmidt, N. M. (2016): Review of the book "European Union and Environmental Governance", by Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer. Political Studies Review, 14(3). 
  • Schmidt, N. M. (2013): Australia and Its Swift Disaster Response Management, in: Gemenne, François, Brückner, Pauline and Ionesco, Dina. (eds.), The State of Environmental Migrations 2013. A Review of 2012, Paris.

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer for Nature Climate Change, Public Administration, Climatic Change, Global Environmental Change, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Policy Sciences, Policy & Society.
  • Conference organizer (13.479,00 €; with Paul Tobin and Jale Tosun). “Climate Governance Trends: Mitigation and Adaptation Policies”. 15-17 May 2017. INOGOV, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany.
  • External funding from Field of Focus 4 for the workshop "Climate Governance Trends: Mitigation and Adaptation Policies", joint application with Dr. Andreas Fleig and Dr. Dorothee Amelung: 1.595,80€. 

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