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Friederike Hartz MSc

Friederike Hartz MSc

PhD Candidate


Friederike is an interdisciplinary researcher studying the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), its role and responsibilities in climate science and policy. Her main research interests lie in interactions at the science-policy interface. She has particular expertise in Loss & Damage (L&D) from climate change.


  • 2020-Present: PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge, funded by OOC AHRC DTP and Pembroke College
  • 2019-Present: Research Assistant, ERC-funded project "The Politics of Climate Change Loss & Damage", University College London (UCL)
  • 2014-2019: Office Assistant, German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag)
  • 2018: Intern, Loss & Damage Workstream, United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat


  • MSc in Environmental Sustainability (with Distinction), University of Edinburgh, 2019-2020
    • Thesis: "Representation of Science and Consensus-Building on the Adverse Impacts of Climate Change – The IPCC and Loss & Damage from Climate Change"
  • MSc in International Relations (with Distinction), London School of Economics and Political Science (Part of Dual Degree Programme in International Affairs), 2018-2019
    • Thesis: "Securitization and Climate Change at the Global Level – Successes, Failures and Fault Lines"
  • MA in International Security with a specialisation in Diplomacy (with Cum Laude), Sciences Po Paris (Part of Dual Degree Programme in International Affairs), 2017-2019
  • BA in Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, 2014-2017

For more information, please visit my LinkedIn page.

Awards and grants

  • OOC AHRC DTP and Pembroke College, 2020-2023
  • Best Dissertation Prize in MSc Environmental Sustainability, University of Edinburgh, 2020


Since 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced authoritative global assessments on the state of climate science guided by the principle to be policy-relevant but policy-neutral and non-prescriptive. Today, the IPCC finds itself in an increasingly complex science-policy interface in which it must reconcile policy-neutral with policy-relevant assessments of the most recent climate science and potential policy solutions. This stems from the evermore pressing need to tackle climate change and "to make the future possible" through solution- and future-oriented assessment work. Drawing on burgeoning interdisciplinary research on responsibility, this project aims to further our understanding of how the IPCC operates in and adapts to this intricate web of scientific and political demands, expectations, and responsibilities. One objective of the project is to investigate notions of responsibility perceived at the individual and collective level in the IPCC. Doing so will provide new empirical and analytical insights into the versatile roles, commitments, and motivations scientific and non-scientific actors hold at the climate science-policy interface.

External activities

  • 2021-Present: Postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS)
  • 2020-2021: Co-convenor of AHRC-DTP Research Group "Beyond the Terrestrial: Climate Change and the Blue Humanities" (BEYT)
  • 2020-Present: Member of "Geographies of Knowledge" Research Group

External Websites: AHRC; LinkedIn; Twitter