Dr. Susanne Schmeier
E-mail: schmeier@transnationalstudies.eu


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Eschborn, Germany
Coordinator, Transboundary Water Management”

Academic Experience

2011 - present          Earth System Governance Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands Research Fellow
                                           Contribute to research network’s activities on international environmental politics,
                                           including publications, joint research, projects and scientific review responsibilities

2009 - present          Oregon State University (OSU) – Department of Geosciences, Corvallis, OR, USA
                                    Fellow, previously Visiting Researcher (06/2009 – 10/2009)

2013                           Network for Sustainable Hydropower Development in the Mekong Countries, Bangkok,                                     Thailand/Vientiane, Lao PDR
                                    Trainer, Training-of-Trainers Course on Transboundary Hydropower Management

2011                           Hertie School of Governance – Master of Public Policy Program, Berlin, Germany
                                    Lecturer, MPP Course “International Environmental Institutions”

2003 - 2007               University of Leipzig/Institute for Political Science, Leipzig, Germany
                                    Research and Teaching Assistant

2006 - 2007               German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Berlin, Germany
                                    Research Assistant in Department “Security Policy in Asia and the Pacific”

2005                           Centre de Recherche sur l’Economie en Développement,Paris, France
                                    Research Assistant


2008 - 2011               Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS) – Oregon State University (OSU), Berlin, Germany
                                    PhD – Transboundary Water Management

2001 - 2007               University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
                                    MA International Relations/International Law (German Diploma), Minors: Economics, Chinese

2004 - 2005               Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris (IEP), Paris, France
                                    MA Program Development

Books and Articles (peer-reviewed, selected)

Schmeier, S., Gerlak, A. & Blumstein, S. (2015): Governing International River and Lake Basins: Clearing the Muddy Waters of international River Basin Organizations, International Environmental Agreements, 10.1007/s10784-015-9287-4, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10784-015-9287-4  

Schmeier, S. (2014): The Institutional Design of River Basin Organizations – Empirical Findings from around the World, International Journal of River Basin Management, 12, 4,

Schmeier, S. (2014): River Basin Organizations lost in Translation? Transboundary River Basin Governance between Science and Policy, Bogardi, J. et al. (eds): The Global Water System in the Anthropocene. Challenges for Science and Governance, Berlin: Springer, 369-383, http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-07548-8_24  

Gerlak, A. & Schmeier, S. (2014): Climate Change and Transboundary Waters: A Study of Discourse in the Mekong River Commission, Journal of Environment and Development, 23, 3, 358-386, http://jed.sagepub.com/content/23/3/358.abstract  

Schmeier, S. (2013): Effektives Management grenzüberschreitender Flussgebiete – die Rolle von Flussgebietskommissionen, Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, 57, 4, 179-184

Schmeier, S. (2013): Governing International Watercourses. The Contribution of River Basin Organizations to the Effective Governance of Internationally Shared Rivers and Lakes, London/New York: Routledge, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415623582/  

Heikkila, T., Gerlak, A., Bell, A. & Schmeier, S. (2013): Adaptation by a river basin organization: three cases of trigger and adaptive response within the Mekong River Commission, Environmental Science and Policy, 25, 1, 73-82

Schulze, S. & Schmeier, S. (2012): Governing Environmental Change in International River Basins – The Role of River Basin Organizations, International Journal of River Basin Management, 10, 3, 229-244, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15715124.2012.664820#.VXqXSbn7670  

Schmeier, S. (2012): Navigating Cooperation beyond the Absence of Conflict: Mapping Determinants for the Effectiveness of River Basin Organizations, International Journal for Sustainable Societies, Special Issue: Water Wars in the 21st Century, 4, 1-2, 11-27

Menniken, T. & Schmeier, S. (2010): Regionale Kooperationsstrukturen am Mekong und die institutionalisierte Bewältigung regionaler Konflikte um grenzüberschreitende natürliche Ressourcen, Internationales Asienforum, 41, 3-4, 215-242

Schmeier, S. (2009): Regional Cooperation Efforts in the Mekong River Basin: Mitigating river-related security threats and promoting regional development, Austrian Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 2, 2, 28-52

Schmeier, S. (2008): Staat oder Markt im sozioökonomischen Entwicklungsprozess. Eine vergleichende Analyse der Rolle des Staates im Entwicklungsprozess in Afrika und Südostasien, Saarbrücken: VDM

Working Papers, Policy Papers (selected)

Pohl, B., Carius, A., Conca, K., Dabelko, G., Kramer, A., Michel, D., Schmeier, S., Swain, A. & Wolf, A. (2014): The Rise of Hydro-Diplomacy. Strengthening foreign policy for transboundary waters, Berlin: Federal Foreign Office/Adelphi, http://www.adelphi.de/files/de/news/application/pdf/the-rise-of-hydro-diplomacy_adelphi.pdf

Grossmann, M. & Schmeier, S. (eds.) (2014): Financial Sustainability of international River Basin Organizations, Eschborn: GIZ, http://www.giz.de/fachexpertise/downloads/giz2014-en-financial-sustainability-ofinternational-river-basin-oranizations.pdf

Bach H.,  Glennie P., Taylor R., Clausen T., Holzwarth F., Jensen K., Meija A. & Schmeier S. (2014): Cooperation for Water, Energy and Food Security in Transboundary Basins under Changing Climate, Mekong River Commission, Vientiane, http://www.mrcmekong.org/assets/Publications/conference/MRC-intl-conf-publ-2014.pdf

Gerlak, A. & Schmeier, S. (2013): River Basin Organizations – Tackling Questions of Design and Effectiveness, Global Dialogue – Special Issue on Water, 15, 2, online version, http://www.worlddialogue.org/content.php?id=563

Gerlak, A. & Schmeier, S. (2013): Cooperation for the Sustainable Governance of International Watercourses: The Role of River Basin Organizations, Global Dialogue – Special Issue on Water, 15, 2, online version, http://www.worlddialogue.org/content.php?id=562

Schmeier, S., Gerlak, A. & Schulze, S. (2013): Who Governs Internationally Shared Watercourses? Clearing the Muddy Waters of International River Basin Organizations, Earth System Governance Working Paper No. 28, Amsterdam

Schmeier, S. (ed.) (2012): Assessment of RBO-Level Mechanisms for Sustainable Hydropower Development and Management, Report prepared for the MRC-GIZ Cooperation Programme, Vientiane, http://www.adelphi.de/files/uploads/andere/pdf/application/pdf/rbo_mechanisms_sustainablehydropower_report_mrc-giz.pdf

Schmeier, S. (2011): Resilience to Climate Change Induced Challenges in the Mekong River Basin. The Role of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), Washington, DC: World Bank Water Working Note, May 2011, http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2011/05/14187896/resilience-climate-change-induced-challenges-mekong-river-basin-role-mrc  

Schmeier, S. (2010): Governing International Watercourses – Perspectives from Different Disciplines. A Comprehensive Literature Review, Hertie School of Governance Working Papers, 53 (8), Berlin

Schmeier, S. (2010): The Organizational Structure of River Basin Organizations. Lessons Learned and Recommendations for the Mekong River Commission, MRC Technical Paper, April 2010, Vientiane, http://www.mrcmekong.org/assets/Publications/governance/MRC-Technical-Paper-Org-Structure-of-RBOs.pdf

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