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Dr. Kathrin Stephen

Cohort 2009

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse & Prof. Oran Young, PhD

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung)

Desk Officer (Referentin)

Kathrin Stephen (née Keil) is Desk Officer at the German Ministry of Education and Research in Berlin. Before she was Research Group Leader at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, where she led the Arctic research project GloCAST (Global Change and Arctic Sustainable Transformations). Kathrin received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the BTS in 2013. In her dissertation she researched the international politics of the Arctic, with a focus on international regimes and institutions in the areas of energy, shipping and fishing. She taught at universities in Berlin and Potsdam. 

Title of the PhD Thesis

Cooperation and Conflict in the Arctic - The Cases of Energy, Shipping and Fishing.

Professional Fields of Expertise

Public Administration

Think Tank


University Teaching

International Organizations