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Fabian Schroth

PhD Candidate of the 1. Cohort

Subsequent position

After the Research Training Group Fabian Schroth works as a research Assistant at the "Center for Responsible Research and Innovation" of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering in Berlin.


The Politics of Governance Experiments. Constructing the Clean Development Mechanism

In my dissertation, I analyze the emergence and establishment of the “Clean Development Mechanism”. I start from the assumption that the instrument has developed within the negotiation of practitioners who apply different perspectives on the instrument. I ask how the principles, rules and governance processes of the CDM were developed and formed in these negotiation processes between heterogeneous social worlds. Resulting from this, further questions arise: How have specific perspectives been established? How did new perspectives enter the debate? Which structures developed in the negotiation process?

Theoretically, the dissertation is informed by pragmatist work within the tradition of Chicago School and connects to recent debate on the practice turn in International Relations. 



12./13.3.2015: invitation to the Workshop "Climate Change Policy and Governance: Initiation, Experimentation, Evaluation" of the INOGOV (Innovation in Climate Governance) network. Discussion of my paper "The experiment deserves more credit – suggestion for an analytical concept of climate governance experiments".

25.09.2014: "Mit CO2-Märkten experimentieren: Die Entstehung des Clean Development Mechanism aus pragmatistischer Perspektive", at the 4th open meeting of the section "Internationale Politik" of DVPW, Magdeburg.

26.06.2013: "Depoliticization of Environmental Integrity in the Clean Development Mechanism“, on the "1st International Conference on Public Policy" [1], Grenoble (France).


Curriculum vitae:

Education and scholarships

Research assistant , Fraunhofer Institut FAO, Center for Responsible Research and Innovation (CeRRI), Berlin
since April 2016
Associated researcher at Graduate School “Innovation Society Today: The Reflexive Creation of Novelty”, Department of Sociology, Technical University Berlin
September 2015
Submission of the doctoral thesis
April 2012
Scholarship holder, Graduate School “Innovation Society Today: The Reflexive Creation of Novelty”, Department of Sociology, Technical University Berlin
October 2009 – March 2012
Master’s Program “Public and Private Environmental Management” (M.A.) at Free University, Berlin
September 2010 – December 2010
Visiting Research Fellowship, India and DAAD scholarship holder, Research Project at TERI, Delhi, on municipal solid waste management
October 2004 – September 2007
Bachelor’s Program “Political Science“, Bielefeld University, Germany


Professional experience

From April 2012 onwards
Contract of work and labour with “Innovation in Governance Research Group”
February 2011 – March 2012
Student Assistant “Innovation in Governance Research Group”, Department of Sociology / Centre for Technology and Society, TU Berlin, Germany
May 2009 – August 20010
Student Assistant “Institute for Ecological Economy Research”, Berlin, Germany
October 2007 – December 2007
Graduate Assistant “Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy, Environment”, Wuppertal, Germany
October 2005 – March 2006
Tutor “Empirical Social Research”, Bielefeld University
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