Institute of Political Science

Miriam Keppner, M.A.

Miriam Keppner is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Political Science since October 2016. Next to writing her PhD thesis, Miriam is a Program Manager in the University of Tübingen’s International and European Studies Program.

She studied French Philology and Political Science at the University of Regensburg (B.A.) and ‘Democracy and Governance in Europe’ at the University of Tübingen (M.A.). During her two exchange semesters, she took classes at the University of Pau, France, and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

She gained practical experience during her internships at the German-French Institute in Erlangen, the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector of Baden-Württemberg and through several student assistant positions at the Institute of Political Science in Tübingen. After her M.A. she hold the position of academic coordinator at the European Centre for Federalism Studies for one year.

In her M.A. thesis, she analyzed the concept of the EU as a normative green power in international climate negotiations.

In her PhD project, Miriam is focusing on the role of cities in global environmental governance. She analyzes particularly which kind of knowledge cities and city networks possess and how this knowledge influences their role in environmental governance.

Research interests

-Global climate and environmental policy

-Cities in global climate governance

-Knowledge and climate change

-City networks and their role in global climate governance

Conference- and Workshopcontributions

-EISA, Pan European Conference, September 2019, Sofia, paper: "Transnational municipal networks' role in knowledge production and provision processes"

-Junior Researcher Conference at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), April 2018, Freiburg, paper: "Cities and the polycentric governance of climate change - which role for (local) knowledge?"

-Second Spring School of the INOGOV network, March 2018, Heerlen, paper: "Polycentric climate change governance - what about cities' knowledge?"