Carola Betzold started her PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in 2009. Her research analyses the participation of non-state actors in international environmental negotiations, especially those climate change. More specifically, she asks when organisations decide to become active at the international level, and how they seek to influence negotiations once they participate in intergovernmental negotiations. On the government side, a special focus concerns small island states and their role in international climate negotiations.
Before coming to Zurich, Carola Betzold read for an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Cambridge. She holds a BA in International Politics and History from Jacobs University Bremen and a licence in English and Spanish as Applied Foreign Languages (Langues Etrangères Appliquées) from the University Paris X Nanterre.