Susanne Schmeier is Coordinator for Transboundary Water Management at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). She works on transboundary water resources management with River Basin Organizations (RBOs) and other regional and international institutions in Africa, Asia and Europe [link: http://www.giz.de/de/downloads/giz2011-en-transboundary-water-resources-management.pdf].
Susanne Schmeier studied International Relations, International Law and Economics at the University of Leipzig and the Institute d’Etudes Politiques Paris. She holds a PhD from the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies at the Hertie School of Governance, the Free University of Berlin and the Social Science Research Center (WZB) – in collaboration with Oregon State University (OSU). Her thesis assessed the determinants of river basin governance effectiveness and the role of RBOs.
Her research focuses on the sustainable governance of internationally shared natural resources and the environment. A particular emphasis lies on the governance of shared water resources and the role institutions play in managing shared resources, mitigating or solving conflicts around them and building resilience to environmental change. She is particularly interested in the legal and institutional basis for cooperation and has worked extensively on and with RBOs.
Publications (selected, peer-reviewed)
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
Schmeier, S. (2013): Governing International Watercourses. The Contribution of River Basin Organizations to the Effective Governance of Internationally Shared Rivers and Lakes, London: Routledge [link: 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
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
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, ASEAS, 2, 2, 28-52
Working Papers and Conference Presentations (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 [link: http://www.adelphi.de/files/en/publications/application/pdf/the_rise_of_hydro-diplomacy.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, Lao PDR [link: http://www.mrcmekong.org/assets/Publications/conference/MRC-intl-conf-publ-2014.pdf]
Schmeier, S. (2014): Linking Science and Policy in Large River Basins, World’s Large Rivers Conference, 24 July 2014, Manaus, Brazil
Schmeier, S. (2014): Empowered to govern Hydropower? River Basin Organizations between Water and Energy, GWSP Conference “Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19 May 2014, Bonn, Germany
Schmeier, S. (2013): The Institutional Design of River Basin Organizations – Introducing the RBO Institutional Design Database and its main Findings, Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database (TFDD) Working Paper, Corvallis, OR, USA [link: http://www.transboundarywaters.orst.edu/research/RBO/index.html]
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, Netherlands [link: http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org/publication/schmeier-susanne-who-governs-internationally-shared-watercourses]
Schmeier, S. (2011): Resilience to Climate Change Induced Challenges in the Mekong River Basin. The Role of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), World Bank Water Working Note, May 2011 [link: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2011/05/14187896/resilience-climate-change-induced-challenges-mekong-river-basin-role-mrc]
Gerlak, A. & Schmeier, S. (2011): Climate Change Discourse in Transboundary Waters: Framing Issues, Actions and Scales in the Mekong River Basin, Paper prepared for the International Studies Association Annual Convention, 19 March 2011, Montreal, Canada
Schmeier, S. (2011): Jointly Managing Transboundary Water Resources in Africa. The Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Sénégal (OMVS) and its Role in Developing the Senegal River Basin, World Bank Senegal River Basin Multi-Purpose Water Resources Development Project, Working Paper (internal)
Schmeier, S. (2010): The Organizational Structure of River Basin Organizations. Lessons Learned and Recommendations for the Mekong River Commission, MRC Technical Background Paper, April 2010 [link: http://www.mrcmekong.org/assets/Publications/governance/MRC-Technical-Paper-Org-Structure-of-RBOs.pdf]
Schmeier, S. (2010): Effective Governance of Transboundary Aquifers through Institutions – Lessons Learned from River Basin Organizations, Paper prepared for the International Conference “Transboundary Aquifers: Challenges and New Directions”, UNESCO, ISARM, 6-8 December 2010, Paris, France