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Cille Kaiser is a PhD candidate in the Environmental Governance group at Utrecht University’s Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. Trained in the liberal arts and sciences, she has an interdisciplinary background specialising in political science, environmental governance, and communication. Cille’s research interests centre on the oftentimes intricate interplay between policy action and perceptions of social justice and climate justice.

Within the ERC-funded BACKLASH Project led by Dr. James Patterson, Cille’s work aims at uncovering just what it is about climate policymaking that activates and animates opposition on the ground, drawing on cases of contentious climate policymaking in France and the United Kingdom.

Cille holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences from Amsterdam University College and a Master of Science in Political Science from VU University Amsterdam, where she specialised in global environmental governance. She has also participated in an academic exchange with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she studied journalism and sociology. Prior to joining the BACKLASH project, Cille worked as a junior lecturer at the VU’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

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