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Joshua Philipp Elsässer


Joshua Philipp Elsässer is a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam. His publications and research interests center around questions of complexity and fragmentation in global environmental governance, particularly pertaining to international institutions, organizations, and bureaucracies.

Supported by the German Federal Environmental Foundation, his PhD project analyzes the cooperation of various intergovernmental treaty secretariats in the climate-biodiversity-desertification regime complex. Furthermore, he also conducts research for the “Institutionalizing Low Carbon Development” (INLOCADE) project, funded by the German Research Foundation.

Related publications:

Mai, Laura; Elsässer, Joshua Philipp (2022). Orchestrating Global Climate Governance Through Data: The UNFCCC Secretariat and the Global Climate Action Platform. Global Environmental Politics.

Elsässer, Joshua Philipp; Hickmann, Thomas; Jinnah, Sikina; Oberthür, Sebastian; Van de Graaf, Thijs (2022). Institutional interplay in global environmental governance: lessons learned and future research. International Environmental Agreements 22, 373–391.

Hickmann, Thomas; Elsässer, Joshua Philipp (2020). New alliances in global environmental governance: how intergovernmental treaty secretariats interact with non-state actors to address transboundary environmental problems. International Environmental Agreements 20, 459–481.

Elsässer, Joshua Philipp; Hickmann, Thomas; Stehle, Fee (2018). The Role of Cities in South Africa‘s Energy Gridlock. Case Studies in the Environment 2, 1-7.

Architecture & AgencyDemocracy & PowerFragmentationInstitutional Complexityinternational institutions

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