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Dr. Barbara Saerbeck


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Room 3.18
14195 Berlin
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Dr. Barbara Saerbeck worked as Research fellow at the Environmental Policy Research Centre. She is in charge of the project “Behind the Scenes: Understanding the Hidden Influence of Treaty Secretariats on International Environmental Policy-Making” of the DFG-Research Unit “International Administration”.

Her current research focuses on the role and influence of supra- and international public administrations in national and international politics as well as on German as and European environmental politics. She is interested in defining those mechanisms which enhance an actor’s ability to potentially influence policy making, thus adding to the knowledge of the workings of IRA in the grey zone between administration and politics. As a research fellow at the “ARENA Centre for European Studies” in Oslo (2012), she had focused her work on the democratic implications arising from strengthened administrations for the inter-institutional balance of European institutions.

Barbara Saerbeck holds a master’s degree in political science from the joint master’s program “International Relations” of the Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin and the Potsdam University (2008) as well as a PhD (2013) from the Free University Berlin. She gained practical knowledge about the workings of the European Union as a staff member of a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels. In 2013, Dr. Saerbeck began working on different projects for the Environmental Policy Research Centre. Her most recent involvements include the organizing of a conference held in co-operation with the Institute for Advanced Studies e.V. called “Towards a Global System of Multi-Level Climate Governance“.


Articles in refereed Journals

  • Reimer, I., Saerbeck, B. (2017): Policy entrepreneurs in national climate change policy processes. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 35 (8).
  • Saerbeck, B., Jörgensen, K., Jänicke, M. (2017): Multi-level Climate Governance: The global system and selected sub-systems: Editorial. Environmental Policy and Governance, 27 (2), 105-107.
  • Jörgens, H., Kolleck, N., & Saerbeck, B. (2016). Exploring the hidden influence of international treaty secretariats: Using social network analysis to analyse the Twitter debate on the ‘Lima Work Programme on Gender’. Journal of European Public Policy, 23 (7), 979 - 998.

Articles in peer-reviewed Journals

  • Jörgens, H., Kolleck, N., & Saerbeck, B. (2016). Exploring the hidden influence of international treaty secretariats: Using social network analysis to analyse the Twitter debate on the ‘Lima Work Programme on Gender’. Journal of European Public Policy, 23 (7), 979 - 998.

Book Chapters and Monographies

  • Jörgens, Helge und Barbara Saerbeck (2016): Die deutschen Interessen und Prioritäten in der europäischen Umweltpolitik. In: Jopp, Mathias and Katrin Böttger (eds.), Handbuch zur deutschen Europapolitik. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Jörgens, Helge, Nina Kolleck, Barbara Saerbeck and Mareike Well (2016): Orchestrating (Bio-) Diversity: The secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity as an attention-seeking bureaucracy. In: Michael W. Bauer, Christoph Knill and Steffen Eckhard (eds.), International bureaucracy: Challenges and Lessons for Public Administration Research. Basingstoke: Palgrave, p. 65-86.


SS 2016: Multi-level policy entrepreneurship: Comparing cases of EU climate and energy policy (with Inken Reimer)

SS 2015: Einführung in die Policyanalyse in der Umweltpolitik (with Eva Öller)


  • Tagesspiegel Stipendium für die Veranstaltung “Future Energies 2017” (Future Energies 2017)
  • FAZIT-Stiftung (2014)
  • Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (2009-2013)
  • Stipendienfonds E.ON Ruhrgas (2012, 2015)
  • „University Alliance for Sustainability“-Stipendium der Freien Universität Berlin (Austausch St. Petersburg State University)

Research project

Behind the Scenes: Mapping the Role of Treaty Secretariats in International Environmental Policy-Making.