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Julia Teebken


Department of Political and Social Sciences


Environmental Policy Research Centre

Research Associate

Ihnestraße 22
14195 Berlin

Julia Teebken joined the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) in January 2019. She is part of the research group Policy Assessment, which works in the fields of policy impact assessment, transformative approaches of environmental politics, and strategies in sustainability policy. The work of the research group combines both, basic research and applied policy consultancy for national and international clients. In this capacity, Julia Teebken currently works in the BMBF project: „Keeping a cool head in hot times“: How "governance by integrative visions" (GoIngVis) can support cities in achieving heat risk resilience. As part of the project, she researches and coordinates climate adaptation and participation processes together with citizens and actors in the concerned partner cities.

Since 2015, Julia Teebken has been enrolled at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of FU Berlin, where she is now finalizing her PhD project on human susceptibility to climate impacts and barriers to transformative climate adaptation. Before starting her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin, she received a MA degree in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs from American University in Washington D.C. During this program, she developed a focus on climate ethics in the context of political philosophy. In 2012, she received a B.A. degree in China Studies with a minor in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin. During her studies, Julia spent terms as a visiting scholar at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (2018), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2017-2018), as well as Emory University in Atlanta (2017). Beyond that, she spent short research stays in Indonesia (2014), Malaysia (2013, 2014) and Myanmar (2013, 2014) and completed several internships and projects abroad (Beijing, Jinhua, New Delhi).

Core research interests

Climate Ethics, Comparative Environmental Politics, Critical Climate Adaptation Studies, Ecological Civilization, Environmental and Climate Justice, Institutional Change, Peace and Conflict Studies, Transformative Adaptation in the context of Political Ecology and Economy Studies, Political Philosophy

Presentations at workshops, conferences and symposia


Event Title

Presentation Topic

Sydney 01/2019

Graduate Workshop on China in the Urban Age, China’s Environmental Global Challenge and “Eco-Civilization”

Urban Resilience Frameworks and Co-Creation of Vulnerability


CfP for RGS-IBG Annual Conference:
“Critical Spaces of Disaster Governance: adaptation politics and avenues to transformation”

No Rest for the Wicked (Policy Challenges)


Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Shanghai Institute for International Studies Joint Workshop: "Global Climate Politics and China’s Role”

Barriers to proactive climate adaptation in light of human resilience


Freie Universität Berlin Workshop: "Trends of Global Climate Politics and China’s Role”

Adaptation in China – A comparative analysis


Freie Universität Berlin Expert Workshop: “Headlines are not the main story: a contrarian view on economic reform under Xi Jinping”

Climate adaptation and vulnerable populations - local governance approaches in China and the U.S.

Fort Collins 04/2017

Colorado State University Symposium: “Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Anthropocene Symposium”

A comparison of social vulnerability and local governmental responses in Jinhua county (Zhejiang province) and metro Atlanta (Georgia state)


Human Condition Initiative Workshop: A Workshop on The Environment and Vulnerability: “The Anthropocene in the Time of Trump”

The “weak” vulnerable subject? Comparing local Chinese and U.S. approaches to human vulnerability and climate adaptation


Dahrendorf Forum-LSE IDEAS Special Report event: "Transatlantic Relations After the Election: Next Generation Perspectives”
Event podcast available online.

Transatlantic Relations After the Election - The Trump Climate Freakout?


China’s Health, Environment and Welfare (CHEW) Annual Conference at the University of Oxford: "Visible and Invisible Challenges Transformations in Contemporary China”

Social Vulnerability and Governmental Responsibility - The Sichuan 2008 Earthquake in Perspective

New York

Carnegie Council’s Global Ethics Fellows Fifth Annual Conference: “An Ethical Dialogue between Asia and the West: Philosophical Traditions, Moral Contentions, and the Future of US-Asia Relations”

No One's Century or Everyone's Opportunity?

New York

Natural Resources Defense Council: “Understanding and communicating the groundswell of climate actions”

Climate Commitment Platforms – A Critical Analysis of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020


Invited talks / lectures

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), School of International and Public Affairs Summer School: “Research Colloquium Methods Workshop”, (Shanghai, 11/2017)
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), School of International and Public Affairs Summer School: “China's Policy on Climate Change, Energy and Environment”, held lecture on: Adaptation in an authoritarian fashion?, (Shanghai, 07/2017)

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • (co-authored) Teebken, Julia et al. “Environmental Management Climate research priorities for policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia, USA”. Environmental Management, pp 1–20, May 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-018-1051-4.

Reviewed articles in policy reports

Reviewed blog publications