BiographyThomas Hickmann is a Post-Doctoral Researcher and Lecturer at Prof. Dr. Harald Fuhr’s Chair of International Politics. His main research interests include IR theories, global environmental politics, the relation between science and politics in international environmental regimes, private authority in global climate governance, and the role of transnational actors in global policy-making. He teaches at BA and MA level on various topics related to international relations theory and global (environmental) governance. Thomas Hickmann (together with Harald Fuhr and Markus Lederer) co-leads the research project New Governance Arrangements and the Nation-State: The Reconfiguration of Public Authority in Developing Countries funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In September 2015, he was elected a member of the steering committee of the working group Environmental Politics and Global Change of the German Political Science Association (DVPW).
From October 2004 to March 2009, Thomas Hickmann studied Public Administration, Political Science and Public Law at the University of Potsdam and the University of Copenhagen. During his studies, he gained practical experience through internships at the 'German Federal Foreign Office' in the Division Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific; at the 'Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid' in the German Bundestag chaired by Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin; and at the 'Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation' in the Office for Regional Cooperation in Southeast Asia based in Singapore. Moreover, he used to work as a student research assistant in the third-party funded project 'Government Reform as Institutional Politics' at Prof. Dr. Werner Jann's Chair of Political Science, Administration and Organization at the University of Potsdam.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
international relations theory, global environmental governance, climate policy-making