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M.A. Mareike Well

Mareike Well is a research associate in the Division of Educational Research and Social Systems. She is employed within the subproject "Behind the Scenes” within the DFG Research Unit "International Public Administration" and is working on her dissertation in this context.

Well studied political science and German language and literature in Freiburg and Aix-en-Provence. During her studies, she worked for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Jakarta, Indonesia, and engaged in research on the decentralization reform in Indonesia and on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

At the University of Freiburg, she worked as a research associate in a project titled “REDD+ in a post-2020 framework and its linkages to global forest governance.” In this project, she worked on land use/land use change with a focus on financing instruments.

Research interests

  • Climate change and biodiversity negotiations under the UNFCCC and CBD
  • Climate Change Education and Educational Policy
  • EU-Asia relations in environmental governance
  • International Public Administrations (IPAs) in environmental governance
  • Research methods of empirical social science - Social Network Analysis


Behind the Scenes (grant number KO 4997/1-1)

within the DFG Research Unit International Public Administration (grant number FOR 1745)

REDD+ in a post-2020 framework and its linkages to global forest governance

Journal articles

Kolleck, Nina, Well, Mareike, Sperzel, Severin & Jörgen, Helge (2017): The Power of Social Networks: How the UNFCCC Secretariat Creates Momentum for Climate Education, in: Global Environmental Politics 17(4), pp. 106-126. DOI: 10.1162/GLEP_a_00428

Well, Mareike & Carrapatoso, Astrid. (2016). REDD+ finance - policy making in the context of fragmented institutions. Climate Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14693062.2016.1202096

Well, Mareike (2012). Methodology in Southeast Asian Studies: Grounding research – mixing methods. ASIEN The German Journal on Contemporary Asia. (125), pp. 109–110.


Contributions in edited volumes

Jörgens, Helge, Kolleck, Nina, Saerbeck, Barbara, Well, Mareike. (2017). Orchestrating (bio-)diversity: The secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity as an attention-seeking bureaucracy. In M. W. Bauer, C. Knill, & S. Eckhard (Eds.), International bureaucracy: Challenges and lessons for public administration research (pp. 65–86). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (forthcoming)

Carrapatoso, Astrid & Well, Mareike (2014). Interregional climate cooperation: EU-China relations as a success story? In A. Carrapatoso & E. Kürzinger (Eds.), Climate resilient development: Participatory approaches from developing countries (pp. 204–227). Abingdon: Routledge.

Conference and working papers

Kolleck, Nina, Jörgens, Helge, Well, Mareike & Schuster, Johannes (2018): How social networks shape education for sustainable development and climate change education at global and regional levels, CIES Conference, 25.-29. März, Mexico City.

Forestry after Paris - Can international treaty secretariats create coherence in global forest governance?, 2016 Berlin Conference on Global Environmental Change, 23-24 Mai, 2016 (with Nina Kolleck, Helge Jörgens, Barbara Saerbeck)

Taking a closer look at the treaty secretariat of the UNFCCC – The role of trust in policy networks for REDD+ and loss and damage, ECPR General Conference, Université de Montréal, 26-29 August, 2015 (with Nina Kolleck, Helge Jörgens)

Mapping REDD+ donor coordination by using social network analysis, XXXV Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), 23 – 28 Juni, 2015 (with Inken Reimer)

International treaty secretariats as public agenda-setters? Tracking their influence in Twitter debates on REDD+ and loss and damage, ECPR Joint Sessions, University of Warsaw, 29 März- 2 April, 2015 (with Barbara Saerbeck, Helge Jörgens, Nina Kolleck)

Gonschorek, Gerrit, Hornbacher-Schönleber, Sophia, & Well, Mareike "Perceptions of Indonesia's decentralization – The role of performance based grants and participatory planning in public health service delivery. Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Freiburg Occasional Paper Series (Nr. 21), https://www.southeastasianstudies.uni-freiburg.de/publications/op-series.