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Stefan Schäfer

Stefan Schäfer

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Stefan Schäfer is a Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Science, Technology and Society Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also leads a research group at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, and is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford. His research examines how a wide array of stakeholders, agendas, and bodies of knowledge shape the ongoing development of climate engineering as a set of imaginaries, discourses and policy options.

Stefan was a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Oxford Martin School in 2017, a guest researcher at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) from 2009-2012, a fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation’s Global Governance Futures program in 2014-2015, and has spent research stays at University College London (2013) and Harvard University (2015 and 2016). He has authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed papers, is a contributing author to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), lead author of the European Transdisciplinary Assessment of Climate Engineering (EuTRACE) report, and chair of the Steering Committee of the Climate Engineering Conference (CEC) series. Stefan studied political science, history and philosophy at the University of Tübingen and Cornell University. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Tübingen and a PhD in political science from Freie Universität Berlin.