L.G. Hermwille

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faculteit der bètawetenschappen ( dep. environmental policy analysis )
PhD candidate


Lukas Hermwille is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). His dissertation project is titled “Achieving Transformational Change through International Climate Policy?“ and aims at bringing into conversation with each other two strands of research, namely international regime theory and transition theory. 

He is also a research fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. He has been working in the field of international climate policy since 2008. At the Wuppertal Institute he has particularly focused on market-based mitigation instruments (the Kyoto Mechanisms and New Market Mechanisms) as well as question of the architecture of the climate regime. Furthermore, he has worked on the transformation of energy sectors from a global perspective. He has published academic articles, policy reports, debate articles and book chapters on these issues. At the Wuppertal Institute he will work as a core member of the forthcoming EU funded COP21: RIPPLES project.

Lukas has graduated with a diploma in Regional Sciences of Latin America with a special focus on energy and environmental economics at the University of Cologne, Germany. At his previous stations at the environmental NGO Germanwatch and the Chair for Energy Economics at the University of Cologne he has gained substantive experience in quantitative and qualitative research in the fields of climate change and energy economics.


In his Diploma studies, Lukas has specialized in macro-economic theory as well as environmental and energy economics. He has also acquired skills in political science as part of his work experience at the Wuppertal Institute.

Lukas has been closely observing international climate policy and regularly attended UNFCCC meetings including the Conferences of the Parties in Poznan (2008), Copenhagen (2009), Warsaw (2013), Lima (2014), Paris (2015) and Marrakech (2016).

His expertise includes also insights into transition theory and theories of transformative change including with a special focus on aspects of Structuration Theory in the context of socio-technical transitions.

Academic training


PhD Candidate at the Environmental Policy Analysis group at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

STEPS Centre Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
2006-2012Diploma in Regional Studies of Latin America, University of Cologne

Professional employment history


Research Fellow, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy; Wuppertal, Germany

Junior Climate Policy Advisor (freelance), Germanwatch; Bonn, Germany
2009-2010Research Assistant, Chair of Energy Economics – University of Cologne; Cologne, Germany
2009Internship, Fundación Bariloche – Programa de Medio Ambiente; Buenos Aires, Argentina

Membership advisory bodies

  • Full member of Germanwatch e.V.
  • Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN)

Selected publications

Hermwille, L. (2016). Climate Change as a Transformation Challenge – A New Climate Policy Paradigm? GAIA - Ecological Perspective for Science and Society, 25(1), 19–22. https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.25.1.6 

Hermwille, L. (2016). The role of narratives in socio-technical transitions – Fukushima and the energy regimes of Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Energy Research & Social Science, 11, 237–246. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2015.11.001 

Hermwille, L., Obergassel, W. & Arens, C. (2016). The Transformative Potential of Emissions Trading. Carbon Management, 6(5–6), 261–272. https://doi.org/10.1080/17583004.2016.1151552 

Hermwille, L., & Schneidewind, U. (2016). Ein neues klimapolitisches Paradigma? InSommer, J. & Müller, M. (eds), Unter 2 Grad? – Was der Weltklimavertrag wirklich bringt (pp. 177–184). Stuttgart: Hirzel Verlag.

Kreibich, N., Hermwille, L., Warnecke, C. & Arens, C. (2016). An update on the clean development mechanism in Africa in times of market crisis. Climate and Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2016.1145102

Hermwille, L., Obergassel, W., Ott, H. E. & Beuermann, C. (2015). UNFCCC before and after Paris – what’s necessary for an effective climate regime? Climate Policy, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2015.1115231

Kreibich, N. & Hermwille, L. (2016). Robust Transfers of Mitigation Outcomes – Understanding Environmental Integrity Challenges .JIKO Policy Paper No. 02/2016. Wuppertal: Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Retrieved from www.carbon-mechanisms.de/en/accounting_II

Obergassel, W., Arens, C., Hermwille, L., Kreibich, N., Mersmann, F., Ott, H. E. & Wang-Helmreich, H. (2015). Phoenix from the ashes: an analysis of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Part I. Environmental Law and Management, 27, 243–262.

Obergassel, W., Arens, C., Hermwille, L., Kreibich, N., Mersmann, F., Ott, H. E. & Wang-Helmreich, H. (2016). Phoenix from the ashes: an analysis of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Part II. Environmental Law and Management, 28, 3–12.

Ott, H.E., Obergassel, W., Arens, C., Hermwille, L., Mersmann, F. & Wang-Helmreich, H. (2014). Climate Policy: Road Works and New Horizons – An Assessment of the UNFCCC Process from Limat to Paris and beyond. Environmental Liabilty, 22(6). Retrieved from http://wupperinst.org/uploads/tx_wupperinst/Post_Lima_Pre_Paris.pdf

Hermwille, L., Beuermann, C., Burck, J., Schinke, B., Marten, F. & Netzer, N. (2014). The Status of the Energy Transformation – Examples of Transformative Processes. In Kofler, B. & Netzer, N.N. (eds), Towards a Global Energy Transformation (pp14-28). Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung.

Sterk, W. & Hermwille, L. (2013). Does the Climate Regime Need New Types of Mitigation Commitments? Carbon and Climate Law Review, 7(4), 270–282.