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Lisa Sanderink is a researcher and PhD candidate in the department of Environmental Policy Analysis of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has a background in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam and Environment and Resource Management from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her Master’s thesis addressed discursive fragmentation in global climate change governance. Currently, Lisa Sanderink is working on the CLIMENGO project, which is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. This project aims to map the institutional complexity of global climate change and energy governance, evaluate its effectiveness and legitimacy, and to develop a knowledge base for decision makers.


Global climate change governance, global energy governance, discourse analysis, text analysis and institutional complexity.


2015: Master’s degree in Environment and Resource Management (Cum Laude), Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2014: Bachelor’s degree in European Studies, with a specialization in International and European Law, University of Amsterdam.


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Research Output 2017 2020

Shattered frames in global energy governance: Exploring fragmented interpretations among renewable energy institutions

Sanderink, L., Mar 2020, In : Energy Research & Social Science. 61, 16 p., 101355.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
renewable energy
Computational methods

Make fossil fuels great again? The Paris Agreement, Trump, and the US fossil fuel industry

Hermwille, L. & Sanderink, L., 19 Nov 2019, In : Global Environmental Politics. 19, 4, p. 45-62 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Energy policy
energy policy
Fossil fuels
environmental policy
fossil fuel

Linkages: Understanding Their Role in Polycentric Governance

Pattberg, P. H., Chan, S., Sanderink, L. & Widerberg, O. E., 2018, Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?. Jordan, A., Huitema, D., van Asselt, H. & Forster, J. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 169-187 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Mapping the Institutional Architecture of Global Energy Governance

Sanderink, L., Kristensen, K. E. G., Widerberg, O. E. & Pattberg, P. H., 3 Jul 2018, Amsterdam: Institute for Environmental Studies/IVM. 51 p. (R (Report); vol. 18, no. 02)

Research output: Book / ReportReportAcademic

Open Access
environmental politics

Mapping the Institutional Architecture of the Climate-Energy Nexus

Sanderink, L., Widerberg, O. E., Kristensen, K. E. G. & Pattberg, P. H., 11 Sep 2017, Amsterdam: Institute for Environmental Studies/IVM. 55 p. (R17-04)

Research output: Book / ReportReportAcademic

Open Access