Lukas Gerald Hermwille

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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.


2014: STEPS Centre Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability, University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

2012: Diploma in Regional Studies of Latin America, University of Cologne.


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Research Output 2018 2019

Additionality revisited: guarding the integrity of market mechanisms under the Paris Agreement

Michaelowa, A., Hermwille, L. G., Obergassel, W. & Butzengeiger, S., 26 Nov 2019, In : Climate Policy. 19, 10, p. 1211-1224 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
pricing policy
Kyoto Protocol

Catalyzing mitigation ambition under the Paris Agreement: elements for an effective Global Stocktake

Hermwille, L. G., Siemons, A., Förster, H. & Jeffery, L., 14 Sep 2019, In : Climate Policy. 19, 8, p. 988-1001 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
analytical framework

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

Energy policy
energy policy
Fossil fuels
environmental policy
fossil fuel

Promises and risks of nonstate action in climate and sustainability governance

Chan, S., Boran, I., van Asselt, H., Iacobuta, G., Niles, N., Rietig, K., Scobie, M., Bansard, J. S., Delgado Pugley, D., Delina, L. L., Eichhorn, F., Ellinger, P., Enechi, O., Hale, T., Hermwille, L., Honegger, M., Hurtado Epstein, A., La Hoz Theuer, S., Mizo, R., Sun, Y. & 2 othersToussaint, P. & Wambugu, G., 3 Jan 2019, In : Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. p. 1-8 8 p., e572.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
sustainable development
social impact

Global climate governance as boundary object: Making the meaning of the anthropocene

Hermwille, L., 5 Sep 2018, The Anthropocene Debate and Political Science. London: Routledge, p. 103-123 21 p. (Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance).

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

climate change
Boundary objects