Aug 2010	GeoGovernance ist zentrales Element Im Antrag zur Exzellenzinitiative

Geogovernance is a central element in the application for the Excellence Initiative.       > read more

Sep 2010	Beim Schiffbauergasse-Fest wird Wissenschaft zum Anfassen präsentiert

Sep 2010: At the "Schiffbauergasse"-festival science is presented to be touched      > read more

29.10.2010: PCPM Climate Breakfast with Prof. Bierbaum         > read more

Apr 2010	Geo- und Klimawissenschaften im Auswärtigen Amt

Apr 2010: Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Federal Foreign Office.

Feb 2010	PROGRESS startet mit Kickoff-Meeting

Feb 2010: PROGRESS started with Kickoff-Meeting.        > read more

Dipl.-Verw. Wiss. Thomas Hickmann

University of Potsdam
Faculty of Economics & Social Sciences
Karl-Marx-Straße 67, Room 2.10
D-14482 Potsdam

Phone: +49 331 977 4502
Fax: +49 331 977 3429

Research Interests

Theories of international relations; global environmental politics; the relation between science & politics in international environmental regimes; private authority in global climate governance; the role of non-state actors in global climate policy-making 

Academic Training

10/2004 - 03/2009 Diploma in Public Administration, U Potsdam
08/2006 - 07/2007 Erasmus exchange student, U Copenhagen

Professional Experience

10/2009 - current Research fellow, Chair of International Politics, U Potsdam
07/2010 - 12/2010
Research assistant, Chair of International Organizations & Public Policy, U Potsdam
04/2009 - 09/2009 Teaching assistant, Chair of International Organizations & International Public Policy, U Potsdam
10/2005 - 08/2006 Student research assistant, Chair of Political Science, Administration and Organization, U Potsdam

Practical Experience

04/2008 - 06/2008 Intern, German Federal Foreign Office, Division Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific in Berlin
02/2008 - 03/2008
Student research assistant, Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid in the German Bundestag
07/2007 - 09/2007 Intern, Office for Regional Cooperation in Southeast Asia of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Singapore
09/2003 - 06/2004 Voluntary social year, center for street children in Manila, Philippines
07/2002 - 07/2003 Alternative community service abroad, German speaking Community Saint Paul in Brussels, Belgium


  • Student fellowship from the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation

Publications and Conference Papers

  • Private Authority in Global Climate Governance: The Case of the Clean Development Mechanism, Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, held in Montreal from 16-19 March 2011.
  • Tracing the Consequences of Global Climate Governance: Who Governs the Clean Development Mechanism?, Paper presented at the 4th Marie Curie Training Course on the Human Dimension of Environmental Change, held at the Environmental Policy Research Center, Freie Universität Berlin from 4-13 October 2010.
  • Science and Politics in International Environmental Regimes: Epistemic Knowledge vs. National Interests, Paper presented at the 3rd Graduate Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, held at Dublin City University from 30 August – 1 September 2010.
  • Die richtungsweisende Führungsrolle der Europäischen Union in der internationalen Klimapolitik. Jochen Franzke (ed.), Europa als Inspiration und Herausforderung: Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven aus Deutschland und Polen, Potsdam: Universitätsverlag Potsdam, pp. 63-85 (co-authored with Julka Jantz and Markus Lederer).
  • Negative Side-Effects of New Modes of Governance: The Clean Development Mechanism, Paper presented at the 20th International Climate Policy Workshop, held at Stockholm University from 29-30 April 2010.