Niklas Scheffer

Niklas Scheffer

Student Assistant

Niklas Scheffer is a student assistant in the project "Ecopolitical Transformations" (EcoPol) and the RIFS focal topic "Justice in Sustainability". His research interests include in particular questions of governmentality, political economy, transformation towards sustainability, social movements, quantitative and qualitative methods (in particular automatic text analysis and causality research). Scheffer has been working at the RIFS since summer 2020 and during this time has contributed to the establishment of the research project "Ecopolitical Transformation" (EcoPol) and the successful call for proposals for the focal topic "Justice in Sustainability". In the project "Ecopolitical Transformations" he is co-producer of the podcast "Carbon Critique". Scheffer is currently doing researching on youth-led climate lawsuits in a global context and is working on a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the dominant discourses at the world climate conferences COP26 and COP27. Before his time at RIFS, Scheffer was part of the research project "Re-Measurement of the World Economy" headed by Prof. Dr. Thomas Straubhaar at the University of Hamburg. Scheffer completed his bachelor's degree in politics, administration and organization at the University of Potsdam in 2020. He is currently doing his master's degree in political science at the University of Potsdam.

  • 2020-today master's degree in political science at the University of Potsdam
  • 01/2022-07/2022 data analyst at Scan.up Hamburg
  • 2017-2020: Bachelor in Politics, Administration and Organization at the University of Potsdam
  • 02/2020 - 04/2020 internship in the research project "Re-Measurement of the World Economy" at the Chair for International Economics at the University of Hamburg
  • 07/2019-09/2019 Student assistant in the research project "Community Splits since 1970" at the Chair of Administrative Sciences at the University of Potsdam.
  • 02/2019-07/2019 Working student in the audience department of the Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg (RBB)
  • governmentality
  • political economy
  • international climate politics
  • transformation towards sustainability
  • social movements
  • quantitative methods
  • qualitative methods
  • quantitative and qualitative text analysis
  • data science

Publications at the IASS

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Scheffer, N., Islam, Z., & Sturm, S. (2021). Implizite Motive in der politischen Kommunikation [Implicit motives in political communication]. In T. Straubhaar (Ed.), Neuvermessung der Datenökonomie (1st ed., pp. 173-197). Hamburg University Press.
  • The IASS focal topic 2022/23 "Justice in Sustainability" Guest speech to bachelor students of the bachelor seminar "Environmental Justice" at the University of Erfurt. July 2022, Erfurt, Germany.
  • Lost future? What the climate crisis means for the younger generation. Speech at the Klima-Zukunfts-Konferenz for Berlin schoolchildren. December 2021, Berlin, Germany.