Postdoctoral Fellow, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Department of Geography
Postdoctoral Research Associate 2022-23
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B.A., M.A., Ph.D.


Julia Teebken was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Peking-Princeton Postdoctoral Program. Julia received her Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the Free University of Berlin (2020) and her M.A. in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs from American University (2015). As a comparative political scientist, Julia researches climate change adaptation and inequality across different political systems. Aside from her interest in conceptualizing the different dimensions of inequality in the context of climate change, she is especially interested in researching vulnerability co-creation as part of the global political economy.

In her new comparative project, she applied a political ecology lens to livelihood affectedness across food systems in Georgia (United States), Ningxia (China), and Brandenburg (Germany). Examining both sides of the coin, vulnerability and adaptation, she studied livelihood affectedness, the political-economic context conditions and explored how livelihoods are collectively adapting. Livelihoods are examined across the food system spectrum (e.g., food production, processing, distribution, nutrition) and different food products such as luxury products (e.g., beer) as well as essential local produces (e.g., wheat, corn, potatoes, strawberries, peanuts).

In her previous job in the Policy Assessment group at Free University Berlin, Julia’s work included basic research and applied policy advice for clients at the national (e.g., German Environment Agency) and international levels (e.g., European Commission) on matters related to climate policy.

Selected Publications

Teebken, Julia, Nicole Mitchell, Klaus Jacob, and Thorsten Heimann (2023): “Classifying Social Adaptation Practices to Heat Stress – Learning from Autonomous Adaptations in Two Small Towns in Germany.” Weather Climate Society.

Jacob, Klaus and Julia Teebken (2022). “The ups and downs of the European Union as an actor in global climate policy.” (Original in German: „Die Höhen und Tiefen der Europäischen Union als Akteur in der internationalen Klimapolitik“). Integration, Vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 219-236,

Teebken, Julia (2022). The Politics of Human Vulnerability to Climate Change: Exploring adaptation lock-ins. London: Routledge Studies in Climate Justice,

Teebken, Julia (2022). “Playing hide and seek - Adapting climate cultures in troubled political waters in Georgia, United States,” in: Climate Cultures in Europe and North America, New Formations of Environmental Knowledge and Action, edited by Thorsten Heimann, Jamie Sommer, Margarethe Kusenbach and Gabriela Christmann, Routledge,

Jacob, Klaus, Caroline Paulick-Thiel, Julia Teebken, Sylvia Veit und Mandy Singer-Brodowski (2021). “Transformative Public Administrations,” In: Sustainability, edited by Harald Hinrichs and Norman Laws, Special Issue on Sustainable Public Administration, MDPI 13(9), 4698;

Heyen, Dirk Arne, Klaus Jacob, Julia Teebken und Franziska Wolff (2021). “Transferring transitions? How policy transfer and transition research can stimulate each other.” Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Vol. 35, pp 79-81,

Teebken, Julia et al. (2018) “Climate research priorities for policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia, USA” Environmental Management Aug, 62(2), pp. 190-209,

Peer-reviewed blog publications:

Teebken, Julia (2022). “Flood of inequity. Confronting Climate Vulnerability Risk in China and Beyond” China Environment Forum, New Security Beat, Wilson Center.

Teebken, Julia (2022). “2022: Where to for climate mitigation? Gap Between Talk and Action to Lead To 2.7°C Warming.” 9DashLine, available at:

Teebken, Julia und Klaus Jacob (2021). “The EU – Fit for being a (global) actor in Glasgow?.” Life Dicet Blog, EUI Florence School of Regulation, available at:

Teebken, Julia (2021). “Extreme green: How China and Germany manoeuvre through climate extremes.” 9DashLine, available at:

Teebken, Julia (2018). "Ten Years, Nine Floods: Local-Level Climate Adaptation in China”, China Environment Forum, New Security Beat, Wilson Center, available at:


Scientific consultancy projects:

Focus:                               Joint implementation of 2030 Agenda / SDGs and Paris Agreement

                                           Exploring synergies and limitations for implementation

Time in the project:     May 2020 — December 2021

Funding Agency:           German Environment Agency (UBA)

Final reports:                  Available through UBA website and ResearchGate

More info:                      Link to project description


Focus:                               „Keeping a cool head in hot times“: How "governance by integrative visions" (GoIngVis) can support cities in achieving heat risk resilience

Time in the project:     January 2019 – August 2022

Funding Agency:           Germany Ministry for Education and Research

Final reports:                  Available soon

More info:                      Link to project description, Link to project website (German only)


Focus:                               TRends In Global Governance and Europe’s Role (TRIGGER)

Time in the project:     January 2020 – May 2022

Funding Agency:           European Commission

Final report(s):               Link to final deliverable

More info:                      Link to project website, Link to AGGREGATOR Database


Focus:                               Dare to Transform I and II – Development of an innovation laboratory in German environmental agencies for shaping transformations (TrafoWag)

Time in the project:     January 2019 – February 2021, October 2021 – August 2022

Funding Agency:           German Environment Agency

Final report:                   Available through German Environment Agency Website

More info:                      Link to project description, Link to project website (German only)