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Julia Teebken


PhD Political Science June 2020

Princeton-Peking Postdoctoral Fellow 2022-2023

Vulnerability locked in. Explaining local climate adaptation deficits in China and the United States. (Comittee: Miranda Schreurs, Genia Kostka, Sven Chojnacki, Christian Lammert)

Forschungszentrum für Umweltpolitik
Freie Universität Berlin
Ihnestraße 22
Raum 3.11
14195 Berlin


Julia Teebken was PhD Candidate at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) 2015-2020. Her research focuses on climate and social vulnerability in China and the United States (U.S.). In this context, Julia has been analyzing the social barriers to proactive climate adaptation responses that seek to provide for and/or improve human resilience to climate change impacts such as urban flooding and extreme heat events. Through a comparative lens, Julia has been investigating the similarities and differences with regard to local adaptation challenges and opportunities in China and the U.S.

Julia has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at FFU at Freie Universität Berlin from 2019 to 2022, until she joined the Peking-Princeton Postdoctoral Program as associate researcher for 2022-2023.


PhD Political Science, Graduate School of East ASian Studies, Freie Unviersität Berlin (June 2020)

MA Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs, American University, Washington DC (May 2015)

BA China Studies, Minor: Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin (December 2012)

Research Interests:

Climate Ethics, Comparative Climate Politics, Environmental and Climate Justice, International Climate Negotiations, Institutional Change, Political Philosophy, International Peace and Conflict Transformation

Field Research Mobility Phase

  • April-August 2018:

Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE)
Georgetown University
3700 O St NW
Washington DC, 20057
United States 

  • January - April 2017 / June-November 2017:

Visiting researcher at Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU)
School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Huashan Rd. 1954, Huaihai Middle Rd. Entrance

  • April-May 2017:

Visiting Scholar with the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative (VHC) and the Feminism and Legal Theory Project (FLT)
Emory University
Gambrell Hall 1301 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30322-2270

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • (co-authored) Teebken, Julia et al. “Environmental Management Climate research priorities for policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia, USA”. Environmental Management, pp 1–20, May 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-018-1051-4.

Reviewed articles in policy reports

Reviewed blog publications

Presentations at workshops, conferences and symposia


Event Title

Presentation Topic

08/2018 (upcoming)

CfP for RGS-IBG Annual Conference:
“Critical Spaces of Disaster Governance: adaptation politics and avenues to transformation”

No Rest for the Wicked (Policy Challenges)


Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Shanghai Institute for International Studies Joint Workshop: "Global Climate Politics and China’s Role”

Barriers to proactive climate adaptation in light of human resilience


Freie Universität Berlin Workshop: "Trends of Global Climate Politics and China’s Role”

Adaptation in China – A comparative analysis


Freie Universität Berlin Expert Workshop: “Headlines are not the main story: a contrarian view on economic reform under Xi Jinping”

Climate adaptation and vulnerable populations - local governance approaches in China and the U.S.

Fort Collins 04/2017

Colorado State University Symposium: “Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Anthropocene Symposium”

A comparison of social vulnerability and local governmental responses in Jinhua county (Zhejiang province) and metro Atlanta (Georgia state)


Human Condition Initiative Workshop: A Workshop on The Environment and Vulnerability: “The Anthropocene in the Time of Trump”

The “weak” vulnerable subject? Comparing local Chinese and U.S. approaches to human vulnerability and climate adaptation


Dahrendorf Forum-LSE IDEAS Special Report event: "Transatlantic Relations After the Election: Next Generation Perspectives”
Event podcast available online.

Transatlantic Relations After the Election - The Trump Climate Freakout?


China’s Health, Environment and Welfare (CHEW) Annual Conference at the University of Oxford: "Visible and Invisible Challenges Transformations in Contemporary China”

Social Vulnerability and Governmental Responsibility - The Sichuan 2008 Earthquake in Perspective

New York

Carnegie Council’s Global Ethics Fellows Fifth Annual Conference: “An Ethical Dialogue between Asia and the West: Philosophical Traditions, Moral Contentions, and the Future of US-Asia Relations”

No One's Century or Everyone's Opportunity?

New York

Natural Resources Defense Council: “Understanding and communicating the groundswell of climate actions”

Climate Commitment Platforms – A Critical Analysis of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020

Invited talks / lectures

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), School of International and Public Affairs Summer School: “Research Colloquium Methods Workshop”, (Shanghai, 11/2017)
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), School of International and Public Affairs Summer School: “China's Policy on Climate Change, Energy and Environment”, held lecture on: Adaptation in an authoritarian fashion?, (Shanghai, 07/2017)

In the news

(In English)

(Chinese video with English subtitles)

  • Zhejiang Television, International Channel (11/22/2017): Overseas students in Jinhua ancient village (3) – A German student from Shanghai Jiaotong University: how to respond to urban-rural differences? (海外学子走进金华古村落(三)——上海交大的德国女同学,怎么看城乡差异?), available at: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/x8Ykbq_nj0MxKKg3k8ta1A

(Only in Chinese)