Nicole Schmidt

Nicole Schmidt
Universität Heidelberg · Institute of Political Science



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Additional affiliations
October 2014 - present
Universität Heidelberg
  • PhD Student
March 2014 - November 2014
Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE)
  • Academic Assistant


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Projects (3)
Network of phD and postDocs of Heidelberg University working on the environment.
Climate change is a key challenge for urban societies. In order to address it in a planning-based manner, mitigation as well as adaptation strategies are being developed, which in turn have a direct impact on spatial structures and thus on the social organization of cities and regions. The implementation of these strategies, however, often leads to spatial-use conflicts in the multi-level system of spatial governance of urban regions, which can be attributed to different assessments and perceptions within and among different groups of actors (administration, politics, citizens). The aim of the project is to elaborate strategies for the identification and resolution of these conflicts and to prepare them in the form of a planning handout. The project deals with the assessment and perception of green and open spaces in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and answers the following questions: 1) Which spatial-use conflicts are relevant on which scale? 2) How do different groups of actors perceive open space qualities and spatial-use conflicts, and how do they negotiate potential differences? 3) What are the solution strategies for the management of communication and spatial-use conflicts and how can their acceptance by the various groups of actors be increased? Further informations on:
Set against scientific predictions, current international responses to climate change are widely perceived to be inadequate. There is a growing perception, that many mitigation and adaptation measures have been taken outside the international regime. In this sense governance has become considerably more polycentric, with pockets of dynamism especially evident at the national and subnational levels, but also in the so called transnational sphere. However, there is far less agreement on if and how these innovations can be scaled up, if and indeed how they should be coordinated, and where the necessary leadership to achieve this might originate. To address these gaps, INOGOV: - Identifies ways in which innovative forms of policy and governance for climate change have been stimulated and diffused across time, space and different modes and levels of governing - Builds a stronger evaluation capacity to assess their actual and intended effects and impacts - Shares usable knowledge with network participants to reach a fuller appreciation of what it means to govern climate change more innovatively. It draws together scholars and practitioners within and outside Europe who focus on particular aspects of policy and governance innovation, namely their: ‘sources’; ‘diffusion’; and ‘effects’. By using the full suite of COST networking instruments to explore the inter-relationships between these topics, it is extracting greater value from previous research investments. There are currently 28 countries signed up to the INOGOV Action, and the INOGOV mailing list currently has c.1200 members. To join INOGOV / access further details: