Paula Castro is a senior researcher at the Chair of Political Economy and Development (Prof. Katja Michaelowa).
She studied environmental engineering at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Peru) from 1998 to 2002. Between 2001 and 2005 she held several jobs related to environmental education, waste recycling, environmental impact assessments and biofuels production in Peru. In 2006 she completed a MSc in Environment and Development at the University of Reading (UK), where she wrote her MSc thesis entitled “Governance in combating desertification in Peru: The case of Apurimac Region”. Between 2006 and 2007 she was a consultant on the topic of biofuels in Peru. She joined the IPZ in December 2007 as a research assistant and PhD student, and became a postdoctoral researcher in 2011. In 2016-2017 she spent a research fellowship at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research of the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). Since March 2017 she is back at the IPZ with a SNF-funded MHV Grant for her project “Regime design and international cooperation: The role of differential treatment in multilateral environmental agreements”.
Paula’s research focuses on international climate and environmental policies and politics. Her PhD thesis looked at the use of international market mechanisms for climate change mitigation in developing and emerging economies, with a particular focus on how they interact with domestic climate-related policies and strategies. Her current work deals with the influence of power resources, negotiation strategies and institutions on international environmental negotiations. She is particularly interested in how a specific regime design feature - the differential treatment of member states to various multilateral environmental agreements - affects actual cooperation.