Jonas Schoenefeld

Dr. Jonas Schoenefeld

Research Associate

Working area(s)

Models of Housing and Energy Policy, IWU (Institut Wohnen und Umwelt)


Dr. Jonas Schoenefeld was a Research Associate at the Institute of Political Science from October 2016 until September 2020. During this time, he worked in Prof. Kai Schulze’s research group on Models of Housing and Energy Policy, as well as in Prof. Michèle Knodt’s group on Comparative Politics and European Integration. As a member of the Institute of Political Science, he researched municipal climate adaptation, the German Energiewende as part of the Kopernikus-Project ENAVI and served as the Network Manager of the COST Action ENTER (EU Foreign Policy Facing New Realities). Dr. Schoenefeld taught in the areas of methods and policy analysis.

Research interests

  • Governance
  • Public policy
  • Policy monitoring and evaluation
  • Politics of energy, climate change and the environment
10/2019 – 09/2020 Post-Doc in the project “Comparing municipal climate adaptation: The diffusion of policy innovations”
since 12/2018 Visiting Researcher, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Environmental Sciences, UK
04/2017 – 09/2019 Post-Doc, BMBF-project Kopernikus (Energiewende-Navigator), TU Darmstadt
10/2018 – 09/2019 Network Manager COST ENTER Project “EU Foreign Policy Facing New Realities”, TU Darmstadt
10/2016 – 03/2017 Research Associate with Prof. Kai Schulze (Models of Housing and Energy Policy)
10/2013 – 12/2018 Doctoral student at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK (Supervisors: Prof. Andrew Jordan, Dr. Irene Lorenzoni)
09/2011 – 09/2013 MPhil in Geography and the Environment, St Cross College, University of Oxford, UK
08/2007 – 05/2011 BA Psychologie (Minors in environmental studies and Spanish), Middlebury College, Vermont, USA

No courses at the moment

SoSe 2018

02-03-0017-ps Policy-Analyse I C

WiSe 2016/17

02-03-0020-ps Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. ; Rayner, Tim
Knodt, Michèle ; Kemmerzell, Jörg (eds.) (2019):
Monitoring energy policy.
In: Handbook of Energy Governance in Europe, Springer, [Book Section]

Jordan, Andrew ; Huitema, Dave ; Schoenefeld, Jonas J. ; Asselt, Harro van ; Forster, Johanna
Jordan, Andrew ; Huitema, Dave ; Van Asselt, Harro ; Forster, Johanna (eds.) (2018):
Governing climate change polycentrically : setting the scene.
In: Governing climate change : polycentricity in action?, pp. 3-25, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 1108418120,
[Book Section]

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. ; Schulze, Kai ; Hildén, Mikael ; Jordan, Andrew J. (2021):
The Challenging Paths to Net-Zero Emissions: Insights from the Monitoring of National Policy Mixes.
In: The International Spectator, 56 (3), pp. 24-40. DOI: 10.1080/03932729.2021.1956827,

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. ; Knodt, Michèle (2021):
Softening the surface but hardening the core? Governing renewable energy in the EU.
In: West European Politics, 44 (1), pp. 49-71. DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2020.1761732,

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. (2020):
Interest Groups, NGOs or Civil Society Organisations? The Framing of Non-State Actors in the EU.
In: VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, DOI:,

Knodt, Michèle ; Schoenefeld, Jonas J. (2020):
Harder soft governance in European climate and energy policy: exploring a new trend in public policy.
In: Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 22 (6), pp. 761-773. DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2020.1832885,

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. ; Jordan, Andrew J. (2020):
Towards harder soft governance? Monitoring climate policy in the EU.
In: Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 22 (6), pp. 774-786. DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2020.1792861,

Stephenson, Paul J. ; Schoenefeld, Jonas J. ; Leeuw, Frans L. (2019):
The Politicisation of Evaluation: Constructing and Contesting EU Policy Performance.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 60 (4), Springer, ISSN 0032-3470,
DOI: 10.1007/s11615-019-00212-7,

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. ; Jordan, Andrew J (2019):
Environmental policy evaluation in the EU: between learning, accountability, and political opportunities?
In: Environmental Politics, 28 (2), pp. 365-384. Routledge, ISSN 0964-4016,

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. ; Schulze, Kai ; Hildén, Mikael ; Jordan, Andrew J. (2019):
Policy Monitoring in the EU: The Impact of Institutions, Implementation, and Quality.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 60 (4), ISSN 0032-3470,
DOI: 10.1007/s11615-019-00209-2,

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. ; Hildén, Mikael ; Jordan, Andrew J. (2018):
The challenges of monitoring national climate policy: learning lessons from the EU.
In: Climate Policy, 18 (1), pp. 118-128. Taylor & Francis, ISSN 1469-3062,

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. ; Jordan, Andrew (2017):
Governing policy evaluation? Towards a new typology.
In: Evaluation, 23 (3), pp. 274-293. SAGE Publications, ISSN 1356-3890,

Tosun, Jale ; Schoenefeld, Jonas J. (2017):
Collective climate action and networked climate governance.
In: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 8 (1), pp. e440. Wiley Online Library, ISSN 1757-7780,

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. (2016):
Book Review: National climate policy: a multi-field approach, by Elin Lerum Boasson.
In: Environmental Politics, 25 (2), pp. 389-391. Taylor and Francis, [Article]

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. ; McCauley, Michelle R (2016):
Local is not always better: the impact of climate information on values, behavior and policy support.
In: Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 6 (4), pp. 724-732. Springer, ISSN 2190-6483,

Jordan, Andrew J. ; Huitema, Dave ; Hildén, Mikael ; Asselt, Harro van ; Rayner, Tim J. ; Schoenefeld, Jonas J. ; Tosun, Jale ; Forster, Johanna ; Boasson, Elin L. (2015):
Emergence of polycentric climate governance and its future prospects.
In: Nature Climate Change, 5 (11), pp. 977-982. Nature Publishing Group, ISSN 1758-6798,

Steinbacher, Karoline ; Schoenefeld, Jonas J. (2015):
Governing the EU 2030 renewables target: What role for regional governance?
In: INOGOV Policy Brief, 2015 (1), pp. 1-4. Innovations in Climate Governance, [Article]

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. (2014):
Book Review: EU Climate Policy: Industry, Policy Interaction and External Environment.
In: Journal Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 22 (2), pp. 208-210. Taylor and Francis, [Article]

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. (2014):
Book Review: Media Meets Climate: The Global Challenge for Journalism.
In: Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 22 (3), pp. 352-354. Taylor and Francis, [Article]

Rubin, Ron ; Schoenefeld, Jonas J. (2009):
Becoming our own leaders: Decision-making at school and home.
In: Reclaiming Children and Youth, 18 (3), pp. 7-11. Starr Global Learning Network, [Article]