Jonas Schoenefeld

University of East Anglia

Visiting Researcher


Throughout my research career, I have focused on sustainability and particularly the politics of the environment, climate change and energy. I hold a PhD from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, an MPhil from the University of Oxford and a BA from Middlebury College, USA. In October 2016, I joined the Institute for Political Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt/Germany as a research associate, but remain a visiting researcher at the Tyndall Centre.

Research Interests

  • Energy, climate, and environmental politics
  • Policy monitoring and evaluation
  • Polycentric governance
  • Deliberative democracy
  • Climate change values, attitudes and behavior

Networks and Service

I co-coordinate the UACES Research Network "The Role of Europe in Gobal Challenges: Climate Change and Sustainable Development" (2020-2023) with Dr. Rosa Fernandez (University of Chester) and Prof. Thomas Hoerber (University of Angers, France). 

I am co-founder, editor and author of the Environmental Europe Blog (with Dr. Viviane Gravey, Queens University Belfast and Dr. Brendan Moore, University of East Anglia).


Publication name:  Jonas J. Schoenefeld

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Journal Articles

Schoenefeld, J.J., & Jordan, A.J. (2020). Towards Harder Soft Governance? Monitoring Climate Policy in the EU. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. DOI:

Schoenefeld, J.J., & Knodt, M. (2020). Softening the surface, but hardening the core? Governing renewables in the EU. West European Politics. DOI:

Stephenson, P. J., Schoenefeld, J. J., & Leeuw, F. L. (2019). The politicisation of evaluation: Constructing and contesting EU policy performance. Politische Vierteljahresschrift/German Political Science Quarterly, 60(4), 663-679.

Schoenefeld, J. J., Schulze, K., Hildén, M., & Jordan, A. J. (2019). Policy monitoring in the EU: The impact of institutions, implementation, and quality. Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 60(4), 719-741.

Schoenefeld, J. J., & Jordan, A. J. (2019). Environmental policy evaluation in the EU: between learning, accountability, and political opportunities? Environmental Politics, 28(2), 365-384.

Schoenefeld, J. J., Hildén, M., & Jordan, A. J. (2018). The challenges of monitoring national climate policy: learning lessons from the EU. Climate Policy, 18(1), 118-128.

Schoenefeld, J.J., & Jordan, A.J. (2017). Governing policy evaluation? Towards a new typology. Evaluation, 23(3), 274-293. [2018 IF: 1.843]

Tosun, J., & Schoenefeld, J. J. (2017). Collective climate action and networked climate governance. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 8(1).

Schoenefeld, J. J., & McCauley, M. R. (2016). Local is not always better: the impact of climate information on values, behavior and policy support. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 6(4), 724-732.

Jordan, A. J., Huitema, D., Hildén, M., Van Asselt, H., Rayner, T. J., Schoenefeld, J. J., ... & Boasson, E. L. (2015). Emergence of polycentric climate governance and its future prospects. Nature Climate Change, 5(11), 977-982.

Book chapters

Schoenefeld, J.J., & Rayner, T. (2019). Monitoring energy policy. In M. Knodt und J. Kemmerzell (Eds.), Handbook of energy governance in Europe. Heidelberg: Springer Nature. Available at:

 Jordan, A.J., Huitema, D., Schoenefeld, J.J., van Asselt, H., & Forster, J. (2018). Governing climate change polycentrically: Setting the scene. In A. J. Jordan, D. Huitema, H. van Asselt und J. Forster (Eds.), Governing climate change: Polycentricity in action? (pp. 3-25). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Policy Brief

Steinbacher, K., & Schoenefeld, J.J. (2015). Governing the EU 2030 renewables target: What role for regional governance? INOGOV Policy Brief. Available at:

Book Reviews

Schoenefeld, Jonas. 2016. National Climate Policy: a Multi-field Approach. Environmental Politics, 25 (2): 389-391.
Schoenefeld, Jonas. 2014. Media Meets Climate: The Global Challenge for Journalism. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 22 (3): 352-354.
Schoenefeld, Jonas. 2014. EU Climate Policy: Industry, Policy Interaction and External Environment. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 22 (2): 208-210.

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