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Niklas Weins

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During my BA in Economics and Politics of Asia at Ruhr Universität Bochum (Germany, 2010-15), I studied China-Latin America relations and spent semesters at Tongji University (China, 2013-14) and Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (Mexico, 2014). After my graduation, I worked as an associate researcher in the UNU-IAS project Studio Cities and Biodiversity at the Federal University of Technology Parana (Brazil) where I completed an MA in Technology and Society (2017-19) and conducted research on circular economy and the implementation of local environmental policies.During my PhD in Environment and Society at the Center for Environmental Studies and Research (NEPAM) at the State University of Campinas (Brazil, 2019-23), my research took a multi-level approach to Chinas environmental governance. My research focused on ecological compensation mechanisms (生态补偿机制) and the concept of Ecological Civilization (生态文明) on which I also worked durign my time as a visiting research at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University (Netherlands, 2021-22).I am interested in the political economy of environmental issues (biodiversity, conservation, climate change) and Chinas relations with the Global South in bilateral and multilateral institutions.

My office hour is Thursdays from 15:00-16:00. Please schedule a 15-minute slot via Calendly or send an email to at least one day before to confirm your appointment.

Research interests

Global environmental governance

China - Latin America relations

Circular economy

Risk society

Payments for Ecosystem Services

International organizations

Environmental policies



Social service voluntary, Centro de Estudios, Promocion y Asistencia Social, Santiago de Veraguas, Panama, 2009-2010

Visiting Researcher, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 2021-2022

Associate Researcher Studio Cities and Biodiversity, Federal University of Technology, 2015-2019

Exchange student, Autonomous Metropolitan University, Mexico, 2014

Exchange student, Tongji University, China, 2013-2014


Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool: HSS003-2324-S1, Introduction to Humanities and Social Sciences (Lecture: Nation, Nationalism, Globalization)

State University of Campinas: CS214 B, Tópicos em Estudos das Relações China-Brasil II: BRICS e a Globalização: Interação, Desenvolvimento e Diálogo (Teaching Assistant)

Guest lectures:

  • University Institute of Lisbon (CEI-Iscte): Centre for International Studies
  • Federal University of Technology Paraná: Global environmental change
  • Federal University of Technology Paraná: Public policy and management
  • State University of Campinas: CS213C, Tópicos em Estudos das Relações China-Brasil I Introdução ao Estudo da China: Uma abordagem multidisciplinar (Guest Lecture: Environmental politics)
  • State University of Campinas: AS-005A, Sociologia Ambiental
  • University of Brasília: Institute of International Relations (Guest lecture, China in global environmental governance)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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Education/Academic qualification

BA in Economics and Politics of East Asia, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, 2015

MA in Technology and Society, Federal University of Technology, Brazil, 2019

PhD in Environment and Society, State University of Campinas, Brazil, 2023


  • JZ International relations

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