Katherine Houghton

Project Scientist
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IASS Project(s)

  • Oceans Governance (Global Contract for Sustainability)
  • Sustainable Maritime Activities for Regional Transformation in the Arctic - SMART (in cross-Cluster cooperation with SIWA)

Research Interests

  • International environmental law with particular emphasis on the marine environment
  • adaptation to climate change and risk management
  • infrastructure planning and disaster risk management in development cooperation


Curriculum Vitae

  • PhD Candidate in International Law at the University of Trier – Thesis: “Adaptation to Climate Change: Towards a Risk Management Framework under International Law” (since 2009)
  • LL.M. in International Law – Thesis: “Effects of the 2005 Revision of the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations” (2006)
  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University – Thesis: “Environmental Ethics in International Relations” (2000)
  • BA in History, New York University (1996)
  • Since 10/2012: Project Scientist, Global Contract for Sustainability, IASS
  • 5/2011-10/2012: Research Associate, Institute for Environmental and Technology Law, University of Trier (Prof. Alexander Proelss)
  • 9/2009 - 9/2011: Research Associate, Walther Schücking Institute for International Law, University of Kiel (Prof. Alexander Proelss), German Yearbook of International Law
  • Further professional experience: technical project management for engineering, alternative dispute resolution, freelance journalist and translator for music and contemporary art

 Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

Further Information

Member, Integrated School of Ocean Studies, Excellence Cluster Future Ocean, University of Kiel