Hendrik Schopmans is an Affiliate Scholar of IASS and a PhD researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center as part of the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS). In his research, he focuses on technological change, norm contestation, and the governance of the global commons, in particular the oceans and polar regions. He holds a scholarship from the Green Political Foundation (Heinrich Böll Stiftung).
Hendrik worked at IASS as a research associate from October 2017 until September 2018, where he was involved in the project "Environmental Guidelines for German Arctic Policy". His main responsibility was the development of multiple research papers on Arctic shipping, the further development of the Polar Code, and Arctic tourism.
Hendrik holds an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where he conducted research on interstate disputes over maritime energy resources. Prior to joining IASS, he worked as a research fellow for the Israel Public Policy Institute, the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection, and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Israel, where he carried out policy research in the fields of marine protection and ocean governance.