Lena Bendlin

Dr. Lena Bendlin

Affiliate Scholar

Dr. Lena Bendlin's research focusses on the success factors for the diffusion of innovations for sustainability and climate change mitigation. She is especially interested in governance modes for policy experimentation and transfer in multi-level systems and local and municipal conditions for implementation. She studied political science at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and Sciences Po Lille and graduated in the Franco-German double degree program for European Studies. With a stipend from the Heinrich Böll Foundation, she did a doctorate at the Otto Suhr Institute at Freie Universität Berlin on the governance of voluntary local climate policy in the EU. As a research associate at the Environmental Policy Research Centre, Dr. Lena Bendlin taught various courses on European environmental and climate policy, policy analysis, multi-level governance and the gender dimensions of climate policy. Since January 2018, she works on transdisciplinary research projects for urban transformations at the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) in Berlin.

  • Since 2018 Research Asscociate at the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu), Berlin
  • 2013-2017 Doctoral scholarship holder at Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • 2008-2013 Research Associate at the Environmental Policy Research Centre, Berlin
  • Multi-level Governance
  • Policy Transfer
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Participatory Governance
  • (Local) Climate Policy

Publications at the IASS

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Domorenok, Ekaterina, Giuseppe Acconcia, Lena Bendlin, Xira Ruiz Campillo (2020): Experiments in EU Climate Governance: The Unfulfilled Potential of the Covenant of Mayors. In: Global Environmental Politics, 20. Jg., Nr. 4, S.122-142. https://doi.org/10.1162/glep_a_00563
  • Bendlin, Lena (2020): Orchestrating Local Climate Policy in the European Union. Inter‐Municipal Coordination and the Covenant of Mayors in Germany and France. (=Climate and Energy Policy) Wiesbaden: VS Springer. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-658-26506-9
  • Busch, Henner, Lena Bendlin, Paul Fenton (2018): Shaping local response - The influence of transnational municipal climate networks on urban climate governance (with). In: Urban Climate, 24. Jg., S. 221-230. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2018.03.004
  • Bendlin, Lena (2016): Cities' Views and Ownership of the Covenant of Mayors. In: Kemmerzell, Jörg; Knodt, Michèle; Tews, Anne (Hrsg.): Städte und Energiepolitik im europäischen Mehrebenensystem. Zwischen Energiesicherheit, Nachhaltigkeit und Wettbewerb. Baden-Baden: Nomos, S. 101-124. http://dx.doi.org/10.5771/9783845262390