Dr Patrick Schröder

Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Programme


Patrick Schröder is a Senior Research Fellow in the Environment and Society Programme.

At Chatham House he specializes in research on the global transition to an inclusive circular economy with a specific focus on collaborative opportunities between key countries, closing the investment gap and building an evidence base for trade in the circular economy.

Prior to joining Chatham House, he was Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, where he conducted research and taught on the circular economy in developing country contexts and the Sustainable Development Goals.

From 2008-2015 he was based in Beijing where he worked extensively in development cooperation programmes of the European Union, including the SWITCH-Asia Programme. the EU-China Environmental Governance Programme and the EU-China Civil Society Dialogue. He also has worked for the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ/CIM) in German-Chinese climate change cooperation programmes.

Patrick holds a BA Hons in Chinese from the University of Westminster and received his MA in International Relations and PhD in Environmental Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

He is co-editor of the book The Circular Economy and the Global South: Sustainable Lifestyles and Green Industrial Development, published by Routledge in April 2019.

Past experience

2016-19 Research fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
2013-16 Key expert, EU SWITCH-Asia Network Facility
2009-13 Senior international advisor, GIZ/CIM 
2008-09 Consultant, Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)
2007-10 PhD Environmental Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand & China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing