Dr Patrick Schröder

Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Centre


Dr Patrick Schröder specializes in research on the global transition to an inclusive circular economy with a focus on international policy coordination, closing the investment gap, the role of global trade and the contribution of the circular economy to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to joining Chatham House, he was Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. From 2008 to 2015 he was based in Beijing where he worked extensively in development cooperation programmes of the European Union and climate change programmes with the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ).

He currently is Coordinating Lead Author for UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook 7 and member of the International Science Council expert group on plastic pollution.

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.

Past experience

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