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 Katharina Kaesehage

Katharina Kaesehage

PhD student/Associate Research Fellow



In June 2010 I graduated from the University of Flensburg in Germany with a Master of Science in Management Studies. Afterwards I worked on the project "Energize the BoP! – Energy Business Models for Low-Income Markets" for the Emergia Institute in Berlin, in collaboration with the German Society for Technical Cooperation (GTZ). As the project related to innovative energy solutions, it motivated me to pursue a career in the wider field of climate change studies and to combine my passion for development studies, climate change and strategic management with renewable energies.

I collected additional practical experience in the field of energy and social behaviour during my stay abroad on Bali with the Indonesian energy supplier PT.PLN. I expanded my abilities while working as a student’s assistant at the Chair for International and Institutional Economics where I coordinated a workshop on Jamaica within the DAAD-Project “Barriers, drivers and unused potential related to sustainable energy systems”.

I acquired expertise on innovative business solutions for poverty reduction through my Master’s Thesis, which looked at value creation by aiming business goals in a way that it benefits social concerns. It showed that knowledge transfer can influence people’s behaviour and that it impacts their societal attitudes towards the environment.

I finished my Bachelor’s degree with a grade corresponding to an upper second-class and my Master’s degree with a grade corresponding to a first-class with distinction as best of my class.

It is my long-term goal to be active in the field of “Strategic Management” and “Development Studies”. I aspire to connect the value creation of businesses with social concerns in a way that it creates a win-win situation, which benefits all involved actors.


Research interests

I am doing a PhD on "Understanding and Communicating Climate Change in the Maritime Business Sector" funded by the European Social Fund. The project aims to help businesses understand the cultural and physical context of climate change, improve the formulation of government policies and provide individual business responses.

Aims of the project:

  • Help businesses understand the context of climate change
  • Improve the formulation of policies
  • Develop and provide individual business responses
  • Empower businesses to benefit from a competitive advantage

Research Questions:

  1. Political Analysis
    1. How is science on climate change translated into policies?
    2. How are these policies enforced on which levels?
  2. Business Analysis
    1. How do these policies impact/change the competitive context of businesses?
    2. How does science on climate change impact the competitive context of businesses due to a new consumer awareness?
    3. How do businesses respond to this?
  3. Conclusion
    1. How do policies need to look like instead so that businesses can better respond to climate change?
    2. In which ways can businesses better respond to it? What are their options/tools?

Research Approach:

  • Analyse businesses in the marine business sector
  • Focus on the South West of the United Kingdom, particularly Cornwall and other comparable regions
  • Enable cooperation between the public, governments and businesses
  • Bring businesses in the maritime sector together to discuss, practice and develop best practice
  • Evaluate strategic planning and policy options informed by the experience of other similar regions
  • Communicating the nature and impact of climate change to clients, customers, and partners
  • Develop a tool kit for businesses with various design options for each element of a business model


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