Lena Maria Schaffer (2011) „Voluntary climate change initiatives in the U.S.: Analyzing participation in space and time“ Dissertation, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Nr. 19475 (

Contributions to edited volumes

Thomas Bernauer und Lena Maria Schaffer (2012) „Climate Change Governancein: Levi-Faur, David (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Governance, pp. 441-456. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ( ).

Lena Maria Schaffer and Alessio Levis (forthcoming 2021) “Public Discourses on (Sectoral) Energy Policy in Switzerland: Insights from Structural Topic Models” in Peter Hettich and Aya Kachi (Eds.), Swiss Energy Governance. Springer Nature.

Lena Maria Schaffer (2021) “The Politics of Green Taxation” Beitrag in: Hakelberg, Lukas and Laura Seelkopf (Eds.) Handbook on the Politics of Taxation, pp. 208-227. Edward Elgar Publishing

Research Articles

Maximilian Lüth and Lena Maria Schaffer “The Electoral Importance and Evolution of Climate Related Energy Policy: Evidence from Switzerland” conditionally accepted at Swiss Political Science Review.

Lena Maria Schaffer, Bianca Oehl und Thomas Bernauer (2021) “Are Policy-makers Responsive to Public Demand in Climate Politics? Journal of Public Policy.

Resul Umit und Lena Maria Schaffer (2020) “Attitudes towards carbon taxes across Europe: The role of perceived uncertainty and self-interest.Energy Policy

Lena Maria Schaffer und Gabriele Spilker (2019) Self-interest vs. Sociotropic Considerations: An Information-based Perspective to Understanding Individuals’ Trade Preferences”  Review of International Political Economy 26(6): 1266-1292.

Vally Koubi, Tobias Böhmelt, Gabriele Spilker und Lena Maria Schaffer (2018)„On the Determinants of Environmental Migrants’ Conflict PerceptionInternational Organization 72 (4): 905-936.  doi:10.1017/S0020818318000231.

Bianca Oehl, Lena Maria Schaffer und Thomas Bernauer (2017) “How to measure public demand for climate change when there is no appropriate survey data?Journal of Public Policy 37(2): 173-204.

Vally Koubi, Gabriele Spilker, Lena Maria Schaffer und Tobias Böhmelt (2016) “The role of environmental perceptions in migration decision-making: evidence from both migrants and non-migrants in five developing countries” Population and Environment 38 (2): 134-163.

Vally Koubi, Gabriele Spilker, Lena Maria Schaffer und Thomas Bernauer (2016) “Environmental Stressors and Migration: Evidence from VietnamWorld Development 79: 197-210.

Lena Maria Schaffer und Gabriele Spilker (2016) „Adding Another Level: Individual Responses to Globalization and Government Welfare PoliciesPolitical Science Research and Methods 4 (2): 399-426.

Lena Maria Schaffer und Thomas Bernauer (2014) Explaining Government Choices for Promoting Renewable Energy Energy Policy 68, May 2014: 15–27.

Gabriele Spilker, Lena Maria Schaffer und Thomas Bernauer (2012) „Does Social Capital Increase Public Support for Economic Globalization?European Journal of Political Research 51(6): 756-784.

Tobias Hofmann und Lena Maria Schaffer (2009) „Einmal Frieden und zurück? Friedensmissionen und die wiederkehrende Eskalation innerstaatlicher GewaltPolitische Vierteljahresschrift 34 Special Issue on „Identität, Institutionen und Ökonomie: Ursachen innenpolitischer Gewalt“.

Lena Maria Schaffer und Gerald Schneider (2005) „Die Prognosegüte von Wahlbörsen und Meinungsumfragen zur Bundestagswahl 2005Politische Vierteljahresschrift 45(4): 674-681.

Working Papers (available upon request)

under review

Koubi, Vally, Lena Schaffer, Gabriele Spilker und Tobias Böhmelt „Climate Events and the Role of Adaptive Capacity for (Im)mobilityR&R.

Resul Umit and Lena Maria Schaffer “Wind Turbines, Public Acceptance, and Electoral OutcomesR&R.

Lena Maria Schaffer and Resul Umit «Public Support for National vs. International Climate Change Obligations”.  R&R.

Lena Maria SchafferWho’s afraid of more ambitious climate policy? Distributional consequences and inequality perceptions in ratcheting up for the Paris Agreement

Lena Maria Schaffer and Resul Umit “Do they realize? Understanding Individual Preferences towards Energy Transition“.

prepared to be submitted

Lena Maria Schaffer and Gabriele Spilker “Individual Migration Preferences: Culture, Context or Competition?” (presented at APSA 2020, VIPES, GRIPE Webinar 2021)

Lena Maria Schaffer “The Political Geography of Energy Transition

Lena Maria Schaffer and Maximilian Lüth “Domestic Political Consequences of Climate Change: The Evolving Party Competition over Climate and Energy Policy” (previous version presented at ECPR 2020)

Lena Maria Schaffer und Florian Lichtin “Comparative Sectoral Politics of Climate Change“.


Lena Maria Schaffer and Zsuzsanna Magyar (2021) “Climate Change Policy: Distributional Implications and Preferences on Redistribution – Evidence from Switzerland (Pre-Analysis Plan).” Retrieved from

Zsuzsanna Magyar and Lena Maria Schaffer (2021). «Attitudes towards Climate Policy Change over Time – A Two-wave Panel Experiment on Campaign Effects (Pre-Analysis Plan).” Retrieved from

Lena Maria Schaffer and Gabriele Spilker (2020). “The Political Impact of the Free Movement of Persons.” OSF.

Lena Maria Schaffer und Gabriele Spilker (2020). “Individual Migration Preferences: Culture, Context or Competition?” OSF.

Resul Umit and Lena Maria Schaffer. (2020) “Pre-Analysis Plan for a Survey Experiment on Wind Turbines.” OSF.

dormant papers

Thomas Malang und Lena Maria Schaffer “Need for Speed? Countries’ temporal preferences regarding the implementation of EU law”

Lena Maria Schaffer “Beyond Adoption: Explaining Revisions of Renewable Energy Policies with Partisan Politics and Economic Conditions“.