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Pauline Heinrichs

Dr Pauline Heinrichs

Lecturer in War Studies (Climate and Energy)

Research interests

  • Environment
  • Affordable & clean energy (SDG 7)
  • Politics
  • Conflict


Pauline is a lecturer in War Studies (Climate and Energy). Her research focuses on international climate diplomacy and the contestation of state security narratives in the context of climate change.

Pauline has worked with and led international teams in conflict and post-conflict countries such as Ukraine and the Baltic States, leading on qualitative methods and strategic narrative analysis. She has been selected as an Emerging Scholar by the Milton Wolf Seminar on Public Diplomacy. Pauline received her MA in International Security from Sciences Po, Paris and her PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London.

 Pauline also brings professional climate diplomacy and foreign policy experience having worked for Germany’s foreign office and an international climate think tank. In her role as a Senior Policy Advisor at E3G, closely working with the UK Government and international partners, she built a technical assistance facility responding to over 30 requests from key energy transition countries as part of the UK’s COP26 strategy. She advised G7 and G20 governments on their energy transitions and cooperated closely with key energy transition countries, especially in Africa and Southeast Asia.  

Research interests

  • Climate change and international orders
  • Critical energy security
  • Ontological security, civil disobedience, and climate activism
  • Contestation of security narratives and state legitimacy in the Anthropocene



  • Sabatovych, I. and Heinrichs, P. (2021). Negotiating Global Uncertainty, Identity and Europeanisation. An Examination of Youth Narrative Processes between Ukraine and the Baltic States. Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. 29(4): 303–327.
  • Heinrichs, P. (2020). The Strategic Narration of Future Identity During Times of Crises. Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies. 12(3):13–23
  • Sabatovych, I., Heinrichs, P., Hobova Y. and Velychenko, V. (2019). The Narratives behind the EU’s external perceptions: How Civil Society and Elites in Ukraine, Israel and Palestine “Learn” EU Norms. European Security. 28(3): 284–303.
  • Heinrichs, P. (2019) Narrating Uncertainty and the European Neighbourhood Policy: Evidence from Ukrainian, Israeli and Palestinian Civil Society Elites. Global Affairs. 5(1): 55–62.

Edited special issues

  • Chaban, N., Heinrichs, P., Miskimmon A. and O’Loughlin, B. (2021): Reimagining Europe in Cross-Generational Dialogues: Youth Narratives and Perceptions. The EU, Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic States. Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. 29(4): 281–301.
  • Heinrichs, P., Chaban, N., Osicka, J. and Zapletova, V. (2020). Changing Realities, Changing Narratives? A Narrative Reading of EU Perceptions in a Changing Europe. Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies. 12(3): 3–12. 


Pauline teaches on the modules National Security, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy and Global Politics.