Patrick Schroeder - Research Fellow
Dr Patrick Schroeder’s main research interests relate to the global transition to a circular economy within the context of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) systems and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He also has expertise on issues relating to China’s renewable energy development and civil society participation in China’s environmental governance.
Prior to joining IDS, Patrick was based in Beijing from 2008-2015. He worked extensively in development cooperation programmes of the European Union, including the SWITCH-Asia Programme and the EU-China Environmental Governance Programme. He also has worked for the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ/CIM) as Senior International Advisor to the China Association for NGO Cooperation, coordinating the China Civil Climate Action Network. As development consultant he has worked for the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), the Heinrich Boell Foundation and UNEP.
Patrick holds a BA Hons in Chinese from the University of Westminster, an MA in International Relations and a PhD in Environmental Studies both from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Sustainable Asia: Supporting the Transition to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asian Developing Countries
This book provides an overview and analysis of the current status of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asian developing countries. The book focuses on projects supported by the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia Programme, a regional development cooperation programme promoting the adoption of SCP practices among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and consumer groups in Asia since 2007. More details
A Pillar of National Energy Security: Industrial Energy Efficiency
This chapter on industrial energy efficiency offers an overview of the policies and efforts undertaken by the Chinese government to reduce energy consumption, an important element of China’s energy security strategy. More details
'Lifestyle Leapfrogging' in Emerging Economics: Enabling Systemic Shifts to Sustainable ConsumptionJournal of Consumer Policy (2016)
This paper combines the concept of leapfrogging with systems-thinking approaches to outline the potentials for and barriers to enabling systemic shifts to strong sustainable consumption in the emerging economies of China and India. More details
Virtuous Circle: How the Circular Economy Can Create Jobs and Save Lives in Low and Middle-income Countries
This short paper – primarily for development policy-makers and practitioners – highlights a significant opportunity to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. More details
Will solar PV create a wave of toxic battery waste in rural Africa?13 Dec 2016
By Patrick Schroeder
Can circular economy practices solve Singapore’s food waste challenge?29 Nov 2016
By Patrick Schroeder