Lisa Schäfer
Master of Arts (M.A.)

Lisa Schäfer is an Manager at adelphi and works in the fields of local climate action and Smart City. In her work, she pursues the goal of promoting capacity building in cities across Europe through knowledge transfer. In doing so, she empowers local actors to achieve sustainable development goals. Lisa Schäfer advises and supports cities in project and programme development, networking and capacity building in the areas of climate action and Smart Cities. In this endeavour, she can build on her in-depth knowledge of public administration, EU institutions and EU regional policy, as well as on her extensive experience in the fields of policy framing and stakeholder management in the EU.

Lisa Schäfer's responsibilities at adelphi include advising cities and municipalities on developing projects in the fields of Smart City, mobility, energy and awareness/participation. She is working on the organisation of knowledge management and mutual exchange as well as the structuring of the bilateral climate action dialogue at European level. Currently, she is leading the project Three4Climate, enabling horizontal and vertical knowledge transfer between cities from Germany, Portugal and Slovenia in the context of the EU Council Presidencies 2020-2021. In addition, she is responsible for the town twinning section within a project on networking and mutual learning with regard to EU climate policy. She is also leading a project to develop a Smart City concept for the city of Pirna. Lisa Schäfer is experienced in advising municipal actors on internal governance processes. Her competences also include the design, organisation and implementation of digital and analogue formats for capacity building and dialogue at European, national and local level.

Prior to joining adelphi, Lisa Schäfer gained practical experience in public affairs, in regional interest representation at European level and in the energy industry. At Dr. Koch Consulting, she also advised associations and municipal companies in the fields of climate protection, nature conservation and health and developed strategic communication concepts.

Lisa Schäfer completed a Master's degree in Democracy and European Governance at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and Sciences Po in Paris. Prior to this, she studied European Studies with a Bachelor's degree with a focus on political science at the University of Passau. In addition to her work at adelphi, Lisa Schäfer is doing her doctorate at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen in the field of decision-making processes and stakeholder management within the European Union. In this context, she has acquired profound knowledge of policy analysis, theory and application of qualitative methods of comparative political science.

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