Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alice Vadrot

I am a French-Austrian political scientist experimenting with different social science methods to study and shape global environmental agreement-making in biodiversity conservation and ocean protection. Since February 2021, I have been an Associate Professor in International Relations and the Environment at the Department of Political Science of the University of Vienna. I have spent the last 15 years developing as a social scientist and enthusiast for global environmental politics, science-policy interrelations, and (marine) biodiversity governance.

My research focuses on the processes, practices, and actors shaping the production and use of knowledge in and beyond multilateral environmental diplomacy. In 2018, the European Research Council awarded me a Starting Grant for my ERC project MARIPOLDATA (2018-2024), which develops and applies a new methodological approach to empirically studying science-policy interrelations in marine biodiversity governance. I set up an interdisciplinary research group that experimented with mixed-methods approaches, including Collaborative Event Ethnography (CEE), social network analysis, bibliometrics, and Oral History. I have a strong profile in inter- and transdisciplinary research projects and collaborations with natural scientists and practitioners. Since 2022, I have been part of the EU project MARCO-BOLO, co-developing and designing data products for better environmental decision-making. In July 2023, I received an ERC Consolidator Grant (2024-2029) for my research project TwinPolitics: “Unlocking the full potential of digital twins for a sustainable ocean future.”

My research matches my strong interest in and passion for biodiversity and the ocean, which motivates my media activities and public engagement: I have been involved in several intergovernmental negotiation processes in different capacities, including as a member of the Austrian delegation. Since 2019, I have been a member of the Austrian Biodiversity Council (Österreichischer Biodiversitätsrat) and part of its managing board. Since 2022, I have been a member of the EU Mission Board “Restore our Oceans and Waters,” advising the European Commission. 

Contact Details

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alice Vadrot

Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
Kolingasse 14-16, 5th floor, 5.08.

1090 Vienna, Austria