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Dr. Paula Mónica Castro Pareja

Dr. Paula Mónica Castro Pareja

Dr. Paula Mónica Castro Pareja

ZHAW School of Management and Law
Center for Energy and Environment
Bahnhofplatz 12
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 48 09

Personal profile

Position at the ZHAW

Research Associate

Expertise and research interests

Climate policy and politics, Environmental politics, International negotiations, Carbon markets, Network analysis, Quantitative text analysis

Educational background

2013 PhD, Department of Political Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2006 MSc Environment and Development, University of Reading, UK
2002 BSc Environmental engineering, National Agrarian University La Molina, Peru

Professional milestones

2017-2020 Senior research associate, Department of Political Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
2013-2016 Senior research associate, Department of Political Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2007-2013 Research and teaching assistant and post-doctoral researcher, Department of Political Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2006-2007 Consultant on biofuels, Practical Action, Peru
2003-2005 Research and teaching assistant, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, National Agrarian University La Molina, Peru

Membership of networks


Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Beiträge in wissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften / Peer-reviewed articles

Castro, Paula, 2020. Past and future of burden sharing in the climate regime: Positions and ambition from a top-down to a bottom-up governance system. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 20: 41–60.

Pauw, Pieter; Castro, Paula; Pickering, Jonathan; Bhasin, Shikha, 2020. Conditional nationally determined contributions in the Paris Agreement: Foothold for equity or Achilles heel? Climate Policy, 20(4): 468–484.

Castro, Paula, 2016. Common but differentiated responsibilities beyond the nation state: How is differential treatment addressed in transnational climate governance initiatives? Transnational Environmental Law, 5(2): 379–400.

Castro, Paula; Hörnlein, Lena; Michaelowa, Katharina, 2014. Constructed peer groups and path dependence in international organizations: The case of the international climate change negotiations. Global Environmental Change, 25: 109–120.

Stadelmann, Martin; Castro, Paula, 2014. Climate policy innovation in the South - domestic and international determinants of renewable energy policies in developing and emerging countries. Global Environmental Change, 29: 413–423.

Betzold, Carola; Castro, Paula; Weiler, Florian, 2012. AOSIS in the UNFCCC negotiations: from unity to fragmentation? Climate Policy 12(5): 591–613.

Castro, Paula, 2012. Does the CDM discourage emission reduction targets in advanced developing countries? Climate Policy 12(2): 198–218.

Castro, Paula; Michaelowa, Axel, 2011. Would preferential access measures be sufficient to overcome current barriers to CDM projects in Least Developed Countries? Climate and Development 3: 123–142.

Castro, Paula; Michaelowa, Axel, 2010. The impact of discounting emission credits on the competitiveness of different CDM host countries. Ecological Economics 70: 34–42.

Calle, Jose; Coello, Javier; Castro, Paula, 2005. Options for biodiesel production in Peru. Mosaico Científico 2(2): 70–77.

Bücher / Books

Castro, Paula, 2014. Climate change mitigation in developing countries: A critical assessment of the Clean Development Mechanism. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Castro, Paula, 2010. Governance in combating desertification in Peru: The case of Apurimac Region. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.

Acosta, Fernando; Castro, Paula; Cortijo, Elsa, 2008. Manual de construcción y uso de reactor para producción de biodiesel a pequeña escala (Handbook for building and using a reactor for small-scale biodiesel production). Lima: Soluciones Prácticas.

Castro, Paula; Coello, Javier; Castillo, Liliana, 2007. Opciones para la producción y uso de biodiesel en el Perú (Options for biodiesel production and use in Peru). Lima: Soluciones Prácticas.

Sueiro, Juan Carlos; Cornejo, Astrid; Castro, Paula, 2005. La zona costera peruana: recursos, usos y gestión (The Peruvian coastal zone: resources, uses and management). Lima: CooperAcción.

Buchkapitel / Book chapters

Andonova, Liliana; Castro, Paula; Chelminski, Kathryn, 2018. Transferring technologies: The polycentric governance of clean energy technology. In: Andrew Jordan, David Huitema, Harro van Asselt and Johanna Forster (eds.), Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action? Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 266–284.

Zahno, Martina; Castro, Paula, 2017. Renewable energy deployment at the interplay between support policies and fossil fuel subsidies. In: Stefan E. Weishaar, Larry Kreiser, Janet E. Milne, Hope Ashiabor and Michael Mehling (eds.), The Green Market Transition: Carbon Taxes, Energy Subsidies and Smart Instrument Mixes, Volume XIX of Series Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 97–112.

Buen Jørund; Castro, Paula, 2012. How Brazil and China have financed industry development and energy security initiatives that support mitigation objectives. In: Axel Michaelowa (ed.), Carbon Markets or Climate Finance: Low Carbon and Adaptation Investment Choices for the Developing World. London: Routledge, pp. 53–91.

Friberg, Lars; Castro, Paula, 2009. Análise empírica do desempenho de projetos MDL: Estudo de caso Brasil. In: Markus Brose (ed.), O pagamento por serviços ambientais - O mercado de carbono promove a inclusão social? Goiânia, Brazil: Care Brasil, Editora da Universidade Católica de Goiás, pp. 123–147.

Berichte / Reports and policy papers

Klöck, Carola; Castro, Paula, 2018. Coalitions in global climate change negotiations. Policy Brief No. 5, Innovations in Climate Governance (INOGOV).

Castro, Paula; Betzold, Carola, 2016. Climate finance after the Paris Agreement. New directions or more of the same? Global Governance Spotlight 3/2016. Bonn, Germany: Development and Peace Foundation.

Cames, Martin; Healy, Sean; Harthan, Ralph; Castro, Paula; Michaelowa, Axel; Hayashi, Daisuke; Dransfeld, Björn; Butzengeiger, Sonja, 2013. Design of the post-2012 climate regime: Sectoral approaches for greenhouse gas mitigation. Final Report for the German Federal Environment Agency. Berlin, Zurich, Hamburg: Öko-Institut, University of Zurich, Perspectives Climate Change.

Michaelowa, Axel; Castro, Paula; Bagchi, Chandreyee, 2013. Report on stakeholder mapping: Multi-level interaction of climate policy stakeholders in the run-up to the 2015 agreement. Research Report. Brussels: EU FP7 Project POLIMP (Mobilizing and transferring knowledge on post-2012 climate policy implications).

Castro, Paula; Duwe, Matthias; Köhler, Michel; Zelljadt, Elizabeth, 2012. Market-based mechanisms in a post 2012 climate change regime. Summary Report for the German Federal Environment Agency. Hamburg, Berlin, Zurich: Perspectives Climate Change, Ecologic Institute, University of Zurich.

Castro, Paula; Hayashi, Daisuke; Harthan, Ralph; Cames, Martin; Michaelowa, Axel, 2012. Setting baselines for the new market mechanism: Examples from the power, cement and buildings sectors. Öko-Institut Discussion Paper.

Castro, Paula; Hayashi, Daisuke; Kristiansen, Kjell Olav; Michaelowa, Axel; Stadelmann, Martin, 2011. Linking RE Promotion Policies with International Carbon Trade (LINK) - Scoping study for IEA- RETD.

Castro, Paula; Hayashi, Daisuke; Stadelmann, Martin; Michaelowa, Axel; Cames, Martin; Healy, Sean, 2011. Solving the MRV challenge for new market-based mechanisms: What can past experience teach us? Öko-Institut Discussion Paper.

Stadelmann, Martin; Castro, Paula; Michaelowa, Axel, 2011. Is there a leverage paradox within climate finance? Working paper. Cambridge, UK: Climate Strategies.

Stadelmann, Martin; Castro, Paula; Michaelowa, Axel, 2011. Mobilising private finance for low-carbon development. Final report. Cambridge, UK: Climate Strategies.

Butzengeiger-Geyer, Sonja; Castro, Paula; Harthan, Ralph; Hayashi, Daisuke; Healy, Sean; Maribu Karl Magnus; Michaelowa, Axel; Okubo, Yuri; Schneider, Lambert; Storrø, Ingunn, 2010. Options for utilizing the CDM for global emission reductions. Report UBA-FB 001414/E. Dessau-Roßlau, Germany: German Federal Environment Agency.

Castro, Paula; Michaelowa, Axel, 2008. Empirical analysis of performance of CDM projects: final report. Cambridge, UK: Climate Strategies.

Castro, Paula; Benecke, Gudrun, 2008. Empirical analysis of performance of CDM projects: case study India. Discussion Paper CDM-7. Cambridge, UK: Climate Strategies.

Castro, Paula, 2008. Empirical analysis of performance of CDM projects: case study China. Discussion Paper CDM-6. Cambridge, UK: Climate Strategies.

Coello, Javier; Castro, Paula, 2008. Biocombustibles, agua y agricultura en los Andes (Biofuels, water and agriculture in the Andes). Revista Virtual REDESMA, Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios.

Castro, Paula, 2007. Empirical analysis of performance of CDM projects: rejections and withdrawals. Discussion Paper CDM-4. Cambridge, UK: Climate Strategies.