Cille Kaiser MSc

PhD Candidate
Environmental Governance

Cille Kaiser is a PhD candidate in the Environmental Governance group at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. Trained in the liberal arts and sciences, she has an interdisciplinary background specializing in political science, environmental governance, and communication. Cille’s research interests centre on the oftentimes intricate interplay between policy action and perceptions of social justice and climate justice.


Within the BACKLASH Project, her work focuses on the sociopolitical dynamics of policy backlash, drawing on cases of contentious climate policymaking in France and the United Kingdom.


Cille holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences from Amsterdam University College and a Master of Science in Political Science from VU University Amsterdam, where she specialized in global environmental governance. She has also participated in an academic exchange with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she studied journalism and sociology. Prior to joining the BACKLASH project, Cille worked as a junior lecturer at the VU’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration.