Dr Alice Vadrot

Assistant Professor at University of Vienna

Assistant Professor in International Relations, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Dr Alice Vadrot is an Assistant Professor of International Relations with a focus on Environmental Politics, in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna.

She is a political scientist and the principal investigator of the ERC funded research project MARIPOLDATA, running from November 2018 to October 2023. The project is developing and applying a new interdisciplinary and multi-scale approach to studying new forms of power at the intersection of science and politics. The team aims to understand how we will govern oceans in the future and how inequalities related to science and data infrastructure can be addressed, studied and reduced.

In spring 2019 Alice became a Visiting Research Fellow at CSaP, having previously carried out research at CSaP as an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow of the Austrian Research Fund (2015-2017). Her research focused on the epistemic and political dimensions of emerging institutional arrangements at the interface of conservation science and biodiversity policy.

Prior to her time at CSaP, Alice held a four-year research post at the ICCR Foundation and then served as Head of Research at NEOS Lab, a political think tank based in Vienna. In 2014 she was a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund.

Her work addresses the role of knowledge and science in global environmental politics and policies. She has conducted extensive research on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and developed the concept of “epistemic selectivities”, which she uses to describe and understand the processes that lead to epistemic authority, legitimacy and scientific and political self-evidence in global environmental politics. Vadrot is the author of “The Politics of Knowledge and Global Biodiversity” (Routledge, 2014) and editor of several special issues, research articles and editorials.


  • 25 June 2019, 12pm

    The role of oral histories in understanding science-policy interrelations

    Dr Alice Vadrot, principal investigator of the ERC funded research project MARIPOLDATA, and the Centre for Science and Policy will be hosting a workshop on the role of oral histories in understanding science-policy interrelations.

  • 8 February 2017, 5:30pm

    CSaP Annual Lecture 2017: Professor Chris Whitty, Department of Health

    There will be profound changes in health and disease over the next 20 years. The causes, demography and geography of ill health will shift significantly whilst the trend of demand for healthcare growing more rapidly than GNI is likely to continue. This lecture by Professor Chris Whitty discussed how it can predict, and help respond to, the policy challenges that will follow over the next 2 decades.