Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Dr Bettina Wittneben

MSc Teaching Associate


Bettina Wittneben is an award-winning researcher and passionate educator. She investigates institutional change in the international climate policy realm. Her work is published in academic management studies journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, as well as practitioner journals, such as Energy Policy. She takes pride in her teaching with the aim of building knowledge, strengthening academic research skills and empowering future leaders to tackle sustainability challenges.

Bettina holds a PhD in Strategic Management and Organisation Theory from the Judge Business School and Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. She also holds MBA degrees from the Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta, Canada, (International Business) and the Grenoble Ecole de Management, France (Technology Management). Her Bachelor degree in Education (double major Science and Second Language Acquisition) is from the University of Alberta. Bettina is a German national and lives in Radley with her husband, daughter and two springer spaniels.

Current Research

  • Deep Decarbonisation of Energy-Intensive Industry
  • Changing Institutional Logics in Climate Finance


Dr Bettina Wittneben teaches the MSc Elective Strategic Environmental Management and the workshop ‘UNFCCC Model Negotiations’ in the Governance Module. She also teaches at Saïd Business School in the MBA Programme.


Schüssler, E., Rüling, C. and Wittneben, B. 2016. Klimakonferenzen. in Besio and Gateano (eds.) Zum gesellschaftlichen Umgang mit dem Klimawandel. Kooperationen und Kollisionen.

Kiyar, D.; Wittneben, B. 2015. Carbon as Investment Risk—The Influence of Fossil Fuel Divestment on Decision Making at Germany’s Main Power Providers. Energies 8: 9620-9639.

Schüssler, E., Rüling, C. and Wittneben, B. 2014. On Melting Summits: The Limitations of Field-configuring Events as Catalysts of Change in Transnational Climate Policy. Academy of Management Journal 57 (1): 140–171.

Loorbach, D. and Wittneben, B. 2013. Science and Sustainability – A Transition Research Perspective. in Appleton, J. (ed.) Values in Sustainable Development Routledge.

Wittneben, B., Okereke, C., Banerjee, B., and Levy, D. 2012. Climate Change and the Emergence of New Organizational Landscapes. Organization Studies 33(11): 1431-1450. This article was our editors’ introduction to a special issue on this topic. One of the featured articles was awarded the paper of the year award.

Kiyar, D. and Wittneben, B. 2012. Nuclear Energy in the European Union After Fukushima: Political and Economic Considerations. CESifo DICE Report, Journal for Institutional Comparisons 10(3): 9-15, ifo Institute, University of Munich.

Okereke, C., Wittneben, B. and Bowen, F. E. 2012. Climate Change: Challenging Business, Transforming Politics. Business & Society 51(1): 7-30. This article was our editors’ introduction to a special issue on this topic, which was featured in the Economist, June 2012.

Wittneben, B. 2011. The Impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident on European Energy Policy. Environmental Science & Policy 15(2012): 1-3.

Bowen, F. and Wittneben, B. 2011. Carbon Accounting: Negotiating Accuracy, Consistency and Certainty across Organizational Fields. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 24(8): 1022 – 1036.

Whiteman, G., Dorsey, M. and Wittneben, B. 2010. Business and Biodiversity: They Would Say That. Nature 466: 435.

Wittneben, B and Kiyar, D. 2009. Climate Change Basics for Managers. Management Decision 47(7): 1122-1132.

Wittneben, B. 2009. Exxon is Right: Let’s Re-examine Our Choice for a Cap-and-Trade System over a Carbon Tax. Energy Policy 37: 2462-2464.

Wittneben, B., Bongardt, D., Dalkmann, H., Sterk, W. and Baatz, C. 2008 Integrating Sustainable Transport Measures into the Clean Development Mechanism. Transport Reviews 29(10): 91-113.

Wittneben, B. 2008. George Monbiot on Management and Climate Research. Organization & Environment 21:76-81.

Molisa, P. and Wittneben, B. 2008. Sustainable Development, the Clean Development Mechanism and Business Accounting. Hansjuergens, B. and Antes, R. (eds.) Economics and Management of Climate Change: Risks, Mitigation and Adaptation, Springer Verlag, Berlin, pp. 175 – 192.

Wittneben, B. 2007. Institutional Change in the Transfer of Climate-Friendly Technology. Business & Society 46: 117-124.

Sterk, W., Ott, H., Watanabe, R. and Wittneben, B. 2007. The Nairobi Climate Change Summit (COP 12 – MOP 2): Taking a Deep Breath before Negotiating post-2012 Targets. Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law 4(2): 139 – 148.

Wittneben, B. 2007. Book Review: Jerald Hage and Marius Meeus (editors) Innovation, Science and Institutional Change: A Research Handbook. Organization Studies 28(11): 1785-1789.

Sterk, W. and Wittneben, B. 2006. Enhancing the Clean Development Mechanism through Sectoral Approaches: Definitions, Applications and Ways Forward. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 6: 271 – 287.

Wittneben, B., Sterk, W., Ott, H. and Brouns, B. 2006. The Montreal Climate Summit: Starting the Kyoto Business and Preparing for post-2012. Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law 3(2): 90-100.

Ott, H., Brouns, B., Sterk, W. and Wittneben, B. 2005. It Takes Two To Tango – Climate Policy at COP10 in Buenos Aires. Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law 2(2): 84-91.