Dr. Aman Malik

Postdoctoral Researcher

Aman Malik is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Postdam Institute of Climate Impact Research. In his Doctoral dissertation, he looked at the various techno-economic and sociopolitical barriers to decarbonisation of the power sector, focusing mainly on India. He finished his Masters' degree from the University of Hamburg in 2017, specialising in carbon-di-oxide removal technologies and economics of climate change. He further has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, during which he investigated the efficiency of biogas plants with different household and non-household feedstock.


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Curriculum Vitae

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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My main area of research is understanding the policy challenges to decarbonisation of the power sector, especially in India. Within this theme, I have worked on identifying how near-term policies could lead to stranded assets of coal power plants; investigating the structural changes in energy employment arising from decarbonisation, and identifying the role of the power sector in the just transition of coal-bearing regions.

I like to combine results from Integrated Assessment models with bottom-up data from government reports, policies, and power-infrastructure datasets like the Global Energy Monitor to identify policies needed in the next decade to keep us on track with the Paris Agreement.

Peer-reviewed publications


Amann, T.; Hartmann, J.; Trindade Pedrosa, E. & Malik, A. (2022). Enhanced Weathering potentials – the role of in situ CO2 and grain size distribution. Frontiers in Climate - Negative emission technologies. https://doi.org/10.3389/fclim.2022.929268

 Murtaza Ershad Ahmad and Aman Malik. (2022). In review. Battery storage bends the curve of solar and wind integration costs in India. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Transition

Malik, A., & Bertram, C. (2022). Solar energy as an early just transition opportunity for coal-bearing states in India. Environmental Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac5194


van Soest, H.L., Aleluia Reis, L., Baptista, L.B.... Malik, A. et al. (2021) Global roll-out of comprehensive policy measures may aid in bridging emissions gap. Nature Communications 12, 6419. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-26595-z

Malik, A., Bertram, C., Kriegler, E., & Luderer, G. (2021). Climate policy accelerates structural changes in energy employment. Energy Policy, 159, 112642. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2021.112642

Baumstark, L., Bauer, N., Benke, F., Bertram, C., Bi, S., Gong, C. C., Dietrich, J. P., Dirnaichner, A., Giannousakis, A., Hilaire, J., Klein, D., Koch, J., Leimbach, M., Levesque, A., Madeddu, S., Malik, A., Merfort, A., Merfort, L., Odenweller, A., … Luderer, G. (2021). REMIND2.1: Transformation and innovation dynamics of the energy-economic system within climate and sustainability limits. Geoscientific Model Development Discussions, 2021, 1–50. https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2021-85

Bertram, C., Riahi, K., Hilaire, J., Bosetti, V., Drouet, L., Fricko, O., Malik, A., Nogueira, L., Zwaan, B. van der, Ruijven, B. van, Vuuren, D. P. van, Weitzel, M., Longa, F. D., Boer, H.-S. de, Emmerling, J., Fosse, F., Fragkiadakis, K., Harmsen, M., Keramidas, K., … Luderer, G. (2021). Energy system developments and investments in the decisive decade for the Paris Agreement goals. Environmental Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac09ae

Bertram, C., Luderer, G., Creutzig, F., Bauer, N., Ueckerdt, F., Malik, A., & Edenhofer, O. (2021). COVID-19-induced low power demand and market forces starkly reduce CO 2 emissions. Nature Climate Change, 1–4. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-00987-x


Malik, A., Bertram, C., Despres, J., Emmerling, J., Fujimori, S., Garg, A., Kriegler, E., Luderer, G., Mathur, R., Roelfsema, M., Shekhar, S., Vishwanathan, S., & Vrontisi, Z. (2020). Reducing stranded assets through early action in the Indian power sector. Environmental Research Letters, 15(9), 094091. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab8033


Wang, H., Chen, W., Bertram, C., Malik, A., Kriegler, E., Luderer, G., ... & Krey, V. (2019). Early transformation of the Chinese power sector to avoid additional coal lock-in. Environmental Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab5d99

Sferra, F., Krapp, M., Roming, N., Schaeffer, M., Malik, A., Hare, B., & Brecha, R. (2019). Towards optimal 1.5° and 2° C emission pathways for individual countries: A Finland case study. Energy Policy, 133, 110705. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2019.04.020

Other Publications

Malik, A. "Kinetics of Olivine Dissolution in Column Experiments", Master thesis, University of Hamburg, March 2017

Previous Projects:

  • Pep1p5  - Pathways and Entry Points to Limit Global Warming to 1.5°C
  • CD-LINKS - Linking limate and Development Policies – Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing
  • COMMIT - Climate Policy assessment and Mitigation Modeling to Integrate national and global Transition pathways

Reviewer for

1. Nature

2. Climate Economics

3. Energy Policy

4. Climate Policy

5. Energy Research and Social Science

6. Environmental Research Letters