Aman Malik

Doctoral Researcher

Aman Malik did his Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from New Delhi, India followed by a Masters in Integrated Climate System Sciences from the University of Hamburg. Since 2017, he is a PhD candidate at TU-Berlin/PIK.


Working Group


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 2580
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


PhD project

My PhD project work revolves around analyzing impediments to current and future climate and energy policies. Under the framework of carbon lock-ins, I try to analyze and quantify what technical and institutional setups prevent us or could prevent us from moving us into a renewable world. For e.g, if we continue building coal power plants in the next five to ten years, then due to their exceptionally long life times, we would be restrained to increase alternate technologies like solar and wind in the future. 

For my current work, I am building an ex-post model that can calculate the shifts in world and regional employment due in different energy scenarios. This would not only calculate total employment shifts but also the sector and (coarse) type of job.

Advisors : Dr. Christoph Bertram and Prof. Dr. Gunnar Luderer

Peer-reviewed publications

Amann, T.; Hartmann, J.; Trindade Pedrosa, E. & Malik, A. (2021). In preparation. Enhanced Weathering potentials – the role of in situ CO2 and grain size distribution. Frontiers in Climate - Negative emission technologies.

Malik, A., Bertram, C., Kriegler, E., & Luderer, G. (2021). Climate policy accelerates structural changes in energy employment. Energy Policy, 159, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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