Dr. Finn Müller-Hansen


I am a post-doctoral researcher at Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and guest scientist at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). At MCC, I apply methods from natural language processing and network analysis to the scientific literature and public discourses about energy transitions and climate policy.

During my PhD at PIK, I developed modeling approaches to describe human-nature interactions focusing mostly on land-use change in the Brazilian Amazon as part of the International Research Training Group (IRTG 1740) "Dynamical Phenomena in Complex Networks", the Ecosystem Stability and Transitions (Ecostab) group, and the Copan project.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam



Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change
Torgauer Str. 12-15
10829 Berlin, Germany

  • Machine learning and bibliometry applied to sustainability literature and science-policy discourse
  • Social-ecological modeling, complex networks, and nonlinear dynamics
  • Ecological and environmental economics theory

Link to: ORCID, Google Scholar

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Müller-Hansen, F., Callaghan, M. W., Lee, Y. T., Leipprand, A., Flachsland,  C., Minx,  J. C. (2021).
Who cares about coal? Analyzing 70 years of German parliamentary debates on coal with dynamic topic modeling.
Energy Research & Social Science, 72, 101869. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101869

Kittel, T., Müller-Hansen, F., Koch, R., Heitzig, J., Deffuant, G., Mathias, J. D., Kurths, J. (2021).
From lakes and glades to viability algorithms: automatic classification of system states according to the topology of sustainable management.
European Physical Journal: Special Topics, 230, 3133-3152. https://doi.org/10.1140/epjs/s11734-021-00262-2

Diluiso, F., Walk, P., Manych, N., ..., Müller-Hansen, F., ..., Minx, J. C. (2021).
Coal transitions - Part 1: A systematic map and review of case study learnings from regional, national, and local coal phase-out experiences.
Environmental Research Letters, 16(11), 113003. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac1b58

Creutzig, F., Callaghan, M., Ramakrishnan, A., ..., Müller-Hansen, F., ...,  Wilson, C. (2021).
Reviewing the scope and thematic focus of 100 000 publications on energy consumption, services and social aspects of climate change: A big data approach to demand-side mitigation.
Environmental Research Letters, 16(3). https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abd78b

Callaghan, M. W. & Müller-Hansen, F. (2020).
Statistical stopping criteria for automated screening in systematic reviews.
Systematic Reviews, 9, 273. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-020-01521-4

Müller-Hansen, F., Callaghan, M. W., & Minx, J. C. (2020).
Text as big data: Develop codes of practice for rigorous computational text analysis in energy social science.
Energy Research & Social Science, 70, 101691. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101691

Lamb, W. F., Antal, M., Bohnenberger, K., Brand-Correa, L.I., Müller-Hansen, F., Jakob, M., Minx, J. C., Raiser, K., Williams, L., & Sovacool, B. (2020).
What are the social outcomes of climate policies? A systematic map and review of the ex-post literature.
Environmental Research Letters, 15(11), 113006. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abc11f

Kolb, J. J., Müller-Hansen, F.,  Kurths, J., & Heitzig, J. (2020).
Macroscopic approximation methods for the analysis of adaptive networked agent-based models: Example of a two-sector investment model.
Physical Review E, 102, 042311. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.102.042311

Lamb, W. F., Mattioli, G., Levi, S., Roberts, T., Capstick, S., Creutzig, F., Minx, J., Müller-Hansen, F., Culhane, T., &  Steinberger, J. K. (2020).
Discourses of climate delay.
Global sustainability, 3, e17, https://doi.org/10.1017/sus.2020.13
Press release: https://www.mcc-berlin.net/en/news/information/information-detail/article/the-argumentation-patterns-of-climate-action-preventers.html

Donges, J. F., Heitzig, J., Barfuss, W., Kassel, J. A., Kittel, T., Kolb, J. J., Kolster, T., Müller-Hansen, F., Otto, I. M., Wiedermann, M., Zimmerer, K. B., & Lucht,  W. 2020.
Earth system modelling with complex dynamic human societies: the copan:CORE World-Earth modeling framework.
Earth System Dynamics, 11, 395-413. https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-11-395-2020

Müller-Hansen, F., Heitzig, J., Donges, J. F., Cardoso, M.F., Dalla-Nora, E. L., Andrade, P., Kurths, J., & Thonicke, K. (2019).
Can Intensification of Cattle Ranching Reduce Deforestation in the Amazon? Insights From an Agent-based Social-Ecological Model,
Ecological Economics, 159, pp. 198-211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.12.025

Ciemer, C., Boers, N., Hirota, M., Kurths, J., Müller-Hansen, F., Oliveira,  R.S., & Winkelmann, R.:
Higher resilience to climatic disturbances in tropical vegetation exposed to more variable rainfall.
Nature Geoscience, 12, pp. 174-179. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-019-0312-z

Müller-Hansen, F., Schlüter, M., Mäs, M., Donges, J. F., Kolb, J. J., Thonicke, K., & Heitzig, J. (2017).
Towards representing human behavior and decision making in Earth system models -- an overview of techniques and approaches.
Earth System Dynamics, 8, pp. 977-1007. https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-8-977-2017

Donges, J. F., Lucht, W., Müller-Hansen, F., &  Steffen, W. (2017).
The technosphere in Earth System analysis: A coevolutionary perspective,
The Anthropocene Review, 4(1), pp. 23-33. https://doi.org/10.1177/2053019616676608

Müller-Hansen, F., Cardoso, M. F., Dalla-Nora, E. L., Donges, J. F., Heitzig, J., Kurths, J. & Thonicke, K.  (2017).
A matrix clustering method to explore patterns of land-cover transitions in satellite-derived maps of the Brazilian Amazon.
Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 24, pp. 113-123. https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-24-113-2017

Fauser, H., Kersting, F., Müller-Hansen, F., & Sacharow, A. (2016).
Missing bridges: a pluralist analysis of the debate on Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 7(3), pp. 300 - 322. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJPEE.2016.079693

Müller-Hansen, F., Droste, F., & Lindner, B. (2015).
Statistics of a neuron model driven by asymmetric colored noise.
Physical Review E, 91, 022718. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.91.022718

Other Publications

Levi, S., Müller-Hansen, F., Lamb, W. F., Mattioli, G., Roberts, J. T., Capstick, S., Creutzig, F., Minx, J.C., Culhane, T., & Steinberger, J. K. (2021).
In: Dohm, L., Peter, F., & van Bronswijk, K. (Eds.), Climate Action - Psychologie der Klimakrise} (pp. 89-104). Gießen: Psychosozial-Verlag. https://www.psychosozial-verlag.de/3110

F. Müller-Hansen:
Ökologische Krise und grüne Ökonomie – eine Einführung
Beitrag für www.exploring-economics.org, 2016.

F. Müller-Hansen:
Economic Framing: Environmental Governance and Teaching Pluralist Economics
Contribution to the Anthropocene Curriculum 2016, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2016.

F. Ueckerdt, G. Luderer, F. Müller-Hansen:
Analyse des Klimaschutzpotentials der Nutzung von erneuerbarem Wasserstoff und Methan,
Abschlussbericht des Forschungsvorhabens G 8/01/11 für den Deutschen Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches (DVGW) e.V., 2013 (pdf).