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Chair of Research Domain 3



Ottmar Edenhofer neu

Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer is deputy director and chief economist at PIK. He is currently leading the research on the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilisation. Within Research Domain 3, he explores the impact of induced technological change on mitigation costs and mitigation strategies. He holds the chair "Economics of Climate Change" at the TU Berlin. Ottmar Edenhofer is also director of the newly founded Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC).

Anders Levermann

Anders Levermann

Prof. Dr. Anders Levermann is leading the research on Global Adaptation Strategies in Research Domain 3 with special focus on climatic impacts on global infrastructure and supply networks. He is professor for the dynamics of the climate system in the Physics Institute of Potsdam University and is heading the flagship activity TUMBLE of Research Domain I on physical tipping elements within the climate system.

Vice Chair

Elmar Kriegler


Dr. Elmar Kriegler is a senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). His research focuses on the integrated assessment of climate change, in particular on technological and climate risks of policies to mitigate climate change.

Project coordination & assistance

Anja Bruhn

Anja Bruhn

Scientific coordination of the research area Global Adaptation Strategies.

Laura Delsa

Laura Delsa

Scientific coordination of the research areas Global Energy Systems (GES) and Energy Strategies Europe and Germany (ESED); support with project development and management.

Dorothe Ilskens

Dorothe Ilskens

Dorothe Ilskens is science coordinator of Research Domain 3 and responsible for finance, project acquisition and management as well as personnel planning.

Kristiyana Neumann


Personal assistant to Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer.

Nicole Reinhardt

Nicole Reinhardt

RD3 Coordination and Project assistant

Susanne Stundner Susanne Stundner Susanne Stundner is the Personal Coordinator to Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer.







Dr. Nico Bauer finished his PhD thesis on "Carbon Capturing and Sequestration - An Option to Buy Time?" and has now come back to PIK after working with FEEM in Milan, Italy. He is now working on the further development of the model REMIND.

Lavinia Baumstark



Dr. Lavinia Baumstark studied mathematics and economics. Her PhD thesis dealt with endogenous growth, R&D investments and technological spillovers. Currently she is focusing on model development and efficiency improvements of large-scale models of the research domain (e.g. ReMIND).

Christoph Bertram

Christoph Bertram

Christoph Bertram studied physics and political science and finished a PhD in economics on the interrelation of near-term policies and long-term climate targets. He works on the representation of energy and climate policies in coupled macroeconomic and energy system models to evaluate climate change mitigation strategies. His research interests include the interrelationship of mid-term climate policies and long-term policy goals and the impact of different energy demand assumptions and future end-use technology availability.

Robert Bierkandt

Robert Bierkandt

Robert Bierkandt studied Physics at the Technical University of Berlin and is a PhD student with Prof. Anders Levermann in the research area Global Adaptation Strategies. He works on climate impacts on global supply chains.

Bob Brecha


Dr. Bob Brecha is Professor of Physics and of  Renewable and Clean Energy, and is director and co-founder of the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Program at the University of Dayton in Ohio, USA. His research  interests include fossil fuel resource scarcity impacts, challenges to the integration of fluctuating  renewable energy sources, energy needs for sustainable development, and building energy-use analysis. He has been at PIK as a guest scientist during the summer since 2006, as well as during  2010-2011 as a Fulbright fellow.

Jan Philipp Dietrich

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Dr. Jan Philipp Dietrich studied physics at the University of Potsdam before he joined the PIK land use group of Dr. Hermann Lotze-Campen. His PhD thesis dealt with the efficient treatment of cross scale interactions in land use models. His current research is focussed on efficiency and management of large-scale models. Further research interests are the role and meaning of land use intensity in the agricultural sector, agricultural yield increases due to research & development and the future role and impact of bioenergy production on environment and society.

Max Franks

Max Franks

In 2016, Dr. Max Franks finished his PhD thesis "Rents, Taxes, and Distribution" on the overlaps of public economics and the economics of climate change. Currently, he works as a post-doctoral researcher in RD3's working group "Policy Instruments Modeling". His research interests include public economics (in particular tax competition and distributional issues), sustainable development and carbon pricing.

Beatriz Gaitan

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Dr. Beatriz Gaitan obtained her doctorate in applied economics from the University of Minnesota. She has conducted research on exhaustible resources, particularly in the context of the resource curse. At PIK she is member of the "Policy Instruments Modeling" group. She concentrates her research in analyzing leakage due to asymmetric environmental policy across regions.

Christian Gambardella

Christian Gambardella

Having a background in energy and environmental economics as well as dynamic macroeconomics Christian joined RD3’s ESED Group as a PhD-Student in May 2013. His research will be affiliated to a project that is dedicated to the electricity market design challenges of renewable resource dominated power systems. Main focus will therefore center on auction design of electricity spot markets, capacity forward markets as well as on the alignment of environmental and energy policy design.

Anastasis Giannousakis


Anastasis Giannousakis holds a diploma in Chemical Engineering and has done graduate studies on Numerical Methods and Computer Simulations. He is contributing to the work done at PIK as a Scientific Programmer, helping to optimize the algorithms and solver routines used for the solution of large-scale models like REMIND. He also works on uncertainty analysis with Integrated Assessment Models as part of his PhD.

Nicole Glanemann

Nicole Glanemann

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nicole Glanemann leads the flagship project on Economics of Adaptation at PIK. In close cooperation with the Global Adaptation Strategies Group, she is investigating the various impacts of climate change on global infrastructure and supply chains. In addition, her research is devoted to advancing the theory of adaptation and mitigation. She has been appointed jointly by PIK and the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management as Assistant Professor for Climate Adaptation Strategies.

Florian Humpenöder

Florian Humpenöder
Dr. Florian Humpenöder is a post-doctorate researcher at PIK, working in RD3’s Landuse Management group. His research interests include future pathways of the global land-use system, land-based mitigation (avoided deforestation, afforestation, bioenergy), and trade-offs between land-based climate protection and other sustainable development goals. He is contributing to the development of the land-use model MAgPIE.

David Klein

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Dr. David Klein studied energy engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and is a Postdoc at PIK. In his PhD thesis he examined the impact of climate policy on global bioenergy markets. His recent research focuses on development, efficiency, and management of large-scale integrated assessment models. Further research interests include the sectoral and spatial downscaling of air pollutant emissions.



Dr. Marian Leimbach works on Integrated assessment of Climate change, Macro-economic modelling, Mathematical programming (with GAMS ) of large-scale systems and Endogenous economic growth and induced technical change.




Dr. Kai Lessmann is a post-doctorate researcher at PIK. His research interests include the analysis of incentives for cooperative policy in the context of global public goods, and integrated assessment of climate change with a focus on economics and the choice of policy instruments. He is currently co-heading (with R. Marschinski) PIK’s working group on “Policy Instruments Modeling”.

Antoine Levesque

Antoine Levesque joined the Global Energy System Modeling Group of Research Domain 3 as a PhD student in 2014. In his research he analyses demand-side mitigation policies, with a special focus on the buildings sector. Before joining PIK, Antoine studied economics at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and at the Université Paris I Panthéon - La Sorbonne.

Gunnar Luderer


Dr. Gunnar Luderer studied Physics, Atmospheric Sciences and Economics. His activities within research domain 3 include the analysis of climate policy instruments and integrated concepts of international climate policy.

Abhijeet Mishra Abhijeet Mishra

Abhijeet Mishra holds a master degree in Rural Economics and Management from Universiteit Gent, Belgium. As a PhD researcher at PIK, Abhijeet's focus is on Forestry and climate change in an integrated assessment perspective under the framework of Project ENGAGE. He is working towards integration of Forestry sector in the MAgPIE model in a dynamic way.

Michael Pahle Michael Pahle_neu

Michael Pahle is post-doctoral researcher in the ESEG Group at PIK. His research interests include energy strategies, electricity markets, and low-carbon transition gouvernance. Before returning to PIK in 2012, Michael was Research Associate at the Hertie School of Governance.

Michaja Pehl

Michaja Pehl joined PIK as a PhD student in February 2013. His work in the Global Energy System Modelling Group of Research Domain 3 focuses on the implications of industrial energy and material flows on climate change. Before joining PIK, Michaja studied industrial engineering at the TU Berlin.

Robert Pietzcker

Robert Pietzcker

Robert Pietzcker is a post-doctoral researcher at PIK with a background in physics and economics. He is currently working on the challenge of integrating the variable renewable energies wind and solar in power systems, and the representation thereof in large-scale energy-economy-models. Within the general theme of modeling mitigation pathways, his further research interests include the decarbonization of the transport sector, the development of future energy demand scenarios and the effect of energy efficiency, as well as technology evolution and learning curves in energy models.

Franziska Piontek

Franziska Piontek

Franziska Piontek is a postdoc at PIK, working on the assessment of impacts and costs of climate change, with a special interest in adaptation measures. She studied Physics at the University of Tübingen and obtained a Master's degree in Astronomy from the University of Maryland, USA. At the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam she wrote her PhD thesis in Astrophysics on the formation of disk galaxies. Franziska also holds a Master's degree in Peace and Security Studies from the University Hamburg, during which she focused especially on climate change and security.

Alexander Popp


Dr. Alexander Popp works in the field of land use, land use change and management. His main research objectives are potential and limitation of bioenergy, avoided deforestation in tropical countries for mitigation and vulnerability of the agricultural sector to climate and land use change.

Christina Roolfs Christina Roolfs

Christina Roolfs studied Sustainability Economics and Management, Mathematics and Arts & Media and has professional experience in the field of renewable energies. She is a Ph.D. candidate and member of the research group "Policy Instruments Modeling". Your research interests include: Climate policy in multi layered governmental systems (esp. in Europe), fiscal federalism and the German energy transition (Energiewende).

Eva Schmid

Eva Schmid

Eva Schmid is a post-doctoral researcher in the working group Energy Strategies Europe and Germany, focusing on central versus decentral energy strategies as well as the role of infrastructure in this context. During her PhD at PIK she investigated model-based mitigation scenarios for the German energy system.

Anselm Schultes

Anselm Schultes

Anselm Schultes graduated from University of Wuerzburg with a Diplom degree in physics. His work as a PhD student in the macro-economic modelling group revolves around improvements to the representation of the economy in integrated assessment models like REMIND.

Miodrag Stevanovic

Miodrag Stevanovic

Miodrag Stevanovic joined PIK as a PhD student in the Landuse Modeling group. He graduated mathematics at the University of Belgrade and has a master degree in economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His work is focused on assessing climate change damages and mitigation options in the agricultural sector. Currently, he is working on the project Global IQ.

Jessica Strefler

Jessica Strefler

Dr. Jessica Strefler studied phyics and completed her PhD at PIK working on non-CO2 emissions in global energy systems. Her research is currently focused on carbon dioxide removal technologies. She uses the hybrid energy-economy model REMIND to analyze the influence of various carbon dioxide removal technologies on global mitigation strategies.

Oliver Tietjen

Oliver Tietjen

Oliver Tietjen received his mater degree in Economics from Freie Universität in Berlin. Since January 2015, he is PhD student at PIK and member of the group Energy Strategies Europe and Germany (ESED). His work focuses on financial risk and its implications for electricity markets.

Leonie Wenz

Leonie Wenz

Dr. Leonie Wenz is a researcher in the Global Adaptation Strategies group that she has joined in 2012. Her research focuses on climate change impacts in the context of an increasingly connected global economy. She is also interested in climate change adaptation and the interaction of climate and sustainable economic development. Leonie holds a Ph.D. in climate physics and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

Sven Willner

Sven Willner

Sven Willner studied Physics and currently works as a doctoral student in the Global Adaptation Strategies research area of RD3 on adaptation strategies of the global supply network.





Tabaré Arroyo Currás

Tabaré Arroyo Currás

Tabaré Arroyo Currás worked at PIK as an energy specialist with particular interest in climate strategies, policies and economics. He performed research on the role of inflexible carbon markets for climate change mitigation pathways. He worked for the AMPERE Project.

Hans-Martin Fuessel

Hans Martin Fuessel

Dr. Hans-Martin Füssel is a guest scientist at PIK. By training he is a systems scientist and applies climate-economy models to assess climate protection strategies under uncertainty. He works at the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen.

Hermann Held


Prof. Hermann Held, former co-chair of RD 3, has been appointed professor at the University of Hamburg and is now a guest at our institute. His research focus is on the uncertainty analysis of climate projections within the context of mitigation strategies.

Michael Hübler Michael Hübler

Dr. Michael Hübler worked for PIK from 2009 to 2011 in our Reserach Domain. His research interest include knowledge accumulation and diffusion and its implications for economic growth, energy use and carbon emissions (in developing countries).

Michael Jakob michael_jakob

Dr. Michael Jakob did his PhD with RD3 from 2007 to 2011. He stayed as a Post-Doc until 2013, mainly working for the Entdeken project on climate change mitigation in developing countries. He is now at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC).

Matthias Kalkuhl


Matthias Kalkuhl, Diploma in System Science and PhD in economics, worked from October 2007 to February 2012 at PIK. He analyzed the  incentive and rent effects of different climate policy instruments and developed the intertemporal general equilibrium model PRIDE. He was further a contributing author to the IPCC Special Report on Renewable  Energy Sources. Since March 2012, he coordinates the research project  "Food Price Volatility" at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn.

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Dr. Brigitte Knopf was member of RD3 from 2007 till 2014. She was deputy head of RD3 and head of the group Energy Strategies Europe and Germany from 2011 till 2014. Since 2015, she is Secretary General of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC).

Nils Petermann Nils Petermann

Nils Petermann worked for PIK from 2012 to 2014 as coordinator of the EU project AMPERE, in which modeling groups from 12 countries analyzed global and European mitigation scenarios. He supported data analyses and syntheses of findings from multiple modeling projects.

Jana Schwanitz Jana Schwanitz

Dr. Valeria Jana Schwanitz joint the Research Domain "Sustainable Solutions" to work in AMPERE, an EU project with 22 world-wide partners. The project is about the assessment of climate change mitigation pathways and associated cost estimates. Jana has a background in theoretical physics and in environmental economics.

Shuwei Zhang Shuwei Zhang

Dr. Shuwei Zhang joint the Research Domain "Sustainable Solutions" to work in climate mitigation modeling with the support of Humboldt Foundation. A native of China, Shuwei broadly focuses his research on assessing the economic costs and impacts of climate protection and energy conservation policies and new technologies in China. Shuwei has a background in engineering physics and energy system analysis, with expertise on CDM flexible mechanism, dynamics of transport and power sectors and energy use in China, acquired from the previous PhD study and work experience.

Anne Zimmer

Anne Zimmer

Anne  Zimmer has worked at PIK from beginning of 2012 to April 2015 in the Policy Instruments Group, writing her PhD thesis. She was part of the ‘EntDekEn’ project on low carbon development in developing countries and mainly worked on climate policy implementation challenges and synergies.

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