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Governance and Policy

The group Governance and Policy of socio-metabolic transformations develops innovative methods to exemplarily link the quantitative assessment of physical flows with the institutional, governance, and discourse structures with respect to societal transformations towards a low-carbon society.

Speaker: Fritz Reusswig, Detlef Sprinz

Team members: Wiebke Lass, Lutz Meyer-Ohlendorf, Lea Baumbach

Research Domain 4 fosters small groups who develop innovative methods to exemplarily combine the quantitative assessment of physical flows such as energy, materials and GHG emissions, with the social and political governance structures that allow or prevent such transformations to happen.  Focal areas of investigation are renewable electricity, low carbon cities and global long term mitigation policies.

Key questions

Key questions the group Governance & Policy is addressing are:

  • What grid design does the European electric energy transition need - not only in terms of technology and spatial planning, but also in terms of socio-ecological framing, of burden and benefit sharing, of governance and participation? Can successful cases in particular European regions be transferred to others? What levels of decision-making in the multi-level EU system have to be activated, and what coalition of actors is needed? How - with what formal or informal  instruments - can this coalition become most effective and efficient?
  • What are the key areas of action for cities in different world regions to substantially reduce their carbon footprints, and what policy and communication instruments are needed to create a durable low-carbon pathway fitting to the specific conditions of a given city? What links between carbon and other resource flows can be identified and mobilised in order to create sustainability synergies? How can interdisciplinary science become a catalyst of change - and remain a trustful source of information?
  • Long-Term Policy: The central goal is to elucidate whether and how long-term policy towards a low-greenhouse gas future is feasible.  We will employ game-theoretic models of credible commitment, develop policy instruments (e.g., the compensation fund for climate impacts), and employ predictive models (e.g., India’s medium-term climate policy).

Ongoing third party funded projects

Klimaneutral leben in Berlin (KLiB)
January 2017 – December 2018, Funded by: BMUB
Contact: Reusswig, Fritz
Die Energiewende zwischen Demokratie und Rechtspopulismus
October 2017 – October 2018, Funded by: Leibniz-Gemeinschaft
Contact: Reusswig, Fritz
Structural change and innovative climate action at the regional level
July 2018 – December 2018, Funded by: EU, EIT Climate KIC
Contact: Garcia, Thiago
Transformative Anpassung
Vom Mainstreaming zur transformativen Anpassung an den Klimawandel
February 2018 – December 2020, Funded by: UBA - Umweltbundesamt
Contact: Fritz Reusswig

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