Prof. Dr. Christian Flachsland

Head of working group Governance

Prof. Dr. Christian Flachsland

Prof. Dr. Christian Flachsland is head of the working group Governance and Assistant Professor for Climate and Energy Governance at the Hertie School of Governance. His research interests include: 

  • Climate & energy governance and political economy
  • Climate & energy policy assessment
  • Science-policy interface

Prior to joining MCC, Christian Flachsland worked for six years at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in the Policy Instruments Working Group as a PhD student and postdoc. He holds a PhD from Technische Universität Berlin and a Magister Artium degree in sociology, economics and philosophy from Universität Potsdam.


Curriculum vitae

Detailed CV with full list of publications


Work in progress

Mit Sebastian Levi und Michael Jakob: Comparative Political Economy of Carbon Prices.

Mit Michael Pahle und Dallas Burtraw: Ensuring the integrity of cap-and-trade systems.

Mit Ottmar Edenhofer u.a.: Reform options for the EU ETS.

Mit Marcel Dorsch und Ulrike Kornek: Enhancing climate policy ambition using strategic transfers: allowance allocation and revenue spending in the EU ETS

Mit Marcel Dorsch und Ottmar Edenhofer: Overlapping challenges in global commons management.


Selected publications


Fuss, S., C. Flachsland, N. Koch, U. Kornek, B. Knopf, O. Edenhofer (accepted): An assessment framework for intertemporal economic performance of cap-and-trade systems: lessons from the EU-ETS. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy

Kowarsch, M., J. Jabbour, C. Flachsland, M.T.J. Kok, R. Watson, P.M. Haas, J.C. Minx, J. Alcamo, J. Garard, P. Riousset, L. Pintér, C, Langford, Y. Yamineva, C. von Stechow, J. O’Reilly, O. Edenhofer (2017): Global environmental assessments and the path to solutions. Nature Climate Change 7: 379–382. doi:10.1038/nclimate3307

Jabbour, J., C. Flachsland (in press): 40 years of global environmental assessments: a retrospective analysis. Environmental Science & Policy.

Kowarsch, M., C. Flachsland, J. Garard, J. Jabbour, P. Riousset (in press): The treatment of divergent viewpoints in global environmental assessments. Environmental Science & Policy.

Riousset, P., C. Flachsland, M. Kowarsch (in press): Global Environmental Assessments (GEAs): Potential impact mechanisms. Environmental Science & Policy.

Dorsch, M., C. Flachsland (2017): Examining a Polycentric Approach to Global Climate Governance. Global Environmental Politics 17 (2): 45-64.

Leipprand, A., C. Flachsland, M. Pahle (2017): Advocates or cartographers? Scientific advisors and the narratives of German energy transition. Energy Policy 102: 222–236.

Leipprand, A., C. Flachsland, M. Pahle (2017): Energy transition on the rise: discourses on energy future in the German parliament. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 30 (3): 283-305.

Steckel, J., M. Jakob, C. Flachsland, U. Kornek, K. Lessmann, O. Edenhofer (2016): From climate finance towards sustainable development finance. WIREs Climate Change DOI:10.1002/wcc.437.

Joas, F., M. Pahle, C. Flachsland, A. Joas (2016): Which goals are driving the Energiewende?  Making sense of the German Energy Transformation. Energy Policy 95: 42-51.

Edenhofer, O. C. Flachsland, U. Kornek (2016): Der Grundriss für ein neues Klimaregime. ifo Schnelldienst 69 (03): 11-15.

Carraro, C., O. Edenhofer, C. Flachsland, C. Kolstad, R. Stavins, R. Stowe (2015): The IPCC at a Crossroads: Opportunities for Reform. Science 350: 34-35.

Edenhofer, O., C. Flachsland, B. Knopf (2015): Science and religion in dialogue over the global commons. Nature Climate Change 5: 907-909.

Edenhofer, O., C. Flachsland (2015): Laudato si’: Concern for our global commons., 24. 09.2015.

Edenhofer, O., M. Jakob, F. Creutzig, C. Flachsland, S. Fuss, M. Kowarsch, K. Lessmann, L. Mattauch, J. Siegmeier, J. Steckel (2015): Closing the emission price gap. Global Environmental Change 31: 132-143.

Grosjean, G., W. Acworth, C. Flachsland, R. Marschinski (2015): After Monetary Policy, Climate Policy: Is Delegation Key to EU ETS reform? Climate Policy DOI:10.1080/14693062.2014.965657

Joas, F., C. Flachsland (2015): The (Ir)relevance of Transaction Costs in Climate Policy Instrument Choice: An analysis of the EU and the US. Climate Policy.  DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2014.968762

Edenhofer, O., C. Flachsland, M. Jakob, J. Hilaire (2015): Den Klimawandel stoppen. Es gibt nicht zu wenig, sondern zu viel fossile Ressourcen – sie müssen in der Erde bleiben. In: LeMonde diplomatique: Atlas der Globalisierung. Weniger wird mehr - Der Postwachstumsatlas. p. 90-93.

Edenhofer, O., C. Flachsland, M. Jakob, K. Lessmann (2014): The Atmosphere as a Global Commons – Challenges for International Cooperation and Governance. In: Semmler, W., L.Bernard (eds.): The Handbook on the Macroeconomics of Climate Change. Oxford University Press. p. 260-296.

Jakob, M., J.C. Steckel, C. Flachsland, L. Baumstark (2014): Climate Finance for Developing Country Mitigation: Blessing or Curse? Climate and Development 7(1):1-15.

Knopf, B., N. Koch, G. Grosjean, S. Fuss, C. Flachsland, M. Pahle, M. Jakob, O. Edenhofer (2014): The European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS): Ex-Post Analysis, the Market Stability Reserve and Options for a Comprehensive Reform. FEEM Working Paper Note di lavoro 2014.079.

IPCC (2014) [contributing author]: Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Edenhofer, O., R. Pichs-Madruga, Y. Sokona, E. Farahani, S. Kadner, K. Seyboth, A. Adler, I. Baum, S. Brunner, P. Eickemeier, B. Kriemann, J. Savolainen, S. Schlömer, C. von Stechow, T. Zwickel and J.C. Minx (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

Brunner, S., C. Flachsland, M. Marschinski (2012): Credible commitment in carbon policy. Climate Policy 12 (2): 255-271.

Marschinski, R., C. Flachsland, M. Jakob (2012): Sectoral Linking of carbon markets: A trade-theory analysis. Resource and Energy Economics 34 (4): 585-606.

Flachsland, C., K. Lessmann, O. Edenhofer (2012): Climate Policy in a decentralized World. In: Edenhofer O., J. Wallacher, H. Lotze-Campen, M. Reder (Eds.): Climate Change, Justice, and Sustainability: Linking Climate and Development Policy. Springer, p. 257-268.

Flachsland, C., R.Marschinski, O. Edenhofer (2009a): Global Trading versus Linking. Architectures for international emissions trading. Energy Policy (37): 1637–1647.

Flachsland, C., R. Marschinski, O. Edenhofer (2009b): To link or not to link: Benefits and disadvantages of linking cap-and-trade systems. Climate Policy (9): 358–372.



Latest Publications

Fuss, S., Flachsland, C., Koch, N., Kornek, U., Knopf, B., Edenhofer, O., 2018

A Framework for Assessing the Performance of Cap-and-Trade Systems: Insights from the European Union Emissions Trading System

Review of Environmental Economics and Policy
Peer Review
B. Knopf; K. Burghaus; C. Flachsland; M. Jakob; N. Koch; O. Edenhofer, 2018

Shifting Paradigms in Carbon Pricing

Leipprand, A.; Flachsland, C. , 2018

Regime destabilization in energy transitions: The German debate on the future of coal

Energy Research & Social Science
Peer Review
Rose, A., Wei, D., Miller, N., Vandyck, T., & Flachsland, C., 2018

Policy Brief—Achieving Paris Climate Agreement Pledges: Alternative Designs for Linking Emissions Trading Systems

Review of Environmental Economics and Policy
Peer Review
Edenhofer, O.; Flachsland, C.; Wolff, C.; Schmid, L.K.; Leipprand, A.; Koch, N.; Kornek, U.; Pahle, M., 2017

Decarbonization and EU ETS Reform: Introducing a price floor to drive low-carbon investments

MCC Policy Paper

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