Jan Christoph Minx, PhD, is head of the MCC working group Applied Sustainability Science and Professor for Climate Change and Public Policy at the Priestley Centre for International Climate at the University of Leeds. He takes an interdisciplinary research approach to issues of energy, climate change and sustainable development with applications to cities and infrastructure, global supply chain networks as well as historic and future transformation processes of societies and their governance. A particular concern is an understanding of processes at the science-policy interface and the development of meta-analytical methods for adequately informing decision making processes. He has in-depth experience in applied techniques for sustainability analysis such as material flow analysis, lifecycle assessment or carbon footprinting.
Before joining the MCC, he was Head of the Technical Support Unit of the Working Group ‘Mitigation of Climate Change’ of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), where he coordinated the Working Group’s contribution to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report that was published in 2013/2014. He was a senior research fellow at the departments for Sustainable Engineering and the Economics of Climate Change at the Technical University Berlin and the Stockholm Environment Institute. He co-authored articles in scientific journals such as Science, Nature Climate Change or the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences among others and is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal ‘Economic Systems Research’.