The working group explores polycentric governance of the global commons with a focus on ambitious climate change mitigation. We are interested in both international and domestic levels of governance and seek to identify politically feasible short-term policy entry points and instruments enabling sustainable long-term decarbonization pathways.
In our research projects we investigate:
- Policy options for further developing the UNFCCC Paris agreement, such as international carbon pricing coordination and climate finance
- EU climate governance, with a particular focus on reform options for the EU ETS
- Political economy of the German Energiewende in the context of European climate policy
- The evolution of policy discourses and the role of scientific policy advice in climate governance
Our methods include institutional analysis, analytical and numerical game theory, case studies, as well as interpretive and discourse analysis.
- What are institutional requirements for achieving the 2°C objective?
- How can the UNFCCC Paris agreement be further developed to enhance domestic levels of mitigation ambition over time?
- What are federal and domestic political economy challenges and policy design options for enabling ambitious decarbonization pathways?
- How do debates in politics, research and society interact with processes of major policy change?