Sustainable Resource Management and Global Change

This working group explores design and functioning of policy instruments and solutions for sustainable resource management and the provision of public goods. In particular, the researchers are concerned with instruments that mitigate climate change taking into account a range of objectives.


Team members

Head: Prof. Dr. Sabine Fuss

Dr. Nicolas Koch
Johanna Arlinghaus
Valentin Guye
Dr. Luke Haywood
Hannah Klauber
Sebastian Kraus
Dr. Nolan Ritter
Alexander Rohlf


Research topics

The group’s research focus is on the analysis of best practice portfolios to address common goods problems, especially those related to climate change. The researchers are, for example, concerned with the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), and Managing Global Negative Emissions Technologies (MaGNET). Methodologically, the group uses econometric and numerical analyzes as well as meta-analytical approaches.


Research projects

The research team investigates a host of climate policies such as the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) or the phase-out of coal, e.g. in the German-Australian Energy Transition Hub. In addition, the team is researching the interaction between land use and sustainable development in Indonesia and Brazil in an international partner network (RESTORE+). Together with the Global Carbon Project (GCP), the group has established a research initiative on Negative Emissions (NETs) and identified research gaps and topics on which future research on NETs should focus. The Next Generation Policies project evaluates policy measures and future technologies to facilitate sustainable road mobility.


Current publications

Hepburn, C., Adlen, E., Beddington, J., Carter, E., Fuss, S., Mac Dowell, N., Minx, J., Smith, P., Williams, C., 2019

The technological and economic prospects for CO2 utilisation and removal

Peer Review
Patrizio, P., Leduc, S., Kraxner, F., Fuss, S., Kindermann, G., Spokas, K., Wetterlund, E., Lundgren, J., Yowargana, P. and Obersteiner, M., 2019

Killing two birds with one stone: a negative emissions strategy for a soft landing of the US coal sector

Chapter 11; In: J.C. Magalhães Pires et al. (eds.) (Academic Press) pp 219–36
Fuss, S., 2019

Implications of deep decarbonization pathways for sustainable development

In: What Next for Sustainable Development? Our Common Future at Thirty, eds. G Meadowcroft, J., Banister, D., Holden, E., Langhelle, O., Linnerud, K., Gilpin, Edward Elgar Publishing: 76–95

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