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: Dr. Sabine Fuss

Dr. Nicolas Koch
Sebastian Kraus
Sarah Mayr
Claudia Günther


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 researchers are currently investigating various climate policies (EU ETS, carbon leakage, regulation and taxation in the transport sector) with a particular focus on their distributional impact, i.a. as part of 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.


Current publications

Bui, M.; Adjiman, C.S.; Bardow, A.; Anthony, E.J.; Boston, A.; Brown, S.; Fennel, P.S.; Fuss, S.; … Dowell, N.M., 2018

Carbon capture and storage (CCS): the way forward

Energy & Environmental Science
Peer Review
Golub, A.A., Fuss, S.; Lubowski, R.; Hiller, J.; Khabarov, N.; Koch, N.; … Wehkamp, J., 2018

Escaping the climate policy uncertainty trap: options contracts for REDD+

Climate Policy
Peer Review
Wehkamp, J.; Pietsch, S.A.; Fuss, S.; Gusti, M.; Reuter, W.H.; Koch, N.; Kindermann, G.; Kraxner, F., 2018

Accounting for institutional quality in global forest modeling

Environmental Modelling & Software
Peer Review

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