Dr. Sebastian Renner


  • Short CV

    • Since 05/2020: Associate at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs

    • Since 05/2020: Research Fellow at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

    • 08/2018 - 04/2020: Speaker Research Team "Sustainable Development"

    • 01/2018 - 04/2020: Research Fellow , GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

    • Since 2016: Postdoc at University of Göttingen in Collaborative Research Centre 990: Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)

    • Since 2012: Consultant, World Bank

    • 2011 - 2017: Research Fellow, GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies

    • Education: Doctorate at Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Dr.rer.pol. (summa cum laude), Dissertation title „Poverty, Inequality and the Decarbonization of Economic Development“; Master in Economics (Diplom-Volkswirt) at Freie Universität Berlin and University of California, San Diego

    Current Research

    • Environmental and development economics

    • Poverty reduction and low carbon economic development

    Countries and Regions

    • Sub-Saharan Africa


    • Poverty, Inequality and the Decarbonization of Economic Development

    Dr. Sebastian Renner



    Research Project | 16/07/2013 - 01/12/2016

    Climate Change Mitigation and Poverty Reduction (CliMiP) – Trade-Offs or Win-Win Situations?

    This project analyses the relationship between climate change mitigation and poverty reduction in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand as middle-income countries with rising GHG emissions. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the assessment of domestic climate governance systems is combined with an investigation of the poverty and distributional impacts of mitigation policies. A third perspective, international relations, contextualizes these domestics factors within the global discourse on developing country mitigation.
    Volkswagen Foundation, 2013-2016

    Speaker | 03/06/2021

    Targeting vertical and horizontal impacts of carbon pricing in Indonesia

    GIGA Seminar in Socio-Economics Online event: 03/06/2021 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    GIGA Seminar in Socio-Economics

    Speaker | 23/02/2017

    Auf die Entwicklungsländer kommt es an: Klimaschutz nach dem Abkommen von Paris

    GIGA Talk GIGA Berlin: 23/02/2017 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    Auf die Entwicklungsländer kommt es an: Klimaschutz nach dem Abkommen von Paris. Vortrag und Diskussion

    Speaker | 07/11/2015

    Die Neuvermessung der Welt

    Nacht des Wissens

    Klimaschutz – Nicht ohne die Entwicklungsländer


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