Thesis subject

Assessing climate and development measures in major economies

The Environmental Systems Analysis Group provides the possibility for students to do their thesis in collaboration with our group. This is one of many possible thesis subjects. Please feel free to contact prof.dr. Höhne or Iacobuta MSc (right) for more information.

Agenda 2030 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s Paris Agreement on limiting climate change well below 2ᵒC are two important global agreements that were reached in 2015. Although independently defined, targets within these two agreements are strongly linked and the achievement of one can impact on the feasibility of others. SDG13 (on climate change), in particular, is linked to various other SDGs (e.g. energy, food security, health, economic development) and climate mitigation action can lead to synergies and trade-offs among distinct development objectives. Therefore, policy coherence across all development areas should be a key consideration when designing low-carbon transition pathways.

Many countries currently have implemented climate mitigation policies and guiding strategies. Assessing these measures and strategies both in terms of their GHG emissions reduction effect and their development impact would guide future action towards maximizing the level of SDG achievement. To facilitate the assessment of climate and development measures and their interactions, the Environmental Systems Analysis Group of Wageningen UR, NewClimate Institute and CD-LINKS project partners are compiling a comprehensive database of climate-related policies (including relevant development policies such as energy security and access, air pollution, and land use). 

As part of this research, master students conducting their thesis with the ESA Group would have the opportunity to undertake a detailed policy assessment of climate and development measures and their impact in one or more of the G20 countries, and to contribute to the development of the Climate Policy Database. Advanced knowledge of one or more of the following languages is a desirable skill, but not a requirement: Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish.