Dr. Jan Steckel heads the working group “Climate and Development” at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). His research focuses on climate change mitigation in developing and newly-industrializing countries. He received a Ph.D. in economics from TU Berlin and a Master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Flensburg and the University of Southern Denmark. From 2007 to 2013 he worked at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact research. Jan has authored multiple academic articles and has been an author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Renewables and of its 5th Assessment report. He led a chapter on phasing out coal for the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2017. Until December 2016 he was principal investigator in the project “Macroeconomic Sustainability Assessment” of the Collaborative Research Center 1026 (“Sustainable Manufacturing”) funded by the German Research Association (DFG).