Michael Mehling is Deputy Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a research scientist with the MIT Energy Initiative (MITei), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde. He brings over a decade of experience working on energy and environmental policy with government agencies, private companies and civil society organizations in North America, Europe, and the developing world. His recent work has focused on carbon pricing and other policies to address environmental impacts of the energy system. In recent years, research interests have included the energy and climate policy of the European Union as well as the effects of the German energy transition, or “Energiewende.”
Previously, Michael served as Executive Director of MIT CEEPR with responsibility for day-to-day operations and fundraising, and as founding President of Ecologic Institute in Washington DC, an environmental policy think tank with partner offices in Berlin and Brussels, where he remains on the Board of Directors and is a manager of the U.S. Chapter of the Konrad-von-Moltke Fund. He has coordinated research projects and provided policy advice for government agencies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, South Korea, Mexico, and Vietnam, as well as intergovernmental entities such as the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), and the World Bank.
Michael has held research and teaching appointments at Georgetown University and the Universities of Greifswald, Helsinki and Constance, and has been awarded various research and travel grants, including a John J. McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy from the American Council on Germany. He has published widely and is author or editor of a number of books, most recently the co-edited volume Climate Change and the Law (Springer, 2013). Michael is a contributing author to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and in 2007 launched the quarterly Carbon & Climate Law Review (CCLR), the first academic journal dedicated to climate regulation and the carbon market, of which he remains Editor-in-Chief.
He regularly speaks at academic and trade conferences, and has been invited to brief legislators at the European Parliament. Currently, he serves on the Boards of Ecologic Institute in Washington DC and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources US (IUCN-US). He is also an Associated Researcher with the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Cambridge and a Member of Climate Strategies, an international research network focused on climate and energy policy.
Michael holds a law degree from the University of Constance and a postgraduate LL.M. diploma from the University of Helsinki, and is an attorney admitted to the German bar. As a German and American citizen, he has lived for extended periods of time in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. A native speaker of German and English, he is fluent in Spanish, has good command of French and Portuguese, and knows basic Finnish.