School of Earth and Environment

Prof Jan Heemann-Minx

Priestley Chair, Climate Change and Public Policy

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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


Jan Christoph Minx, PhD, is Professor for Climate Change and Public Policy at the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds and head of the working group Applied Sustainability Science at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change. He takes an interdisciplinary research approach to issues of energy, climate change and sustainable development with applications to cities and infrastructure, global supply chain networks as well as historic and future transformation processes of societies and their governance. A particular concern is the development of big data applications for research synthesis and global environmental assessments in times of big (i.e. vast and fast-growing) literature. Jan develops and promotes meta-analytical methods in the social sciences and humanities to stimulate systematic learning and studies processes at the science-policy interface.

Before joining the MCC, he was Professor for Science-Policy and Sustainable Development at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. As Head of the Technical Support Unit of the Working Group ‘Mitigation of Climate Change’ of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) he coordinated the Working Group’s contribution to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report that was published in 2013/2014. He was a senior research fellow at the departments for Sustainable Engineering and the Economics of Climate Change at the Technical University Berlin and the Stockholm Environment Institute.


  • PhD in Environmental Economics and Management, University of York
  • MSc in Environmental Economics,University of York


  • Editorial Board Member of Economic Systems Research
  • Editorial Board Member of Carbon Balance and Management

Research Interests

  • Systematic learning on climate solutions
  • Methods for evidence synthesis and systematic reviews
  • Machine learning for understanding climate solutions
  • Emissions accounting and carbon footprinting
  • Climate and energy policies
  • Just transitions and climate change mitigation scenarios
  • Carbon dioxide removal technologies
  • Global environmental assessments and IPCC
  • Climate change and cities
  • Climate policy and SDGs

Teaching Interests

  • Applied methods for sustainability research
  • Science-policy interactions and global environmental assessments
  • Applied methods for research synthesis