Jonas Meckling

Research Expertise and Interest

climate policy, energy policy, business and environment, political economy

Research Description

​Jonas Meckling is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Climate Fellow at Harvard Business School. At Berkeley, he leads the Energy and Environment Policy Lab and the Climate Program of the Berkeley Economy and Society Initiative. ​
Dr. Meckling studies the politics of climate policy and the energy transition. He publishes his research in leading journals, including Nature Climate ChangeNature Energy and Science. Professor Meckling is the author of two books, the latest of which is Carbon Coalitions: Business, Climate Politics, and the Rise of Emissions Trading (MIT Press). He received multiple awards for his research, including the American Political Science Association's Emerging Young Scholar Award in the field of science, technology, and environmental politics. In 2021, Jonas Meckling was the Coleman P. Burke Distinguished Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University. 

​Before joining Berkeley, he served as Senior Advisor to the German Minister for the Environment and Renewable Energy, was a Research Fellow at Harvard University, and worked at the European Commission. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

In the News

Why Some Countries Are Leading the Shift to Green Energy

Oil and gas prices skyrocketed following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in spring 2022, creating a global energy crisis similar to the oil crisis of the 1970s. While some countries used the price shock to accelerate the transition to cleaner sources of energy, such as wind, solar and geothermal, others have responded by expanding the production of fossil fuels.

New Study Examines Drivers of Government Investment in Energy Innovation

New analysis led by researchers from Rausser College of Natural Resources and the University of Cambridge offers insight into the trajectory of energy research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) that may help policymakers recalibrate their strategy to drive innovation. Published September 12 in the journal Nature Energy, the findings show that participating in Mission Innovation, a new form of international cooperation, and intensifying technology competition from China are the strongest drivers of funding for new clean energy RD&D.
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