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1. About the university
The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) conducts research and fosters dialogue about how the global commons, such as the atmosphere and the oceans, might be used and shared by many yet nevertheless be protected. A main theme is the compatibility of economic growth with sustainable development and climate protection.
2. University Statistics
MCC was founded in 2012 by Stiftung Mercator and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). At the end of its inception phase, which ran from 2012 to 2015, MCC supported 28 full-time-equivalent positions, distributed across 47 total staff members. Our research is carried out in seven working groups and one special task force.
3. Research from the university
The research of MCC is divided into seven working groups and one task force. Economic growth and human development: Analysis of the relationships between economic growth, greenhouse gas emissions and resource consumption. Land use and urbanization: Investigation of the relationships between urbanization and global environmental changes, especially the sustainable development of cities from a social and ecological perspective. Sustainable resource management and global change: Analysis of possible solutions for sustainable resource management and the provision of public goods. Polycentric governance: Study of the institutional preconditions for achieving the 2 °C target, including of the instruments allowing for the prompt adoption of a sustainable climate policy. Scientific assessments, ethics and politics: Evaluation with respect to the handling of ethical aspects and diverse interests in integrated environment-related policy assessments. Geographic production and consumption patterns: Analysis of geographic production and consumption patterns as well as of the extraction and trade of raw materials in the global economy, and the visualization thereof. Climate change and development: The importance of expanding industrial structures and infrastructure for economic development and the resulting climate-related dependencies. Task Force “Public Economics for the Global Commons”: Identification of implementable political measures for achieving an efficient and fair access to the global commons. In addition to this overuse, there is an under-provision of the so-called social commons. These are public goods providing access to health services, education, clean water, sanitation, energy, or transport and communication infrastructure. They are essential for human well-being as the level of provision of these goods has significant effects on both growth and inequality. Consequently, the role of cities and the infrastructures provided therein is another focus of MCC’s research.