Designation: Senior Researcher, Energy Research Centre, and ACDI Senior Fellow Expertise: Climate technology and policy in developing countries; mitigation and poverty
Britta is a Senior Researcher in the ERC’s Energy, Environment and Climate Change Group, and Senior Fellow at the African Climate and Development Initiative. Prior to joining ERC, she worked for the German International Cooperation in Brazil and the German Development Institute in Germany. Britta holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Twente, Netherlands. She has ten years of international work experience in sustainable development research, consulting and teaching, which she acquired in Brazil, Germany and South Africa.
Britta’s research focuses on climate policy and technology in developing countries and the links between poverty, inequality, energy and mitigation of climate change. Previous work analyzed renewable energy and nuclear programs, carbon taxation green industrial and innovation policies in developing nations. The research of her ACDI Senior Fellowship addresses the overall question of how the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) can be implemented in ways that advance efforts for emissions, energy access and poverty reduction, and set developing countries on low carbon development pathways in the long term.
The research conducted under the fellowship aims to investigate pro-poor sustainable energy technologies, the skills for their uptake and development and contributions to reducing poverty and increasing wellbeing, all under the larger umbrella of advancing the proposed NDCs for the stock take in 2023.