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The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in Berlin is hiring again! We are looking for a post-doc in the PEGASOS project. In PEGASOS we want to learn about the political economy of a global coal phase-out and how smart policies can help to overcome some of the major barriers. Why? Because how a global coal phase-out can be organized is the elephant in the room of climate change mitigation: Global models suggest that phasing-out coal is one of the easy things we will do first to reduce emissions. Yet, we learn on the ground that phasing-out coal and closing down mines often come with a stark political economy. In order to learn about politically viable strategies we engage in comprehensive evidence synthesis, build and further develop energy and resource-economic models at different scales, use machine learning to understand discourses and carry out case-studies in various countries. We use formal synthesis methods for bringing the various insights from the project together. The project works with communication experts, has a multi-stakeholder advisory board from government, unions, industry associations and NGOs and has already built an international network of partner institutions. If this is intriguing, have a look at the job-ad and apply! Pop me an email if there are further questions: minx@mcc-berlin.net.

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