Michael A. Mehling


Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael Mehling is the Executive Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Previously, he was a central figure of the Ecologic Institute in Washington DC, serving as President from 2008–2014 and as a part of the organization since 2004. He is also a manager of the Konrad von Moltke Fund in Washington DC.

During his time at Ecologic Institute, Michael coordinated a range of research and advisory projects for government agencies as well as educational and civil society institutions in North America, Europe, and the developing world. He has a strong background in legal and institutional analysis, complemented by several years of experience working in an interdisciplinary setting. His work has focused on coupling his substantive knowledge of energy and environmental policy with didactical experience to design and implement several multi-year capacity development projects.

Michael Mehling has published widely. Recent books include the co-edited volumes “Bridging the Divide in Global Climate Policy: Strategies for Enhanced Participation and Integration” (2009), Improving the Clean Development Mechanism: Options and Challenges Post-2012 (2011), and “Climate Change and the Law” (2012). He is a contributing author to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and provided a background report for the Lazarowicz Report on Global Carbon Trading commissioned by the UK Prime Minister. He has also participated as an author in several reference works, including the Encyclopedia of Energy, the Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, and two commentaries on the law of the European Union. In 2007, he became founding editor of the quarterly Carbon & Climate Law Review, the first academic journal dedicated to climate regulation and the carbon market.

Michael Mehling serves on the Program Committee for the Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate at Johns Hopkins University, and is a Member of Climate Strategies. He has held academic appointments at Georgetown University, the Universities of Constance and Greifswald, and the University of Helsinki. He was awarded a John J. McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy from the American Council on Germany as well several grants from national research councils and foundations. He also served as a Member in the Task Force “Global Green Recovery,” established on behalf of the Office of Policy Planning of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Michael Mehling studied law at the Universities of Constance and Helsinki and is an alumnus of the Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme. He holds a master’s degree in law (LL.M.) from the University of Helsinki and is registered with the Bars of Berlin and the District of Columbia. During his judicial training, he was stationed at the department of environmental crimes at the office of the public prosecutor in Hamburg, the German Emissions Trading Authority in Berlin, and a Brazilian environmental consultancy, Âmbito – Homem e Ambiente, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.