Axel Michaelowa ← Back


  • Head of Research, International Climate Policy, University of Zürich

Axel Michaelowa is Head of International Climate Policy at the Political Economy and Development Department, University of Zurich and Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS). He is also a Member of the Climate Strategies board.

Besides his research work, he is Senior Founding Partner of the Perspectives consultancy. Axel was a lead author of the chapter on international agreements in the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and wrote on mitigation policies in the 4th Assessment Report of the IPCC, published in 2007.

He is member of the editorial boards of the journals “Climate Policy”, “Climate and Development” and “Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management”. 

For the last two decades, Axel has been working on climate policy issues and has published over 100 articles, studies and book contributions. His publications have mainly focused on Kyoto Mechanisms, in particular the  Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

Axel is a member of the CDM Executive Board’s Registration and Issuance Team and has contributed to the development of eight approved CDM baseline methodologies. As one of the leading European experts on CDM institution building in developing countries.