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Matthias Honegger is a senior research associate with Perspectives Climate Research where he leads the division on carbon dioxide removal. His research addresses emerging governance challenges in climate change governance at international and national levels. In particular, he has focussed on carbon dioxide removal and net-zero targets and emerging discourses surrounding “geoengineering”. He has examined novel questions regarding global risk governance of climate change, exploring tensions between goal-driven governance including sustainable development and implications for policies on mitigation including carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management.
As a research associate with Perspectives Climate Research he has followed international climate policy developments since 2012 and he has contributed to drafting mitigation policies, national mitigation targets, studies on market mechanisms and advised government and private sector delegations during UN climate negotiations on a broad range of negotiations topics. With a MSc in Environmental System Sciences (from ETH Zurich) and a PhD in Political Science (from Utrecht University) he seeks to combine the study of earth systems and human (economic, social and political) systems into interdisciplinary analysis of governance problems and potential approaches.