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Dr. Jan Minx


Jan Minx, PhD in Environmental Economics and Management from the University of York, is co-responsible for Sustainable Human Settlements and Infrastructure. Beside his affiliation at the TU’s Department “Economics of Climate Change”, he is a senior research fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute and the University of York. Jan is interested in analyzing spatial aspects of climate change policy and in the development of models providing holistic representations of systems of production and consumption and their environmental impacts. Under this umbrella research topics include consumption based emission accounting at different (spatial) scales (“carbon footprinting”), international trade and carbon leakage, regional emission drivers, urban metabolism, and the application of geo-demographic data systems for lifestyle analysis and the analysis of the relationship between urban form and emissions.

Contact details

Technische Universität Berlin
Chair Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer
Department Economics of Climate Change
Room EB 238-240 (EB 4-1)
Straße des 17. Juni 145
10623 Berlin

Phone: +49-(0)30-314-78864


Research Interests

  • International trade and carbon emissions
  • Urban metabolism

Emission accounting and emission drivers

  • Lifestyle analysis
  • Geodemographics
  • Input-Output Modelling
  • Life cycle analysis


  • 02/2010 to present     Senior Research Fellow and Co-Leader of Research   Area "Sustainable Human Settlements and Infrastructure" at the Department for the Economics of Climate Change, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • 04/2008 to present     Senior Research Fellow and Principal Investigator, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York, UK
  • 11/2005 to 03/2008     Research Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York, UK (during PhD)
  • 07/2005 to 10/2005    Visiting Researcher at Research Institute of Professions (FFB), University of Lüneburg, Germany (during PhD)
  • 10/2002 to 05/2007    Ph. D. in Environmental Economics and Management, Environment Department, University of York, UK
  • 10/2001 to 09/2002    M.Sc. in Environmental Economics, Environment Department, University of York, UK (degree: summa cum laude, best degree result)
  • 10/1998 to 09/2001    Studies of Economics and Political Science, University of Cologne, Germany

Professional Affiliations & Academic Awards

  • Member of the UK Energy Research Centre
  • Technical Working Group Member of the GHG Protocol Product and Supply Chain Accounting and Reporting Standard
  • Member of the International Input-Output Association (IIOA)
  • Advisor (Vertrauensdozent) Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • University of York Research Scholarship (2002-2005)
  • Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarship (2000-2002)

Recent Publications (excl. Conference Papers)

Peters, Glen P., Minx, Jan C., Weber, Christopher L., Edenhofer, Ottmar: Growth in emission transfers via international trade from 1990 to 2008. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2011) [doi: 10.1073/pnas.1006388108] [Link]

J. Minx, F. Creutzig, V. Medinger, T. Ziegler. A. Owen, G. Baiocchi (2011). Developing a pragmatic approach to assess urban metobolism in Europe. A report to the European Environment Agency. Climatecon Working Paper 2011-01. (pdf)

S. Kagawa, K. Nansai, Y. Kondo, K. Hubacek, S. Suh, J. Minx, Y. Kudoh, To. Tasaki, S. Nakamura, Role of Motor Vehicle Lifetime Extension in Climate Change Policy, Environmental Science & Technology, Jan 25, 2011 (Web)

Peters, G. P., D. Guan, K. Hubacek, J. C. Minx and C. L. Weber (2010). "China's road to sustainability: A response." Science 328: 824-825 (Letters Section).

Baiocchi, G. and J. C. Minx (2010). "Understanding Changes in the UK's CO2 Emissions: A Global Perspective." Environmental Science & Technology 44(4): 1177-1184.

Baioccchi, G. and J. C. Minx (2010). "Consumer Emissions." The New Scientist February 27 - March 5 2010: 26-27.

Paul, A., T. Wiedmann, J. Barrett, J. C. Minx, K. Scott, E. Dawkins, A. Owen, J. Briggs and I. Gray (2010). A Plain English Guide to Input-Output Analysis: The Resources and Energy Analysis Programme. The Sustainability Practitioner's Guide to Input-Output Analysis. R. Wood and J. Murray. Illinois, USA, CommonGround.

Wiedmann, T., R. Wood, J. C. Minx, M. Lenzen, D. Guan and R. Harris (2010). "A Carbon Footprint Time Series of the UK - Results from a Multi-Region Input-Output Model." Economic Systems Research 22(1) forthcoming.

Baiocchi, G., J. C. Minx and K. Hubacek (2010). "The Impact of Social Factors and Consumer Behavior on CO2 emissions in the UK: a Panel Regression Based on Input-Output and Geo-demographic Consumer Segmentation Data." Journal of Industrial Ecology 14(1): 50-72.

Feng, K., K. Hubacek, D. Guan, M. Contestabile, J. C. Minx and J. Barrett (2010). "Distributional Effects of Climate Change Taxation." Environmental Science & Technology 44(10): 3670-3676.

Minx, J. C., G. Baiocchi, K. Hubacek and J. Barrett (2010). "Seeing the Forest for the Trees? Using Qualitative Methods to Compare Production Systems in Monetary and Physical Units." Ecological Economics under revision.

Minx, J. C., T. Wiedmann, R. Wood, G. Peters, M. Lenzen, A. Owen, K. Scott, J. Barrett, K. Hubacek, G. Baiocchi, A. Paul, E. Dawkins, J. Briggs, D. Guan, S. Suh and F. Ackerman (2009). "Multi-regional Input-Output Analysis and Carbon Footprinting: An overview of UK applications." Economic Systems Research 21(3): 187-216.

Munksgaard, J., J. C. Minx, L. B. Christofferson and L.-L. Pade (2009). Models for National CO2  Accounting. Handbook on Input-output Economics for Industrial Ecology. S. Suh. Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Springer. 23: 533-560.

Minx, J. C. and G. Baioccchi (2009). Time Use and Sustainability. Handbook for Input-Output Economics in Industrial Ecology. S. Suh. Dordrecht, Springer: 819-846.

Minx, J. (2008). Integrated Data Frameworks in Monetary, Physical and Time Units for Quantitative Sustainable Consumption Research. Environment Department. York, University of York. PhD.

Wiedmann, T. and J.C. Minx (2008). A Definition of 'Carbon Footprint'. Ecological Economics Research Trends. C. C. Pertsova, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. vol 2: Chapter 1, 55-65.

Minx, J.C. and Tschochohei, H., 2006, Die Bedeutung des Flächenverbrauchs für die Halbtagsgesellschaft, in: Harthard, S., Schaffer, A. and Stahmer, C. (eds.), Die Halbtagsgesellschaft: Konkrete Utopie für eine Zukunftsfähige Gesellschaft, Nomos, Baden-Baden: 153-165.

Wiedmann, T., J.C. Minx, J. Barrett and M. Wackernagel (2006). "Allocating ecological footprints to final consumption categories with input-output analysis." Ecological Economics 56(1): 28-48.

Munksgaard, J., L.-L. Pade, J.C. Minx and M. Lenzen (2005). "Influence of trade on national CO2 emissions." International Journal of Global Energy Issues 23(4): 324.

Selected Project Reports

Minx, J. C., G. Baiocchi, T. Wiedmann and J. Barrett (2010). Understanding Changes in the UK's CO2 Emissions: A Structural Decomposition Approach. London, Report to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. forthcoming.

SEI, ECI and Cambridge Econometrics (2010). The Contribution of Products to Meeting UK Climate Change Targets. London, Report to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. forthcoming.

Scott, K., J. Barrett, G. Baiocchi and J. C. Minx (2009). Meeting the UK Climate Change Challenge: The Contribution of Resource Efficiency. York, Report to the Waste and Resources Action Programme, UK.

Minx, J. C., T. Wiedmann, J. Barrett and S. Suh (2008). Methods Review to Support the PAS Process for the Calculation of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Embodied in Good and Services: Report to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. York, Stockholm Environment Institue and University of Minnesota.

Wiedmann, T., R. Wood, M., Lenzen, J.C. Minx, D. Guan and J. Barrett (2008). Development of an Embedded Carbon Emissions Indicator - Producing a Time Series of Input-Output Tables and Embedded Carbon Dioxide Emissions for the UK by Using a MRIO Data Optimisation System. Revised Final Report to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York and Centre for Integrated Sustainability Analysis at the University of Sydney. London, UK, Defra.

Minx, J. C., K. Scott, G. Peters and J. Barrett (2008). An Analysis of Sweden's Carbon Footprint. Stockholm, WWF Sweden.

Barrett, J., J.C. Minx, A. Paul and S. D. Frey (2007). Towards a low footprint Scotland - Living well, within our ecological limits. A report to Scotland's Global Footprint project, Stockholm Environment Institute, York, UK.

Stockholm Environment Institute (2007). The Right Climate to Change: The Carbon Footprint of UK Local Authorities. Godalming, WWF-UK.

Haq, G., J. C. Minx, Whitelegg and A. Owen (2007). Greening the Greys: Climate Change and the Over 50's. York, Stockholm Environment Institute.

GAP, SEI and Eco-Logica (2006). UK Schools Carbon Footprint Scoping Study. London  Report by Global Action Plan, Stockholm Environment Institute and Eco-Logica Ltd for the Sustainable Development Commission.

SEI, WWF and CURE (2006). Counting Consumption - CO2 emissions, material flows and Ecological Footprint of the UK by region and devolved country. WWF-UK. Godalming, Surrey, UK, Published by WWF-UK.

Wiedmann, T., J.C. Minx, J. Barrett, R. Vanner and P. Ekins (2006). Sustainable Consumption and Production - Development of an Evidence Base: Resource Flows. London, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, London, UK.

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