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Alexander Carius

Alexander Carius
Dipl.-Pol. (political science)
Managing Director

Alexander Carius is co-founder and Managing Director of adelphi. The core topics of his research and consultancy work are: resources and governance, climate and energy, and development and security. He also provides advice on institutional matters with respect to environmental and development policy, policy integration and the development regional and multilateral cooperation frameworks. He advises federal ministries, aid agencies, the European Commission and various international organizations. Since 1995, he has managed more than 200 national and international research and advisory projects with inter-disciplinary teams.

Institutional and policy learning as well as bridging the science and policies divide are important aspects of his research and consultancy work. His regional expertise is South East Asia, South Caucasus and emerging economies. He has published more than 200 essays, research papers and books on various matters relating to environmental and developmental policy.

Alexander Carius is an experienced facilitator of national and international stakeholder dialogues and consultation processes and develops complex national and international programmes and projects for donor agencies as well as for international organisations. He has been team leader for several international missions on environment and development and has managed several European and national research projects. He holds a Capacity WORKS certificate and regularly serves as an executive trainer for senior government officials.

He has been an evaluator for the European Commission’s Research Framework Programmes since the 1990s and evaluates programmes and projects for aid agencies and international organizations. Alexander is board member of various projects and journals and sat on the German government’s advisory panel on civilian crisis prevention, conflict resolution and peace consolidation from 2005 to 2009.

During the 1990s, Alexander Carius lectured at various universities on European environmental policy and law. He was an advisor to the German government, the European Commission and the World Bank for the preparation of Eastern-European candidate countries to join the European Union. From 1991 to 1992, he was a Fellow at the Research Center for Environmental Policy at the Free University of Berlin. From 1993 to 1994, he was an advisor to the German Foundation for International Development and managed the Business Development division at smart information in Berlin. In 1993, he founded the Ecologic Institute for international environmental policy and was its managing director from 1995 to 2001.

Alexander Carius grew up in Wiesbaden, Berlin, Vienna and Lisbon, and studied political science, law and journalism in Berlin.

Selected Projects

Developing and implementing the European Roadmap on Climate Change and Security

Client: European Commission, DG External Relations
Term: 02.2009 - 01.2010

Building capacities for environmental policy and law in the Southern Caucasus

Client: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Term: 01.2009 - 12.2011

Sino-German conference on cooperation areas to develop a Green Economy

Client: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Term: 12.2010 - 01.2011

Developing strategic environmental partnerships with emerging economies

Client: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Term: 05.2009 - 11.2010

Setting-up the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP)

Client: Federal Environment Agency (UBA)
Term: 09.2008 - 09.2011

Recent Publications

Rüttinger, Lukas; Gerald Stang, Dan Smith, Dennis Tänzler, Janani Vivekananda, Alexander Carius, Oli Brown, Geoff Dabelko, Roger-Mark De Souza, Shreya Mitra, Katharina Nett, Meaghan Parker and Benjamin Pohl 2015: A New Climate for Peace – Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks. Executive Summary. Berlin/London/Washington/Paris: adelphi, International Alert, The Wilson Center, EUISS. Download here.

Alexander Carius and Achim Maas 2010: Cambio climático, recursos naturales y conflicto. In: Revista española de desarrollo y cooperación N°26, 99-120.

Alexander Carius und Dennis Tänzler (Hrsg.) i.E.: Towards a Green Economy in Emerging and Rapidly Growing Countries – The Way Forward after Rio+20. München: oekom verlag

Beisheim, Marianne; Jürgen Maier and Alexander Carius 2014: Embedding the environment in the Post-2015 Agenda. Chair's Conclusions. Berlin: adelphi

Adriázola, Paola; Alexander Carius, Laura Griestop, Lena Ruthner, Dennis Tänzler, Joe Thwaites and Stephan Wolters 2014: New Paths for Climate Diplomacy. Berlin: adelphi

Pohl, Benjamin; Alexander Carius, Ken Conca, Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Annika Kramer, David Michel, Susanne Schmeier, Ashok Swain and Aaron Wolf 2014: The Rise of Hydro-Diplomacy. Strengthening foreign policy for transboundary waters. Berlin: adelphi

Tänzler, Dennis and Alexander Carius (Hrsg.) 2012: Climate Diplomacy in Perspective. From Early Warning to Early Action. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag

Alexander Carius and Dennis Tänzler 2012: Elements of a New Era of Climate Diplomacy. In: Dennis Tänzler und Alexander Carius (Hrsg.): Climate Diplomacy in Perspective. From Early Warning to Early Action. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 129-132.

Dennis Tänzler and Alexander Carius 2012: Overview: Towards Preventive Climate Diplomacy. In: Dennis Tänzler and Alexander Carius (Hrsg.): Climate Diplomacy in Perspective. From Early Warning to Early Action. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 9-13.

Dennis Tänzler und Alexander Carius 2012: Stabile Verhältnisse. Friedenspolitische Perspektiven von Anpassungspolitiken. In: Wissenschaft & Frieden 2012-3: Klimawandel und Sicherheit, 43–45.

Maas, Achim und Alexander Carius 2012: Territorial integrity and Sovereignty: Climate Change and Security in the Pacific and Beyond. In: Scheffran, Jürgen, Broszka, Michael, Brauch, Hans Günter, Link, Peter Michael und Schilling, Janpeter (Hrsg.): Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict. Challenges for Societal Stability. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, pp. 651-666

Carius, Alexander and Achim Maas 2012: Thinking back-end: Improving post-conflict analysis through consulting, adapting to change, and scenario building. In: Jensen, David and Steve Lonergan (Eds.): Assessing and Restoring Natural Resources in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding. Oxon and New York: Earthscan

Annika Kramer und Alexander Carius 2012: Water Diplomacy and Climate Change. In: Dennis Tänzler und Alexander Carius (Hrsg.): Climate Diplomacy in Perspective. From Early Warning to Early Action. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 65-68.

Maas, Achim and Alexander Carius 2011: Creating space for action: options for small island states to cope with global environmental change. London: UK Government Office for Science

Houdret, Annabelle; Annika Kramer and Alexander Carius 2010: The Water Security Nexus. Challenges and Opportunities for Development Cooperation. Eschborn: GTZ