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

Selected publications

  • New Paths for Climate Diplomacy

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

    Alexander Carius and Dennis Tänzler 2012: Elements of a New Era of Climate Diplomacy.
  • Overview: Towards Preventive Climate Diplomacy

    Dennis Tänzler and Alexander Carius 2012: Overview: Towards Preventive Climate Diplomacy.
  • Stabile Verhältnisse. Friedenspolitische Perspektiven von Anpassungspolitiken

    Dennis Tänzler und Alexander Carius 2012: Stabile Verhältnisse. Friedenspolitische Perspektiven von Anpassungspolitiken.
  • Territorial integrity and Sovereignty: Climate Change and Security in the Pacific and Beyond.

    Maas, Achim und Alexander Carius 2012: Territorial integrity and Sovereignty: Climate Change and Security in the Pacific and Beyond.. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, pp. 651-666.
  • 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

    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.
  • Water Diplomacy and Climate Change

    Annika Kramer und Alexander Carius 2012: Water Diplomacy and Climate Change.

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