Dennis Tänzler
Dipl. Political Science, M.A. North American Studies/ Cultural Science (eq. MA)
Director and Head of Programme Climate Policy

Dennis Tänzler is Director and Head of Programme Climate Policy at adelphi. His research focuses on climate and energy policies as well as on peace and conflict studies. In 2007 and 2008 he served the Policy Planning Unit of the German Foreign Office as an expert on climate and energy policies. Dennis Tänzler has more than fifteen years of experience in the fields of global environmental policy, climate change policy and climate change and foreign policy.

Dennis Tänzler has undertaken research on climate protection and energy policies in the European Union, the United States and a number of developing and transition countries. Furthermore he provided in-depth analysis on the security implications of climate change and contributed to interdisciplinary research on new methodologies for vulnerability assessments and the development of conflict-sensitive adaptation. Most recently he led a project to develop a dynamic training course on climate finance readiness and is advising different governments on establishing governance structures for climate finance readiness. 2014 and 2015 he coordinated an EU-funded project on the Climate Diplomacy Narratives and is one of the lead authors of the 2015 flagship report "A New Climate for Peace" dealing with climate change impacts on fragile states. In the area of energy policy, he currently deals with the interrelationships of energy transformation, local value creation and jobs.

Dennis Tänzler has published widely on international affairs and environmental policy and has been the programme director on the environment, conflict and cooperation platform ( since 2004. He holds master degrees in political science as well as in North American Studies and Cultural Sciences.

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