Johannes Ackva
MSc Sociology, MA Social Science
Project Manager

Johannes Ackva is a Project Manager at adelphi specialising in Emissions Trading, Energy Policy and Climate and Security. He is currently analysing emission trading systems for the Secretariat of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) and exploring new opportunities for an innovation-oriented energy policy.

In his projects Johannes Ackva draws on an extensive background in political science, economics, sociology as well as quantitative and qualitative methods. Through several years of living and working abroad in India and the United States he acquired a deeper understanding of the energy policy challenges and debates on different continents. In addition to his expertise in conceptual development and research, he is also an experienced project manager specialising in the technical development of interactive online tools as well as in complex data analyses to support strategy development.

At the ICAP Secretariat, he analyses the American and Canadian emission trading systems and conducts analyses for policy makers of the ICAP Member States. Besides his tasks for ICAP Johannes Ackva is currently examining the benefits of an innovation-oriented energy policy. In a prior project for the German Foreign Office he conceptually developed and led the implementation of an interactive knowledge platform on environmental change, conflicts and conflict resolution that is utilised in several G7 Foreign Ministries. Within this project, he coordinated an international team of case study experts and worked closely with the realising graphics agency.

Before joining adelphi, Johannes Ackva researched the comparative politics of energy at the Breakthrough Institute (Oakland, CA), worked at the National Opinion Research Center (Chicago, IL) and at the Environmental Policy Research Centre at the Free University Berlin (Germany). He also conducted several university research projects on a wide range of energy and climate policy issues. Among other topics, he analysed the partisan and constituency drivers of Congressional climate policy voting behavior, the political feasibility of innovation-oriented energy policy as well as the political and economic aspects of the carbon pricing debate (cap-and-trade vs. carbon tax).

Johannes Ackva earned a Research Master (M.Sc.) in Sociology from the Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, as well as a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, United States, where he received a full merit-based scholarship. He holds a B.A. in Integrated Social Sciences from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.

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