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- Exploring the Complexities of Justice in Sustainability
- Turning debt into climate action: A Global South approach to the climate struggle
- Climate litigation and planetary justice – the kick-off of the lecture series “Justice and Sustainability”
- Justice in Sustainability: The IASS Focal Topic for the Year 2022
Niklas Scheffer is a student assistant in the project "Ecopolitical Transformations" (EcoPol) and the RIFS focal topic "Justice in Sustainability". His research interests include in particular questions of governmentality, political economy, transformation towards sustainability, social movements, quantitative and qualitative methods (in particular automatic text analysis and causality research). Scheffer has been working at the RIFS since summer 2020 and during this time has contributed to the establishment of the research project "Ecopolitical Transformation" (EcoPol) and the successful call for proposals for the focal topic "Justice in Sustainability". In the project "Ecopolitical Transformations" he is co-producer of the podcast "Carbon Critique". Scheffer is currently doing researching on youth-led climate lawsuits in a global context and is working on a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the dominant discourses at the world climate conferences COP26 and COP27. Before his time at RIFS, Scheffer was part of the research project "Re-Measurement of the World Economy" headed by Prof. Dr. Thomas Straubhaar at the University of Hamburg. Scheffer completed his bachelor's degree in politics, administration and organization at the University of Potsdam in 2020. He is currently doing his master's degree in political science at the University of Potsdam.