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Ariel Araujo


Ariel Araujo

MA (Environmental Policy and Planning)
BSc (Environmental and Resource Management)



Ariel Araujo works at Ecologic Institute as a Researcher. His work focuses on resource efficiency, the transition towards a circular economy and urban sustainability. His native language is Spanish. He speaks fluent German and English and also has basic knowledge of Portuguese.

At Ecologic Institute, Ariel Araujo works mainly in the field of resource (efficiency) policy, particularly on the projects "Trend Analysis Resource Policy", "Identifying and Assessing Interactions between International Climate and Resource Policy" (ICARE) and "Multi-Use offshore platforms demoNstrators for boostIng cost-effecTive and Eco-friendly proDuction in sustainable marine activities" (UNITED). The "Trend Analysis Resource Policy" project identifies relevant societal trends, which could affect resource use, and analyses policy strategies and instruments that could help with tackling these trends. Ariel Araujo supports the analysis of policy strategies and instruments. At the UFOPLAN project ICARE, which analyzes the interrelation between resource and climate policy at international scale, Ariel Araujo supports the formulation of overarching political measures for resource conservation. His work is focused on the analysis of the relevance and applicability of political measures in different world regions, as well as their interactions with climate policy. The H2020 project UNITED examines the economic, social and ecological added value of combining multiple activities at the same maritime space using pilot demonstrators. Ariel Araujo supports the analysis of ecosystem services from an economic and ecological perspective.

Before arriving at Ecologic Institute, Ariel Araujo worked as an intern for the IKI-financed project "Initiative Resource Efficiency and Climate Action" at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Ariel Araujo holds a Master's degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from Technische Universität Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) his Bachelor's degree in Environmental and Resource Management from the Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg (Germany). He completed his Master's thesis within the interdisciplinary research project "RuralFutures Uruguay”, for which he conducted a field work in 17 rural schools throughout Uruguay.

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Selected projects by Ariel Araujo
Climate and resource policy are important fields of action at international and national level. In contrast to climate protection, there is no international policy regime for resource conservation and its societal relevance appears lower than for climate protection.... Read more


The UNITED project provides evidence by means of pilot demonstrators that the development of multi-use platforms or co-location of different activities in a marine and ocean space is a viable approach (economically, socially and environmentally) for European maritime... Read more

Multi-use Offshore Platforms Demonstrators for Boosting Cost-effective and Eco-friendly Production in Sustainable Marine Activities (UNITED)

The bioeconomy carries the promise to offer important opportunities for rural employment and regional added value. The transition towards a more sustainable, bio-based regional economy and society requires the active involvement of a broad spectrum of stakeholders and... Read more

Bio-based Strategies and Roadmaps for Enhanced Rural and Regional Development in the EU (BE-Rural)

The project "Circular City Berlin – from potential towards implementation (CiBER 1)" analyses and promotes innovative approaches to the circular economy in various sectors in Berlin. In view of the expected further growth, urban densification and increased economic... Read more

Circular City Berlin – From potential towards implementation (CiBER 1)

Global extraction of primary raw materials has been growing continuously for decades, and absolute decoupling between economic growth and resource consumption, let alone environmental impacts associated with the use of natural resources, has not yet been achieved.... Read more
Selected publications by Ariel Araujo
Sustainable use of natural resources in the long term requires not only the application and dissemination of resource-saving technologies and infrastructures, but also changes in individual and collective behaviour and social practices. Against this background,... Read more

Hirschnitz-Garbers, M.; Araujo Sosa, A.; Zwiers, J.; Hackfort, S.; und Schipperges, M. (2020). Methodentriangulation zur Ermittlung und Bewertung von gesellschaftlichen Trends und ressourcenpolitischen Maßnahmen. Teilbericht aus dem Trendradar-Projekt. UBA TEXTE 160/2020. Umweltbundesamt, Dessau-Roßlau.

This article (written in German) examines various policies and approaches that are currently being implemented or planned as solutions to the plastics crisis. It becomes clear that in national and international policies plastics are mainly described as a problem of... Read more

Mederake, L., Araujo Sosa, A. und Hirschnitz-Garbers, M. (2020): Mehr Kohärenz bitte! Plastikpolitik in Deutschland, Europa und weltweit. Politische Ökologie, Band 161, 76-82.

Climate protection is one of the most important, if not the most important, contemporary environmental policy issues, both on the national and the international level. While the Paris Agreement has marked a great success for climate protection in the international arena... Read more

Hirschnitz-Garbers, M.; A. Araujo Sosa; M. Hinzmann; E.K. Velten; M. Freundt; L. Duin and K. Neumann (2020). Climate Protection and Resource Conservation – Analysing the climate-resources nexus and interactions between international policy measures. Ecologic Institute Discussion Paper, Berlin.

With the recent update of its Bioeconomy Strategy, the guidance of its advisory bodies and the engagement of regional groups and representatives, Europe has found a new track towards a sustainable bioeconomy, building on the notion that regions are the most appropriate... Read more

Anzaldúa, G., Abhold, K., Araujo, A., Chebotarev, A., Cosnita, D., Diaconescu, T., Dimov, L., Duic, N., Iorgulescu, R., Kiresiewa, Z., Lazdina, D., Makovskis, K., Markovska, M., Mihajloska, E., Mytlewski, A., Pauna, C., Pavlova, I., Rakowski, M., Schock, M., Szulecka, O., Tröltzsch, J., Zelljadt, E. (2019). D2.2 The macro-environment surrounding BE-Rural’s Open Innovation Platforms. Deliverable of the H2020 BE-Rural project.

PolRess 2 – Akteursanalyse
How can the recycling of construction materials in Germany be further expanded and professionalised? What needs to be changed so that more high-quality recycled construction materials can be used, especially in high-rise construction? The stakeholder analysis by... Read more

Hinzmann, Mandy; Ariel Araujo Sosa; Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers (2019): Stärkung der Kreislaufführung von mineralischen Baustoffen mittels freiwilliger Selbstverpflichtung - Akteursperspektiven auf Bedarfe und Optionen. Akteursanalyse im Projekt Ressourcenpolitik 2 (PolRess 2).

Many of today’s large societal challenges, such as climate change mitigation, resource security, urbanisation and migration require a fundamental transformation of the way we use natural resources. However, our understanding of the stocks and flows of materials and... Read more

Araujo Sosa, A.; Hirschnitz-Garbers, M.; and Müller, D. (2018). Fostering Resource Security and Sustainable Development through improved monitoring of the Physical Economy. MinFuture Policy Brief (D6.4.1); Ecologic Institute: Berlin

The MinFuture project has developed a framework aimed at providing guidance on how to perform a more systematic physical accounting, as well as steps to help implement such a system. The MinFuture Business Brief is available for download. The key recommendations are:... Read more

Araujo Sosa, A.; Hirschnitz-Garbers, M.; Müller, D.; Rechberger, H.; and Liu, G. (2018). Increasing security of supply and competitiveness through monitoring of the physical economy in companies and along supply chains. MinFuture Business Brief (D6.4.2); Ecologic Institute: Berlin