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Clara Deniz Oldenburg


Clara Deniz Oldenburg

MSc (Environmental Governance)
BA (Leisure Studies)

Junior Researcher


Clara works as a Junior Researcher at Ecologic Institute Berlin. Her work focuses on EU climate and energy policy particularly in relation to emissions trading and other market-based mechanisms. She is further interested in futures studies as well as environmental aspects of development cooperation. Clara Oldenburg is a native German speaker and speaks fluent English.

At Ecologic Institute Clara primarily works on projects related to developing and implementing long-term climate governance frameworks at EU, national and local level primarily within the scope of the National Climate Initiative (NKI) and the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). The focus of her project portfolio is on topics such as climate legislation, energy efficiency and the evaluation and implementation of climate targets at national, European and global level.

Prior to joining Ecologic Institute, Clara Oldenburg gained divers experience by working for various institutions, such as the German Federal Foreign Office, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Intetnationale Zusammenarbeit (Addis Abeba, Dong Hoi, Rubuguri), KfW and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI). Thereby, she acquired various insights into international environmental policy processes, both from a governance perspective and  the local level.

Clara Oldenburg holds a Master of Science in Environmental Governance from the University of Freiburg (Germany). Her interdisciplinary master's degree addressed divers topics such as environmental economics, environmental psychology, conflict management and participation as well as sustainability management. Within her thesis she analyzed the wider economic and social implications of sustainable economy approaches by performing a scenario analysis in cooperation with Fraunhofer ISI. During her bachelor's degree in leisure studies at the Hochschule Bremen – University of Applied Science, she focused on protected area management as well as rural development and spent one semester at the Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey).

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