James Mister joined Ecologic Institute as a Transatlantic Fellow in October 2011. His research focused primarily on the legal frameworks of multilateral climate agreements, climate finance and economic policy instruments. A native English speaker, James Mister is fluent in German, Spanish and Dutch, is proficient in French and Italian, and has basic knowledge of Portuguese.
During his time at Ecologic Institute, James Mister examined the rapid shift away from nuclear energy in certain Member States of the European Union (EU), regulation of the EU emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS) and its legal implications on an international level, and the role of the USA, Russia, and BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India & China) at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, James Mister spent time as a research assistant to Dr. Alexander Ochs, Director of the Climate & Energy Program at Worldwatch Institute in Washington DC. Since 2010 he worked in the USA and Germany as Managing Editor of the Forum for Atlantic Climate and Energy Talks (FACET), a transatlantic policy forum founded by Dr. Ochs with the support of the Business and Economics Program of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). In that capacity, he managed the contributors, external partnerships and the media presence of FACET, and regularly interfaced with policymakers and business leaders from Germany and the USA.
James Mister also has a background in corporate and public affairs and has worked as a public relations and logistics professional in the USA and Germany. He has also worked previously in the USA and Italy as a strategy and sustainability consultant in the Slow Food / sustainable agriculture sector.
James Mister completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics at Princeton University (USA), where he studied political theory, EU constitutional law, and European politics, economics, and society. His senior thesis, partially researched at the International Center of Studies on the Tourist Economy (CISET) at Università Ca’Foscari di Venezia (Italy), examined the political, economic, and socio-cultural ramifications of sustainable development tourism investment in middle- and low-income nations in East Africa and Latin America.