Finn Müller-Hansen

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

Finn Müller-Hansen is a researcher at the Berlin-based Mercator Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change working on applications of machine learning and bibliometric analysis on the scientific literature and discourses about energy transitions and climate policy. He applies methods from natural language processing and network theory to investigate the interplay of social, economic, and political factors in transformations towards a sustainable economy.


William F. Lamb, Giulio Mattioli, Sebastian Levi, Timmons Roberts, Stuart Capstick, Felix Creutzig, Jan Christoph Minx, Finn Müller-Hansen, Trevor Culhane, & Julia K. Steinberger. 2020. “Discourses of climate delay,”

Global Sustainability  (July 2020).

Finn Müller-Hansen, Jobst Heitzig, Jonathan F. Donges, Manoel F. Cardoso, Eloi L. Dalla-Nora, Pedro Andrade, Jürgen Kurths, & Kirsten Thonicke. 2019.  “Can Intensification of Cattle Ranching Reduce Deforestation in the Amazon? Insights From an Agent-based Social-Ecological Model,”

Ecological Economics, 159, pp. 198–211 (May 2019). 

Catrin Ciemer, Niklas Boers, Marina Hirota, Jürgen Kurths, Finn Müller-Hansen, Rafael S. Oliveira, & Ricarda Winkelmann. 2019. “Higher resilience to climatic disturbances in tropical vegetation exposed to more variable rainfall,”

Nature Geoscience, 12, pp. 174–179 (February 2019). 

Finn Müller-Hansen, Maja Schlüter, Michael Mäs, Jonathan F. Donges, Jakob J. Kolb, Kirsten Thonicke, & Jobst Heitzig. 2017. “Towards representing human behavior and decision making in Earth system models – an overview of techniques and approaches,”

Earth System Dynamics 8, pp. 977-1007 (November 2017). 

Finn Müller-Hansen, Manoel F. Cardoso, Eloi L. Dalla-Nora, Jonathan F. Donges, Jobst Heitzig, J. Kurths, & Kirsten Thonicke. 2017. “A matrix clustering method to explore patterns of land-cover transitions in satellite-derived maps of the Brazilian Amazon,”

Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics 24, pp. 113-123 (February 2017).