Daniel Blobel is a Senior Analyst and joined Ecologic Institute in 2002. His responsibilities include project management and research as well as the preparation of public information materials. Thematically, his recent focus has been on climate change adaptation. Other areas of work include climate change mitigation policies, environmental policy instruments, the interaction between environmental and social policies, indicators for sustainable development and sustainability impact assessment. Daniel works in German and English, is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of Russian.
In the last few years, Daniel was intensively involved in the coordination of the project RADOST – Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast. In the field of climate change adaptation, he has also led projects addressing the further developement of the German Adaptation Strategy as well as comparative analyses of adaptation strategies and measures in Germany and other European countries. His previous activities with regard to climate change policy include the preparation of a handbook on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
In addition, Daniel has worked on several projects dealing with environmental tax and finance reform. His topics of research at Ecologic Institute have also included: the relationship between environmental policies and social justice, impact assessment methods for trade and investment agreements, measures to limit land use and the potential of the "Ecological Footprint" indicator in monitoring sustainability.
Prior to his appointment at Ecologic Institute, Daniel was predominantly engaged in (environmental) journalism. In 2000, he carried out investigative and editorial work at oekom publishing house, which specializes in sustainability and environmental policy issues. While at the European Policy Department of the German League for the Protection of Nature (DNR) in 2001, he wrote numerous articles for the "EU-Rundschreiben" (EU Bulletin).
From 1991 to 1998, Daniel studied geo-ecology at Karlsruhe University (Germany). During his study, he spent seven months in Russia and completed a diploma thesis, analyzing soils and vegetation in an area near the shore of Lake Baikal. After completing his studies, Daniel received a certificate in land use planning. In 1999 and 2000, he completed internships at a regional State Agency for Environment and Nature in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and at a private consultancy for landscape planning in Kiel (Germany).