Anna Topp is a RECAP15 Fellow at AICGS between August and October 2013. Since January 2012, Ms. Topp has worked as a research assistant on the project “Re-thinking the Efficacy of International Climate Agreements Post COP15” (RECAP15), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project deals with the question of how a new international agreement on climate change could be created. Within RECAP15 and her doctoral dissertation, Ms. Topp examines the interdependencies between strategies on climate change mitigation and adaptation on the international level.

For a long time, the topic of adaptation to climate change was rather neglected in the negotiations on climate change. However, political debates on climate change have currently shifted toward the issue of adaptation domestically and internationally. Countries are currently refining regional adaptation plans. Furthermore, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is creating an international system of funding for both purposes, adaptation, and mitigation. Ms. Topp will take these tendencies of the political debate into account and employ a game theoretic framework to analyze how decisions on mitigation and adaptation are strategically affected by instruments like climate funds.

In July 2011, Ms. Topp earned her Master’s of Science in economics with a specialization in international economics at the University of Regensburg, Germany. Her master’s thesis was titled (translated) “Behavioral Economic Approaches to Explain Cooperativeness in International Environmental Politics.”