I'm Jo, ...

... early millenial with '90s imprint, committed humanist and cosmopolitan, devoted number cruncher, relentness self-challenger, and oudoorsy lover of nature. I'm currently working in academia and live in Hamburg and Mannheim, Germany. From there, I also spread out to discover earth running, cycling, hiking, swimming, and sometimes climbing.

Essentially, I'm driven by little more than a bunch of questions - about the world, about myself, and about what I can do to make better versions of both. I don't want the easy answers, but the solid ones. I've learned to trust nothing but logic, math, and good data in guiding me beyond the lamp post. And to give reason to leaps of faith when the light beam once again ceases at the boundary of the comfort zone. Ergo, quaerō (I ask), petō (I seek), experior (I try). Latin mantras just sound fancier.


Well, I guess Deane, Rob and Joachim are responsible for sparking my interest in science and technology (especially anything that moves), Baseball for my affinity to numbers, and the Dierke International Atlas for my economics bent. However, lacking academic background, it took the first three decades of my life to convince myself that I'm not too goofy to graduate, get a decent PhD, and actually become a scientist. I've eventually chosen economics because it's where everything is coming together - nature, technology and society - and because it offers an intellectual toolbox that helps to think fascinatingly clear about all kinds of things. Learn more about my educational background here.

I feel that it is my duty to leverage my good fortune of being born into a loving working-middle-class family in one of the most peaceful, free and wealthy places on earth to help tackle the great common challenges of our time. I think that my economics is not wasted in a humble effort of furthering our knowledge about resolving the climate emergency, preserving our beautiful planet, and pathing the way towards a sustainable future. I also believe that this knowledge should be free to everyone (especially students), which is why I am trying so survive in public academia and am supporting the open science movement. Learn more about my work here

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On the way, I've also learned the painful way that the Taoist concept of 陰陽 (yin and yang) has a point - in terms of a heuristic, esotheric fuss aside - especially that a healthy mind needs a healthy body to live in. I found solutions in 2015. Retrospectively, they appear so obvious. I must be outdoors a lot. I must be active a lot. Not thinking, just being. Running, cycling, swimming, and hiking are now my approaches to meditation, a well of insight about myself, and an invaluable source of motivation, self-efficacy and resilience. Sure, a bit of ambition and number-crunching is in there as well. Learn more here.