Johannes is holding a master's degree (Dipl.-Vw., 2008) and a summa cum laude doctorate (Dr. rer. pol., 2013) in economics from the University of Heidelberg under a joint framework with the University of Mannheim, complemented with special qualifications from
He is currently completing the formalities of a venia legendi in economics at the University of Hamburg.
Johannes views education as an end in itself and as a cradle to grave process. Besides economics he enjoys to learn autodidactively about logic and mathematics, psychology and neuroscience, engineering and technology, physiology and medicine, and history.
Before taking his current position at the University of Hamburg's Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability, he did research and teaching at the
and had a visiting professorship in applied microeconomics at the University of Oldenburg's Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law (2018).
He was fellow at two interdisciplinary projects under the German Ministry of Research and Education's Economics for Sustainability Strategy (2008-2013), and is currently a fellow at the interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS) and co-principal investigator of a interdisciplinary joint project on social change processes proposed to the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Alongside, Johannes collected a total worth of more than €75k through several competitive grants and stipends. All his positions and activities have been funded by public agencies and politically neutral non-profit organizations, as Johannes stresses scientific integrity and independence, and supports the cause of the Open Science Movement.