Academic vita

Johannes works in academia since he graduated in 2018, doing empirical and theoretical research on environmental behavior and governance. He is focally interested in two questions: What instruments are suitable for a given public policy goal, and do they eventually work as intended? Where central authority is infeasible or handicapped, what motivations and social arrangements lead people to act pro-environmentally or pro-socially (at private cost) anyway? The latter question is intimately related to Johannes' deeper interest is in how people manage to cooperate and maintain mutual trust in spite of self-interested temptations not to. 


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

  • the Managing Global Governance Academy (MGGA) by the German Development Institute (DIE/GDI) in Bonn (2007),
  • the Institutional and Organizational Economics Academy (IOEA) by the Université Paris Nanterre (2010), 
  • the Empirical Implication of Theoretical Models Summer Institute (EITM) by the Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Mannheim (2010),
  • the Santander International Summer School Frontiers in Neuroeconomics in Heidelberg (2010),
  • and the Barcelona Microeconometrics Summer School (BMiSS) at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (2014). 

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

  • University of Heidelberg's Alfred-Weber-Institute for Economics and Research Centre of Environmental Economics (2008-2013),
  • the University of Vienna's Department of Economics and Center of Experimental Economics (2012),
  • the University of Birmingham's Department of Economics (2018), 
  • the University of Hamburg's Department of Socioeconomics (2013-2019),
  • the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology's International Max-Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (2019),

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.