I am an economist with a focus on environmental, resource, and climate economics. My interest is in understanding voluntary, information-based, and regulatory approaches in resource management, environmental conservation, and climate action, and more generally the conditions and processes (both intra-personal and inter-personal) that underlay behavior in collective action problems, whose resolution requires cooperation and coordination among many people.
The organizing paradigm of my reasoning and research is a synthesis of mathematical microeconomics, institutional economics, and behavioral economics. Methodologically, I predominantly resort to formal modeling, laboratory and field experiments, and microeconometric data analysis, but usually work in teams with complementary expertise.
Currently, I'm a research associate at the University of Hamburg Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN), and a fellow at DFG Custer of Excellence Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS). Prior to that I spent a decade on several other academic positions in Heidelberg, Vienna, Hamburg, Birmingham and Oldenburg. Along the way, I have been doing research on inter alia environmental criminal law, regulatory enforcement, environmental information law, emissions trading, renewables deployment, integrated energy/sector coupling, overlapping regulatory instruments, as well as the role of honesty, morality, trust, and information in environmentally relevant decision-making. I am now striving for tenure.
I've received a summa cum laude docatorate (Dr. rer. pol.) in economics from the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg in 2013. On the way, I joined courses from several internationally renown institutions, and specialized in applied microeconomics, experimental economics, and microeconometrics. Special interest in environmental issues developed around 2006. Later, after absorbing Elinor Ostrom's Governing the Commons, Sam Bowles' Microeconomics, and Herb Gintis' Bounds of Reason, my synthetic paradigm decribed above took shape.
I am a scientist to the bone, constantly questioning my own and common sense beliefs, and demanding the highest standards of scientific quality and integrity from my work. And I'm pursuing recognition for that in the global scientific community. My work has been published in leading journals in the relevant fields, and presented at major economics and social science conferences around the world. I am also attaching great importance to the transfer of findings into relevant areas of public policy and management, am reaching out to the general public, and am engaged with the open science movement.
Public research is not possible without fundraising. I have collected a total of more than €65 thousand of grants and fellowships in Austria (Österreichische Nationalbank), Germany (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Deutsche Bundesbank, Thyssen Stiftung, Verein für Socialpolitik), the UK (Birmingham Business School), and the USA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Center for Open Science).
Public research is also not possible without volunteering. I've been reviewing the work of peers for several journals in economics and environmental science, and organized workshops and conference sessions.
Last but not least, I am enjoying to bring economics to the next generation, and am hoping to spark and nourish excitement for this fascinating discipline of science. I have developed and taught dozens of courses in pure and applied economics from the undergraduate through the post-graduate level, and supervised more than a dozen thesis projects. I also collaborated with education scientists to learn from their intriguing wealth of didactic methods.