PD Dr. habil. Irene Ring

Deputy Head, Department of Economics

Division of Social Sciences
Department of Economics
Working Group Nature Conservation and Biodiversity
Working Group Governance & Institutions

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research – UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1741
Fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 45 1741

PD Dr. Irene Ring

Dr. Irene Ring

Curriculum Vitae


Habilitation at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Leipzig on "Economic Instruments for Conservation Policies in Federal Systems"

2009 to date

Lecturer at the University of Bayreuth

WS 2008/09

Visiting Professor for "Ecological Services" at Bayreuth University, Master Programme Global Change Ecology, Elite Network of Bavaria

2004 to date

Deputy Head, Department of Economics

2002 - 2015

Head of the Working Group "Conservation of Nature and Biodiversity"


Guest researcher at CSERGE, University of East Anglia, UK,
Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., USA

1994 to date

Lecturer at Leipzig University

1992 to date

Researcher, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig


Ph.D. in Economics, University of Bayreuth

1989 - 1992

Ph.D. student at the Institute for European Environmental Policy, Bonn, Germany

1983 - 1989

Studies in Geoecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Bayreuth, Germany and the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

1981 - 1983

Industrial apprenticeship at Siemens AG, Munich, Germany

Current Projects

→ Integration approach to financing biodiversity: Evaluation of results and analysis of options for the future

Memberships and committees

2015 to date

Editor of the Journal
Ecological Economics

2015 to date

Member of the Scientific Board of the
Progressive Economy Initiative

2012 to date

Subject editor of the journal
Nature Conservation

2010 to date

2005 - 2014

National Scientific Committee of DIVERSITAS Germany

2000 - 2008

Committee on Sciences of the
German UNESCO-Commission

1996 to date

Teaching Experiences

Lectures and seminars at Bayreuth University

  • The Economics of Global Environmental Change
  • Ecological Services
  • Socio-economic Drivers
  • Environmental Economics/Biodiversity Economics
  • The Economics of Climate Change

Lectures and seminars at the University of Leipzig

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Governance
  • Public Finances
  • Financing Public Ecological Functions
  • Economics of Nature Conservation
  • Economic Instruments in Environmental Policy
  • Emissions Trading
  • Sustainable Development

Interdisciplinary lecture at Leipzig University in 2000 on

  • Natural Resources Conservation and Economic Development

Guest lectures since 1994 on various topics at New University of Lisbon, Portugal, CSERGE, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y. and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA, Leipzig University, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Braunschweig University