Disciplines: ecological economics, environmental and resource economics, economics of water resources, sustainability science, environmental science; interdisciplinary co-operation with hydrologists, ecologists, lawyers, philosophers etc.
Themes: theory and methods of decision support, multicriteria analysis, benefit-cost analysis, theories at the interface of economics and ecology, uncertainty and ignorance, transdisciplinarity
Fields of application: environmental and sustainability politics, EU-Water Framework Directive, integrated river basin management, sustainable development, nature protection, planning, technology assessment
Honorary Professor for Sustainability and Water Resources Management, University of Leipzig
2007 - 2018
Speaker of the working group "Social-science Water Research"
2004 - 2007
Speaker of the working group "Integrated Assessment and Decision Support"
2002 - 2004
Speaker of the working group "River Basin Management"
Senior scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research − UFZ, Department of Economics
Promotion to doctor of economics. Title of thesis: Sustainability and Valuation of Nature − How Could the Economic Concept of Prices Contribute to Operationalising Sustainability? Supervision by Prof. Dr. Malte Faber, Heidelberg.
1992 - 1997
Doctoral student and teaching assistant at the University of Heidelberg − Alfred Weber Institute for Social Sciences
1989 - 1990
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY/USA: study abroad with an exchange scholarship
1985 - 1992
University of Heidelberg/Germany: Study of mathematics minoring economics and physics; Title: Diplom-Mathematiker (equivalent to master of science)