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
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)