Former Team Members

Dr. Katja Sigel

Thematic Area Environment and Society
Department of Economics
Working Group Social-science Water Research

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

Dr. Katja Sigel

Areas of Expertise and Research

Socioeconomic research on sustainability in the water sector with particular focus on

  • Integrated water resources management, implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive
  • Analysis of water use and sanitation in emerging and developing countries (Mongolia, Jordan)
  • Economic valuation of water resources and water services
  • Analysis of the political and institutional framework conditions for the implementation of sustainable water infrastructure systems
  • Concepts and methods for participatory planning
  • Environmental decision-making under uncertainty and ignorance
  • Transdisciplinary research

Curriculum Vitae

2007 - 2017

Researcher, Department of Economics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig (Germany)


Dr. rer. nat. (equiv. Ph.D. in Natural Sciences), University of Osnabrück (Germany), thesis: “Environmental problems and uncertainty – A conceptual and empirical analysis using the example of the European Water Framework Directive”


Visiting Researcher, Finnish Environment Institute Syke, Department of Water Management, Helsinki (Finland)

2003 - 2007

Ph.D. student, Department of Economics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig (Germany), and University of Osnabrück (Germany)

1999 - 2002

Academic Assistant, Bavarian Ministry for Regional Development and Environmental Affairs, State Office for Water Management, Hof (Germany)

1993 - 1999

Studies in Geoecology at the University of Bayreuth (Degree: Dipl.-Geoökol., Master of Science equivalent), diploma thesis: “Analysis of the correlation between road salt input and aluminum output in a drinking-water catchment on base-poor sandstone”


Deutsche Hydrologische Gesellschaft e.V.
(deputy speaker of the working group „Integriertes Wasserressourcenmanagement unter Wasserknappheit“)

Teaching experience

Lecturer, Institute of Geography, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (since 2015)


Recent Publications

Klauer, B., Sigel, K., Schiller, J. (2016): Disproportionate Costs in the EU Water Framework Directive – How to justify less stringent environmental objectives. Environmental Science & Policy 59, 10-17.

Sigel, K., Klauer, B., Schiller, J. (2015): Begründung „weniger strenger Umweltziele“ nach EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie mit unverhältnismäßigen Kosten – ein Verfahrensvorschlag. KW – Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft, Heft Nr. 12, S. 268-774.

Klassert, C., Sigel, K., Gawel, E., Klauer, B. (2015): Modeling Residential Water Consumption in Amman: The Role of Intermittency, Storage, and Pricing for Piped and Tanker Water. water 7 (7), 3643-3670.