Benutzerspezifische Werkzeuge

The Environment and Natural Resources

Research activities in the research area “The Environment and Natural Resources” focus on the allocation of environmental and natural resources. We investigate the factors influencing the increasing scarcity of natural resources. Moreover, we assess their impact on the allocation of production factors and on the changes they bring to the world economy. We evaluate international and national aspects of environmental policy measures and make proposals for rational and efficient use of environmental policy instruments. Traditionally, there is a strong focus on climate change and climate policy. The current research and policy advice themes are the following:


International Climate Policy


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International Climate Policy

Emissions of greenhouse gases affect the climate causing changes in the Earth’s temperature, precipitation patterns, extreme weather events, and rising sea levels. International and national climate policies aim at reducing anthropogenic emissions, and thereby climate change. We analyze relevant climate and energy policies with respect to their effectiveness, efficiency, and distributional consequences.

Bioenergy and Land Use

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Bioenergy and Land Use

The economic valuation and analysis of bioenergy is a focus in the research area already for some years. In this context, land use competition, for example, with food production is gaining importance.  Moreover, we have started a new project on "land-grabbing" in July 2010, which deals with large scale foreign land acquisitions in Africa and their impact on the local population.

Valuing nature’s services

Valuing nature`s services

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In many cases society ignores that nature’s services are particularly worthy of protection. This in turn implies that the trade-offs between the use of the goods and services provided by nature and their preservation is not always taken sufficiently into account. The objective of this research theme is to investigate people’s attitudes towards and preferences for nature’s services and further to elicit comprehensive values.

Valuing the Ocean

Valuing the Ocean

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The oceans play a central role in the earth's climate system. Yet, management options regarding the marine carbon cycle are rare in the economic analysis of climate change. The research area is concerned with this broad topic as part of the interdisciplinary Kiel Excellence Cluster "Future Ocean". It involves cooperation with the University of Kiel and with IFM-GEOMAR.

The Kiel Earth Institute (KEI)

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The Kiel Earth Institute (KEI) is an initiative of the Leibniz Institute for Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) and the Kiel Institute. The KEI is a virtual research institution concerned with key issues of global change and its ecological and socio-economic consequences. Globalisation of economic activities, the scarcity of natural resources and a changing environment are challenges all modern societies have to face. The KEI aims to develop practical solutions addressing these challenges and communicating them to society.


Studing Environmental Economics at the University of Kiel

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Courses: Environmental Economics; Environment, Development and Sustainability; Environmental Valuation. 

Courses: Resource Economics, Urban Economics, Theories of Distributive Justice. 

Courses: Environmental Economics.


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