Main research interests
- Climate Engineering
- Nudging Sustainable Consumption
- Dialogue on Climate Change Economics
Christine Merk is a postdoctoral researcher in the research areas The Environment and Natural Resources and Social and Behavioral Approaches to Global Problems. One of her main research interests are individuals’ trade-offs between mitigation and climate engineering technologies. She conducts economic experiments integrating concepts from the psychology of risk perception to learn more about individuals’ perceptions of and reactions to climate engineering. This research is part of the project Trade-offs between Mitigation and Climate Engineering that is part of the German Research Foundation's Priority Programme 1689 Climate Engineering. She also explores perceptions of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) together with partners from the Norwegian Research Center (NORCE) in the joint project PerCCSeptions. In May 2018 she was a visiting scholar at Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program.
Furthermore, she researches the effects of nudging interventions on climate-friendly meal choices in field experiments. The project Instruments to Promote Climate-Friendly Diets brings together environmental and behavioural economists with consumer psychologists and university canteens.
Since 2019 she also part of the coordination team of the Dialogue on the Economics of Climate Change which was initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to stimulate the exchange between climate economists and societal stakeholders about climate change. Already since 2015 she has been an expert for the Young Economic Summit, YES!, where she enjoys discussing with students about how to make the world a more sustainable place.
Her background is in policy analysis and administration science (University of Konstanz and Rutgers University), and she holds a PhD in Economics from Kiel University.