Research concept

The research program of the professorship is the analysis of environment-related economic issues.

Publications & media

Recent projects

Information on current research projects can be found in this section.

Research at the UFZ

Most of the Research activities are conducted at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ in Leipzig, where the professor is also the deputy head of the Department of Economics.

Scientists at the UFZ investigate the causes and impacts of changes to the environment. They conduct research on water resources, biodiversity, the impacts of climate change and adaptation to it, environmental and bio-technologies, bioenergy, the effect of chemicals in the environment and their impacts on human health but also develop models and carry out social science research. Their guiding principle is: Our research supports the sustainable use of natural resources and helps to ensure that this natural resource base is used in a sustainable manner under the influence of global change. The UFZ has approx. 1000 employees in Leipzig, Halle/S. and Magdeburg. It is funded by the German federal government as well as the Federal states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.

The Department of Economics at the UFZ works in interdisciplinary cooperation with other social and natural science departments on the economic aspects of complex environmental problems in the fields of water, climate, energy and nature conservation/biodiversity. It belongs to the research unit of Social Sciences and is one of the departments of the UFZ with the highest third-party funding.

The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges facing society, science and the economy with top scientific achievements in six research areas: Energy, Earth and the Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Structure of Matter, Transport and Space. With more than 30,000 employees in 17 research centres and an annual budget of approximately 3.0 billion Euros, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation. Its work follows in the tradition of the great natural scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894).

An overview of current research issues at the UFZ is provided in the newsletter UmweltPerspektiven.

In the Web Blog "Umweltforsch... ung!" social and natural scientists write about the interactions between humans and nature under the influence of global change. At the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, they - together with more than 1000 colleagues - are looking for solutions to manage complex environmental systems for the better and to overcome environmental problems. They collaborate in an interdisciplinary manner and are thus often cross-border commuter between the social and natural science worlds.

The UFZ library can be used as a library specialized in environmental sciences and can be consulted via WEBOPAC.