I am an environmental economist at UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany. My research focus is on the economic analysis of agri-environmental policy instruments. In particular, I look at the effectiveness and efficiency of various designs of agri-environmental payment schemes. In this context, I am interested in the emerging landscape-level patterns given realistic descriptions of farmers’ behaviour and institutional settings. Much of my work has been conceptual and qualitative, but I have recently expanded my tool box to include agent-based modelling and, to a more limited extent, choice experiments.
I did my PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) in environmental economics at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in 2017. The topic of my PhD was the economic valuation of biodiversity, with a special focus on deliberative monetary valuation. Between the topic of my PhD and my current focus, I have rather diverse research interests and have also worked and published on ecosystem service trade-offs, ecosystem services & property rights, farmers’ behavioural characteristics, governance and ethics of genome-edited food, growth imperatives and the democratic deficits in the degrowth debate. Check out my publication list and the Research tab for more information and detail.
While working at a research-only centre, I have some teaching experience, including a course on conservation economics (Naturschutzökonomik) that I have been giving at the Hochschule Anhalt in Bernburg since 2017.
Before discovering economics I did my bachelor’s in cultural studies (focus on Russia and ex-Yugoslavia). I am married and father of two. In my free time I enjoy drinking tea, listening to jazz, reading (philosophy, SF and fantasy) and watching arthouse films.