I was born and raised in Germany. I received my Ph.D. in Ecological Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute under the guidance of Professor John Gowdy. After I finished my Ph.D. I worked as a consultant for project funded by UNEP on the evaluation of the economics, cultural, and ecosystem values of the Sudd, a large wetland in South Sudan. Here is a blog entry about the project on the Evolution Institute website. Now I am working as a Postdoc at the Chair for Governance in International Agribusiness, Technical University of Munich.
I have spent much of my research and professional work on the analysis and solution to risks and uncertainties. I have conducted research ranging from risk behaviour on the individual level to the macroeconomic evaluation of different development paths for a country like South Sudan. Currently I am working on climate change perception, impact, and adaption in the agribusiness sector in different countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
I am interested in behavioral economics, ecological economics, and environmental macroeconomics. I conduct my research with an all-encompassing view through an interdisciplinary approach as I believe that economics needs to broaden valuation techniques to take into account findings from other social, behavioral, and natural sciences.