Sebastian Rausch is Full Professor of Economics (with a focus on environmental, energy and resource economics) at the University of Heidelberg and Head of the Research Department "Environmental and Climate Economics" at the ZEW-Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research. He is also Co-Director of the Research Center for Environmental Economics (RCEE) at the University of Heidelberg, a research associate at the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE),the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Mannheim Institute for Sustainable Energy Studies (MISES). He also is a member of the German Economic Association's Committee of Environmental and Resource Economists.
Before joining ZEW and the University of Heidelberg, he was Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich and director of the U.S. Regional Energy & Environment Modeling Project at MIT, after working as a Research Scientist and Postdoctoral Associate with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the MIT Energy Initiative. Rausch graduated from the University of Bonn with a MSc in Economics. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics (with highest distinction, summa cum laude) from the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics and the University of Duisburg-Essen. He obtained a Ph.D. fellowship from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation and was awarded a science prize for his PhD work.
Rausch’s research focuses on understanding the role of public policy in confronting the coupled challenges of future energy, climate, technology, and economic well-being. His research combines tools from economic analysis and empirical quantitative methods to inform problems of energy system governance and the management of climate change, including the impact assessment and design of energy and climate policy, issues of the scale of new energy systems, and models of integrated economy-energy systems. His research focuses on applied microeconomics, public economics, energy and environmental economics, and computational economics.