Stefanie Engel

Environmental economics

Stefanie Engel is one of the world’s leading researchers in environmental economics, particularly in the field of the economics of ecosystems services. She investigates how individuals and groups treat their environment and natural resources, how their behaviour is influenced and how it can be controlled. To this end, she employs a broad spectrum of methods deriving, for example, from behavioural economics or game theory. At Osnabrück University, Stefanie Engel could invigorate the interdisciplinary Institute of Environmental Systems Research and help to guide the focus on “Governance of sustainable socio-ecological systems” to the international forefront. Stefanie Engel is a member of the Research Committee on Environmental and Development Economics of the “Verein für Socialpolitik”, the largest association of economists in the German-speaking world. She was also a member of the Task Force on Environmental Economics which is part of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue headed by Nobel economics laureate, Joseph E. Stiglitz.

Nominating University: Osnabrück University

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Engel

born in 1968. She took her doctorate at the University of Maryland (USA) in 1999, having previously been engaged in research and teaching at the Universidad de Los Andes and Fedesarrollo (Fundación para la Educación Superior y el Desarrollo), an economic and social research think-tank, also in Bogotá, Colombia, from 1997-1999. She subsequently continued her research at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn, from 2000 to 2005, where she headed a Junior Research Group on “Institutions for the Management of Natural Resources in Developing Countries,” financed by the Robert Bosch Foundation; from 2002, she led the “Natural Resources” working group. She gained her Habilitation from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Bonn in 2005. Since 2006 she was a professor of Environmental Policy and Economics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland. Stefanie Engel is a member of the Research Committee on Environmental and Development Economics of the “Verein für Socialpolitik”, the largest association of economists in the German-speaking world, and of the Task Force on Environmental Economics which is part of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue headed by Nobel economics laureate, Joseph E. Stiglitz. In October 2014 she became Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Environmental Economics at Osnabrück University.