Background and activities
My research lies in the intersection of econometrics, inter-industry and regional economics, with a strong focus on interdisciplinary applications to questions of sustainable development. My research interest is characterized, on the one hand, by further developing quantitative methods (especially Information Theory and Maximum Entropy Econometrics) and, on the other hand, using these methods to draw conclusions of high policy relevance from wide variety of data from the micro (e.g. household surveys) to the macro level (e.g. global supply chain data). At Industrial Ecology Programme, I work on the Footprints 2.0 project with Francesca Verones (ecosystems and bioresources) , Daniel Moran and Richard Wood (sustainable production and consumption). My responsibility is to link environmental earth observation data with global supply chain databases through information theoretic models, with a main focus on land-use changes and agricultural production.
After I completed my studies in Economics at University of Osnabrück in 2011, I worked as a PhD researcher at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research at Froschungszentrum Jülich until 2016. My PhD thesis was supervised at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In my PhD research I developed methodologies for estimating commodity flows under limited information and constructed a Multiregional Input-Output (MRIO) table for Germany's 16 federal states, which . In 2013, I stayed two month as a guest researcher at the Centre for Integrated Sustainability Analysis, School of Physics University of Sydney, Australia. I used the MRIO to assess the regional economic impacts of natural disasters, as well as the regional and social distributive effects of the German energy policy.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2018) Carbon footprints of 13,000 cities. Environmental Research Letters. vol. 13 (6).
- (2018) A maximum entropy approach to the estimation of spatially and sectorally disaggregated electricity load curves. Applied Energy. vol. 225.
- (2018) A novel maximum entropy approach to hybrid monetary-physical supply-chain modelling and its application to biodiversity impacts of palm oil embodied in consumption. Environmental Research Letters. vol. 13 (11).
- (2018) Implementing exogenous scenarios in a global MRIO model for the estimation of future environmental footprints. Journal of Economic Structures. vol. 7 (20).
- (2017) Integrated assessment of a phase-out of coal-fired power plants in Germany. Energy. vol. 126.
- (2017) Wider economic impacts of heavy flooding in Germany: a non-linear programming approach. Spatial Economic Analysis.
- (2017) On the simultaneous estimation of physical and monetary commodity flows. Economic Systems Research. vol. 29 (1).
- (2017) Regional net impacts and social distribution effects of promoting renewable energies in Germany. Ecological Economics. vol. 135.