Background and activities

Kirsten Svenja Wiebe has joined NTNU's Industrial Ecology Programme as a researcher in the Sustainable Consumption and Production group in August 2016. She is a member of the scientific council of the International Input-Output Association since 2015. In her work she focusses on dynamic input-output modelling and applying multi-regional input-output modelling in the context of climate change mitigation and and the analysis of environmental and economic impacts of human activities, industrial production and technological change. She was invited to present her research on crossborder effects of climate change mitigation at the 48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies in Bonn in May 2018.  And her scenario work was a major contribution to the ILO's World Employment Social Outlook 2018: Greening with jobs.

She is the Scientific Chair of the 26th International Input-Output Conference to be held June 25-29, 2018, in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.

In 2015, she was awarded the Leontief Memorial Prize for the best conference paper by young authors at the IIOA Conference in Mexico City, for the article The impact of renewable energy diffusion on European consumption-based emissions.

From 2015 - 2016 she was part of the team working on OECD's inter-country input-output table (OECD-WTO project on Trade in Value Added) and its environmental extensions at the OECD, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (

Between December 2012 and February 2013 she spent three months at the Centre for Integrated Sustainability Analysis, School of Physics, University of Sydney, funded by the DAAD Postdoc Fellowship programme, working on the theoretical base of the multi-regional input-output model GRAM. This resulted in the publication To RAS or not to RAS? What is the difference in outcomes in multi-regional input–output models?.

She has been working as a researcher at GWSmbh (, in Osnabrueck, Germany, from 2007 to 2014, focussing on global economic modelling (different projects with the GINFORS model), environmental and resource economics (Global Resource Accounting Model - GRAM), and sustainable development. Next to her work at GWSmbH, she also participated in the PhD Programme in Economics and Policy Studies of Technical Change at the United Nations University Institute UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, the Netherlands. In June 2012, she successfully defended her dissertation on “Quantitative assessment of sustainable development and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

She holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Econometrics and Operations Research from Maastricht University. During her semester in Sweden at Handelhögskolan vid Göteborgs Universitet she focussed on international and environmental economics. In 2006, she spent several months working as a volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


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