Reinhard Madlener

Reinhard Madlener

Institute of Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior

+49 241 80 49820

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Reinhard MAdlener is Institute leader of the Institute for Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior at the RWTH Aachen University

Reinhard Madlener was born in 1964 in Dornbirn, Austria. He studied commerce and finance as well as paedagogics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU Wien) and then also economics at the Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna (IHS). He received his doctoral degree from WU Wien in the economics and social sciences (Dr. rer. soc. oec.), specializing in general economics, environmental economics, and statistics. Before taking up his position at RWTH Aachen University in 2007, he was the managing director of the Institute for Advanced Studies Carinthia (1999-2000), assistant professor at the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE), ETH Zurich (2001-2007), lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Zurich (as of 2003), and senior researcher at the German Institute of Economic Research / DIW Berlin (2007). Among others, he was a visiting fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), and the University of Warwick (Coventry, UK). Reinhard Madlener is one of five full professors at the E.ON Energy Research Center (E.ON ERC), established at RWTH Aachen University at the end of 2006, and is the director of the Institute for Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN), founded by himself in June 2007. He has conducted numerous (international) research projects with industrial participation. From December 2010 to April 2014, Reinhard Madlener was the RWTH director of JARA Energy, and since May 2014 he has been the vice director.

Research Interests

  • Energy economics, energy management, energy policy-making
  • Energy consumer needs and behaviour, structural change in energy systems
  • Economics of technical change / technology adoption, diffusion and transfer
  • Investment & financing under uncertainty, risk management and portfolio optimization (energy issues)
  • Quantitative modelling and analysis / empirical and experimental economics