Team

Prof. Gernot Klepper, Ph.D.

Prof. Gernot Klepper, Ph.D.

Gernot Klepper is a Senior Researcher at the Kiel Institute (IfW). He has been for many years Head of the Research Area “The Environment and Natural Resources” at the IfW and Speaker of the Kiel Earth Institute. An economist by training (University of Heidelberg), he received a Ph.D. in Agricultural  Economics (University of Kentucky, USA). His research interests center on climate mitigation with a focus on modeling and analyzing the impact of climate policy instruments. Especially, the role of natural resources such as land and water in the climate system and their contribution to climate change as well as mitigation are among his research topics.

He has coordinated the first phase of the Dialogue on the Economics of Climate Change under the BMBF funding measure Economics of Climate Change. Previously, he was Chairman of the National Committee on Global Change Research of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and a research fellow of the CEPR. Currently, he is Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Chairman of the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Association (ISCC e.V.), Co-chair of the German Climate Consortium (DKK), among others.

Dr. Christine Merk

Christine Merk - Institut für Weltwirtschaft (IfW) / Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Christine Merk is a senior researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in the research areas The Environment and Natural Resources and Social and Behavioral Approaches to Global Problems. Since 2019 she has also been part of the coordination team of the Dialogue on the Economics of Climate Change where she mainly contributes to shaping the Dialogue’s thematic concept.

In her research, she looks at laypersons’ acceptance of climate action, CCS, negative emission technologies, and solar radiation management; a particular interest is the occurrence of moral-hazard behavior in individuals. She conducts revealed-preference experiments integrating concepts from the psychology of risk perception to learn more about individuals’ perceptions of and reactions to climate engineering. In May 2018 she was a visiting scholar at Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program. Furthermore, she researches the effects of nudging interventions on climate-friendly meal choices in field experiments. More about Christine's research

Her background is in policy analysis and administration science (University of Konstanz and Rutgers University), and she holds a PhD (2016) in Economics from Kiel University.

Franziska Weeger

Franziska Weeger

As project manager Franziska Weeger supports the coordination of the Dialogue on the Economics of Climate Change.

She studied International Business and Technology (B.Eng.) at the University of Applied Sciences in Nuremberg. Since 2016 she is completing her Master Studies in Sustainability, Society and the Environment as well as Practical Philosophy of the Economy and the Environment at Kiel University.

Before joining the team she worked in the department Economic Geography at Kiel University and interned at the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in South Korea. In 2014 she coordinated a Hospital Waste Management Project in Banjhakateri,  Nepal for the NGO Technology without Borders.