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 Center “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), Co-chair of the German Climate Consortium (DKK) and a research fellow of the CEPR. Currently, he is Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and Chairman of the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Association (ISCC e.V.), among others.

Dr. Lena-Katharina Bednarz

Dr. Lena-Katharina Bednarz

Lena-K. Bednarz is a research associate at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) Research Center “The Environment and Natural Resources“. Alongside Gernot Klepper, she coordinated the first phase of the Dialogue on the Economics of Climate Change from 2014 to 2018. Back from her parental leave since early 2020, she contributes to shaping the thematic concept and the practical coordination in the second phase of the dialogue.

She came to Kiel after finishing her degree in economics at the University of Göttingen. She was research assistant, PhD student and coordinator of bachelor´s and master´s programs at the Department of Economics of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences. In 2013, she completed her PhD thesis in the field of resource economics and has been working at the Kiel Institute ever since.

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 Center “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.

Jana Wilkening

Jana Wilkening

Jana Wilkening joined the Dialogue on the Economics of Climate Change in March 2019 as a research assistant. She helps the team with the preparation of climate economics events, research tasks and website maintenance.

She holds a bachelor's degree in economics and politics and is now studying in the master's degree Sustainability, Society and the Environment at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.

Previously, she worked for PerLe at the University of Kiel, leading seminars on sustainability and organizing events on social sustainability issues in the Social Challenge Encounters project. As co-founder of the project Wellenschlagen, she works in the field of sustainable university development and education for sustainable development. 

Defne Akin

Defne Akin

Defne Akin supports the project team as a student assistent in event management since October 2019.

She studies sociology and german philology in her bachelors at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel. In the course of her previous occupation in the publishing industry, she gained experience in public relations and communication of knowledge. She is particularly interested in the field of science communication and its application on the topics sustainability and climate protection.