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Research Group International Climate Policy and Economics

Head of Research Group

The International Climate Policy & Economics group has gained national and international recognition for its expertise in energy and climate policy evaluation and instrument design. The group is strongly involved in international research networks and uses qualitative and quantitative methods from economics and the social sciences to develop climate policy strategies for business and public administration. A key focus of the research group is to develop these analysis tools beyond the state of the art. Our range of services includes:

  • Macroeconomic Analysis: We analyse the economic effects of climate and environmental policy instruments on regions, economic sectors and actors. We also investigate the impact of climate change itself on the economy as a whole and the effects of different adaptation options. These analyses are based on macro-economic models such as multi-regional input-output modelling and general equilibrium theory.
  • Policy Evaluation: We analyse policy instruments in terms of their suitability to achieve climate policy objectives. Socio-economic contexts and psychological drivers are taken into account to map structural and individual capabilities against policy targets. Applied methods range from large-scale surveys, expert consultation to integrative systems analysis.
  • Policy Design: We improve existing instruments and develop new ones. This includes the development of new business models for the implementation of low-CO2 technologies and energy systems such as community-based photovoltaics, e-automobiles and e-bikes or interventions for household energy saving in cooperation with stakeholders.


  • STORY 2015-2020 (Horizon 2020)
    STORY is a European project researching new energy storage technologies and their benefits in distribution systems
  • ECHOES 2016-2019 (Horizon 2020)
    ECHOES is a multi-disciplinary research project providing policy makers with comprehensive information, data, and policy-ready recommendations about the successful implementation of the Energy Union and SET plan.
  • CATCH 2015-2017 (Austrian Energy and Climate fund)
    The project CATCH provides a comprehensive evaluation how energy efficiency technologies and policies impact private energy consumption, private welfare, the economy and the environment.