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I am an Associate Senior Lecturer (Biträdande Lektor) in Environmental Politics at the Political Science Department in Lund. My position is co-financed by the strategic research area Biodiversity and Ecosystems in a Changing Climate where I am principal investigator and deputy theme leader of the biodiversity theme.

As a Post-Doc at the Center for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC), Lund University, I worked on insurance values of soil biodiversity.

For my doctoral thesis at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, I have conducted econometric analyses to infer effects of ecological fiscal transfers on protected area development in Brazil and Portugal. From these empirical studies I have developed policy advice, e.g. for an ecological public finance design of EU funds. I hold a Master in Sustainability Economics (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (Uni Bremen).

I want to understand how environmental policies can help societies transition towards a sustainable land use. Empirically, I employ micro-econometric techniques such as:

  • panel data analysis for a non-simultaneous self-selection into treatment of implementing ecological fiscal transfers in Brazil;
  • Bayesian structural time series analysis, simulating a counterfactual time series for fiscal transfer policy changes in Portugal; or
  • regression trees and random forest models for obtaining characteristics of potential beneficiaries of a EU wide ecological allocative mechanism of EU funds;
  • multilevel models for long-term agricultural experiments

I also employ machine-learning approaches such as content-analysis through (structural) topic models.

For current versions of the respective papers see publications.