British Academy Small Grant

I was awarded funding under the British Academy/ Leverhulme Small Grant scheme in the amount of £7,813 for my project on “The Effectiveness of Carbon Markets in Europe, 2005-2012.” Here is the project’s executive summary:

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we currently face. While we have seen some progress internationally, fighting climate change requires effective, domestic policies. Carbon markets, an often used policy to curb CO2 emissions,charge polluters a price as they emit carbon into the atmosphere. Promising in theory, there is a dearth of policy evaluations showing that carbon markets do indeed reduce CO2 emissions. This project provides the first empirically rigorous assessment of European carbon markets, 2005-2012—one of the most ambitious climate policies to date. For this, I compile an original EU-wide emissions dataset at the sector level and introduce a statistical method that helps distinguish between emission reductions due to the policy itself and other trends in the data, e.g. lower economic activity. Given the worldwide growth of carbon markets as the primary policy to fight climate change, including the planned nationwide rollout in China, project results will be of great interest to academics, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the UK, Europe, and beyond.

John V. Krutilla Research Stipend

Together with Alexander Ovodenko (WashU), I was awarded this year’s 2015/16 John V. Krutilla Research Stipend. The prize is awarded to young researchers for projects related to environmental and resource economics; it is sponsored by Resources for the Future, the first think tank in the country devoted exclusively to natural resource and environmental issues, and comes with a prize money of US$ 5,500. Alex and I will use this money for our project on shale gas politics in the US. The official press release is here.

DAAD Postdoc Fellowship Granted

Today, I received note that my application for a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship was successful. The fellowship will be granted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and is used to fund my research on the strategic interaction of governments and firms in contexts of international cooperation. I will conduct this research at Washington University in St. Louis, USA.

Lorenz von Stein Prize Awarded

Each year, the Lorenz-von-Stein Gesellschaft honors the best dissertation in the social sciences (political science, sociology, and social psychology) at the University of Mannheim. I am more than pleased to announce that this year’s Lorenz-von-Stein prize was awarded to me for my dissertation on international cooperation on climate change. Please find the University’s press release (in German) here.

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