ZEW Economist Kathrine von Graevenitz Takes Over Professorship for Environmental Economics at the University of Mannheim


ZEW Economist Kathrine von Graevenitz focuses on the research fields of environmental economics and applied econometrics, in which she has already successfully positioned herself on the international stage.

Professor Kathrine von Graevenitz has taken up the professorship of economics with a focus on empirical environmental economics at the University of Mannheim on 1 October 2021. The appointment of the economist and deputy head of the ZEW Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” will further strengthen the intensive dialogue between ZEW Mannheim and the University of Mannheim.

“The School of Law and Economics offers excellent opportunities for my work at ZEW,” comments Kathrine von Graevenitz. “In my research, I study, among other things, the influence of environmental policy regulations and, in particular, the question of how the energy transition influences the economic success and pollutant emissions of German industry.”

ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach adds: “Through her excellent empirical environmental economics research, Kathrine von Graevenitz has successfully positioned herself on the international stage. From the willingness to pay for environmental amenities in cities, to the diffusion of renewable energy technologies, to the impact of environmental and climate regulation on firm performance – her research provides groundbreaking results in a highly relevant research field. With the appointment of Kathrine von Graevenitz, we are strengthening our research in this area and intensifying the close professional ties with the University of Mannheim.”

The professorship is funded under the Leibniz Programme for Women Professors in the Leibniz Competition 2021. It is aimed at female researchers from all disciplines who have an outstanding international track record.

The ZEW economist’s research focuses on environmental economics and applied econometrics. Before joining ZEW, she was an economist in Copenhagen at the Danish Economic Councils between 2009 and 2012. In 2013, she was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Environmental Economics and Sustainability Policy, Arizona State University in the USA. Kathrine von Graevenitz defended her doctoral thesis, “Improved Methods for the Valuation of the Environment in an Urban Setting”, at the University of Copenhagen in November 2013. She has been a researcher at ZEW Mannheim since 2014.