Research and teaching at the Chair focus on the application of economic knowledge to problems of environmental and resource management, in particular the preservation of ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation. Methods and approaches include, among others, ecological-economic modelling, the development of decision support software, as well as stakeholder interviews and choice experiments.

Bachelor- and Mastertheses

Dear Students, if you are interested in writing a Bachelor- or Masterthesis at our chair, you can now find a list of possible thesis topics at our homepage. You are also invited to discuss a topic of your choice with us. In case of further interest, please contact us during consultation hours.


Next consultation hour: Thursday, January 26th, 2.30 - 3.00 pm.

Consultation hour of Prof. Wätzold is carried out via webex. If you want to talk with Prof. Wätzold please contact Regina Kirsche (email: She will send the webex-link.

  • New Publication: M. Drechsler, F. Wätzold and V. Grimm (2022): "The hitchhiker's guide to generic ecological-economic modelling of land-use-based biodiversity conservation policies", Ecological Modelling 465 (109861) (Link)
  • Event: The Chair of Environmental Economics, the PIK and the IfW co-organized the 10th Climateforum (Klimaforum) "Insurance and climate risks - between private foresight and governmental intervention" (Versicherung von Klimarisiken – zwischen privater Vorsorge und staatlicher Intervention) in Berlin at 22.11.2021 (Link)
  • New Workingpaper: M. Drechsler and V. Grimm (2021): "Land-use hysteresis triggered by staggered payment schemes for more permanent biodiversity conservation" (Link)
  • New Publication by Kraehnert, Wätzold, Hecker et al.: "Insurance Against Extreme Weather Events: An Overview", Krähnert et al. (2021), in Review of Economics 72(2): 71–95 (Link)

This website uses cookies. Those have two functions: On the one hand they are providing basic functionality for this website. On the other hand they allow us to improve our content for you by saving and analyzing anonymized user data. You can redraw your consent to using these cookies at any time. Find more information regarding cookies on our Data Protection Declaration and regarding us on the Imprint.


These cookies are needed for a smooth operation of our website.


Name Purpose Lifetime Type Provider
_pk_id Used to store a few details about the user such as the unique visitor ID. 13 months HTML Matomo
_pk_ref Used to store the attribution information, the referrer initially used to visit the website. 6 months HTML Matomo
_pk_ses Short lived cookie used to temporarily store data for the visit. 30 minutes HTML Matomo