Professor Stefan Borsky is an Assistant Professor at the University of Graz, Austria, holding a joint appointment at the Economics Department and the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change and is an affiliated faculty member of Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He is mentor in the interdisciplinary Doctoral Program “Climate Change: Thresholds, Uncertainties and Coping Strategies” at the University of Graz and leads the research group on econometrics and large data applications at the Wegner Center. He is currently active in a large EU-funded project on climate change impacts and adaptation. Stefan is an environmental economist interested in the economic impact of climate change with a particular focus on the subnational level and how it transmits in space. Further, his research focuses on how sustainable product standard agreements affects international trade patterns in natural resources. His research is published among others in the Journal of Association of Environmental and Resource Economist, Environmental and Resource Economics and the European Journal of Political Economy.
Professor Birgit Bednar-Friedl is an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Graz, Austria, and co-leads the Economics of Climate Change Research Group at Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change. She is Coordinating Lead Author of Working Group II of the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report (chapter 13, Europe). Since 2014, she is a faculty member of the interdisciplinary Doctoral Program “Climate Change: Thresholds, Uncertainties and Coping Strategies” at the University of Graz, and, in this capacity, has co-organized a summer school on “Coping with Climate Change” in September 2016, and several thematic workshops and lectures. She currently supervises 7 doctoral students on various topics in adaptation and mitigation of climate change. She has a vast experience in attracting external grants, and as part of this has organized several scientific workshops and stakeholder events.
Professor Michael Finus is a Professor in Climate and Environmental Economics since June 2018 at the University of Graz, Austria and one of the PIs of the Climate Change Cluster Graz. He held a chair in Environmental Economics at the University of Bath, UK from 2012 until 2018, being Director of Research 2013-2014 and Head of Department, 2014-2017. He organized the “Environmental Protection Sustainability Forum” in Exeter, UK in 2011, in Bath, UK, in 2015 and in Graz, Austria, in 2021. He is a co-editor of Environmental and Resource Economics since 2012 and was a lead author of the IPCC report 2014. He was Programme Co-Chair of the Scientific Programme of the EAERE-Conference in Manchester in 2019. He has taught on several summer schools before, in particular on the one organized by EAERE in 2000 and 2010 in Venice and at the University of Genoa in 2002.
Michael works in the field of environmental economics and public goods, in particular on international environmental agreements. He has published widely in journals such as the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Social Choice and Welfare, Public Choice, Environmental and Resource Economics and Environment and Development Economics. He also published several books such as Game Theory and International Environmental Cooperation (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2001).
Professor Karl W. Steininger is a Professor in Climate Change and Sustainable Transition since October 2019 at the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz, Austria and Co-Speaker of the Climate Change Cluster Graz. He was on the faculty at the Technical University of Vienna and with the World Banks Environment Department in Washington, D.C. in the 1990s, served as Associate Professor at the University of Graz from 1994-2019, founding chair of the Environmental Systems Science Study Programme Committee, 2002-2007, and is Head of the Doctoral School in Economics since 2017. He is also one of the PIs in the interdisciplinary Doctoral College on Climate Change funded by the Austrian Science Fund in its second term (2018-2022). He regularly serves as an advisor on climate policy issue for society, administration and policy bodies, e.g., as independent advisor on climate issues in the negotiations that resulted in the current Austrian government programme 2020-2024, seeking to achieve climate neutrality by 2040.
Karl’s research focuses on economic impacts of climate change and long-term low-carbon transition, analyzing options such as adjustments in spatial planning, technological development in industry or enhancing the supply of renewable energy, including solar. This involves the fields of environmental and resource economics, transport economics, spatial economics, international economics and public finance.