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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Resource Economics

Prof. Dr. Klaus Eisenack

Head of Resource Economics Group

Professor Dr. Klaus Eisenack
Fig.: Professor Dr. Klaus Eisenack


Research Interests



  • Co-evolution of resources and institutions
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Polycentric climate governance
  • Energy transition and urban infrastructure
  • Modelling institutional arrangements
  • Simulation and gaming


Room: 1.07
Phone: +49-30-2093-46363
Fax:     +49-30-2093-46361



Academic Career

Since 2016  

Full professor for Resource Economics (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


Associate professor for Economics, in particular environment
and development economics (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany)

2008-2014   Assistant professor for Environment and Development Economics (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg)

PhD in Mathematics (Free University Berlin)

2001-2008   Scientist at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Diploma in Mathematics (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg)

1999   Examination in Philosophy, Economics and Environmental Science

(Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, University of Stirling)


Selected Publications

Oberlack, C. and K. Eisenack (2018) Archetypical barriers to adapting water governance in river basins to climate change, Journal of Institutional Economics 14, 527-555.

Schmid, E., A. Pechan, M. Mehnert, K. Eisenack (2017) Imagine all these futures: On heterogeneous preferences and mental models in the German energy transition, Energy Research & Social Science 27, 45-56.

Eisenack, K. (2016) Institutional adaptation to cooling water scarcity for thermoelectric power generation under global warming, Ecological Economics 124, 153-163.

Eisenack, K. and L. Kähler (2015) Adaptation to climate change can support unilateral emission reductions, Oxford Economic Papers 68 (1), 258-278.

Eisenack, K., S. Moser, E. Hoffmann, R. Klein, C. Oberlack, A. Pechan, M. Rotter, and C. Termeer (2014) Explaining and overcoming barriers to climate change adaptation, Nature Climate Change 4, 867–872.

Oberlack, C. and K. Eisenack (2014) Alleviating barriers to urban climate change adaptation through international cooperation, Global Environmental Change 24, 349-362.

Eisenack, K. (2013) Interdisciplinary communication and education with a board game on climate change, Simulation & Gaming 44 (2-3), 324-344.

Eisenack, K., O. Edenhofer and M. Kalkuhl (2012) Resource rents: the effects of energy taxes and quantity instruments for climate protection, Energy Policy 48, 159-166.

Eisenack, K. (2012) Adaptation financing in a global agreement: is the adaptation levy appropriate?, Climate Policy 12, 491-504.

Eisenack, K. and R. Stecker (2012) A framework for analyzing climate change adaptations as actions, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 17 (3), 243-260.

Eisenack, K., R. Stecker, D. Reckien and E. Hoffmann (2012) Adaptation to climate change in the transport sector: a review of actions and actors, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 17 (5), 451-469.

Eisenack, K., J. Kropp and H. Welsch (2006) A qualitative dynamical modelling approach to capital accumulation in unregulated fisheries, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 30, 2613-2636.

Complete CV including publication list (pdf)



Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • Environmental and Resource Economics (2016)
  • Methods in Sustainability Science (2007)
  • Human-Nature Interactions (2006)

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

  • Environmental Economics (2008-16)
  • Resource Economics (2009-14)
  • Institutional Economics (2014-15)
  • Regulatory and Competition Policy (2009/10)
  • International Trade and Transnational Production (2009)
  • Adaptation to Climate Change (2009-11)
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Sustainability Science (2010-12)
  • Research/Practical Project in Sustainability Economics (various topics, 2010-16)


Other Activities

  • Consultancy of public and private organizations on the European level and in Germany
  • Development and facilitation of simulation games