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Areas of Expertise and Research:

-Environmental and Energy Economics, Infrastructure Economics, New Institutional Economics, Public Finance
Projects and Research Areas
-Economic key issues of climate change / environmental impacts of energy transition
-Economics of biomass and bioenergy
Water resources management, especially water-related prices and charges

-Enhancement of Waste Water Charges and Water extraction Charges to a comprehensive charge for the use of aquatic ecosystems
- Leading-Edge Cluster "BioEconomy"
- Helmholtz-Alliance ENERGY-TRANS: "Future infrastructures for meeting energy demands. Towards sustainability and social compatibility"

Erik Gawel is also Professor at the University of Leipzig


  • 2008–present
    Full Professor, Leipzig University
  • 2008–present
    Deputy Head Department of Economics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Resaerch - UFZ
  • 2008–present
    Director, Institute for Infrastructure and Resources Management


  • 1994 
    University of Cologne, PhD