BiographyBorn 1988 in Poland, I moved to Germany as a teenager. In 2010 I got a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies (focus: Russia and South-East Europe) and Economics from the Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany. A Master's degree in Economics followed in 2013 from the same university. Soon after this I was offered a PhD position at the Department of Economics of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, as fellow of the Helmholtz Research School ESCALATE (Ecosystem Services Under Changing Land-Use and Climate). For three years I worked on the economic valuation of biodiversity, supervised by Professor Bernd Hansjürgens and by Dr. Nele Lienhoop. The result of this work was my first book with Routledge. I got my PhD degree in 2017; after that I somewhat switched my focus and started working of governance of soils.
With a background in ecological economics and environmental and resource economics, as well as a strong interest in ethics, I have focused in my work so far mainly on conceptual and theoretical investigations. Not being able to settle upon one topic only, I have worked on themes as diverse as: operationalisation of sustainability, economic valuation of biodiversity, ecosystem services and nature conservation, environmental ethics (particularly axiology), degrowth, deliberative monetary valuation, governance of biotechnology etc. I have a general interest in the multidimensional relationships between society and ecosystems.
Father of two awesome children.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
environmental and resource economics, ecological economics, ethics
I love reading books - if fiction, mainly SF and sometimes fantasy, if (mostly) non-fiction, everything from philosophy, social sciences, biology, history, physics, technology. Listening to music (especially avantgarde jazz, but my record collection is quite diverse) and watching films are also very important, as is basketball. My favourite holiday activity is hiking.