Karen Pittel

Professor for Economics, especially Energy, Climate and Natural Exhaustible Resources

Department of Economics
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Munich



Director, Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources
Ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich e.V.


In her research, Karen Pittel focuses on the dynamic modelling of economic development and growth under environmental, resource- and energy related constraints as well as the effectiveness and efficiency of energy and climate policies. Especially since the start of the German “Energiewende”, her interest has centered around the integrated effects of energy transition processes on the economy. As a member of the Climate Council of the Bavarian Government, Karen is also active in policy advice. In her role as a member of the Transdisciplinary Advisory Board of JPI–Climate (European Commission) and the German National Future Earth Committee (DFG), she engages in science policy agenda setting. She is furthermore incoming vice president of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Research Interests

Energy, climate and environmental policy; energy system transformation; environmental and resource economics; economic dynamics, growth and sustainability.