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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Tenured full professors | Environmental Economics and Policy

Elisabeth Gsottbauer, Director

Competence Centre for Economic, Ecological and Social Sustainability
Universitätsplatz 1 - piazza Università, 1

Short bio

She is Professor in Environmental Economics at unibz, where she also serves as Director of the Competence Centre for Sustainability. Before joining unibz, she served as an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE). Additionally, she maintains affiliations as a Visiting Fellow with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE, the Department of Land Economy & C-EENRG (Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance) at the University of Cambridge and the Department of Economics, University of Innsbruck. She received her Phd from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.


M-2 Sustainable Mobility

31003B · SECS-P/06 · LM-77 Tourism Management · DE

The Economics of Climate Change

27360 · SECS-P/02 · L-18 Economics and Management · EN

Main Research Areas

Behavioral Economics, Behavior Change, Environmental Economics, Experimental Economics, Public Economics, Policy Evaluation


Elisabeth Gsottbauer is an applied environmental economist promoting sustainable behavior using evidence-based methods, utilizing field and survey experiments to drive positive environmental outcomes.

Her research published in top journals: Nature Sustainability, Nature: Earths & Communication, Economic Journal, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Elisabeth collaborates widely with industry (e.g. catering: cafetarias, UK restaurant chains), policy (Behavioural Insights Team-UK, Austrian/Swedish government), and environmental NGOS (e.g. RSPB).

She promotes open science, contributing to replication initiatives and the Barcelona GSE workshop on experiment validity/generalizability.

Serving: Lead Author of the Austrian APCC report & Expert to the South Tyrol Climate Assembly.

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