Ecologic Institute is a private not-for-profit think tank for applied environmental research, policy analysis and consultancy with offices in Berlin and Brussels. Founded in 1995, Ecologic is dedicated to bringing fresh ideas to environmental policies and to promoting sustainable development. Ecologic Institutes's work programme focuses on obtaining practical results and on enhancing the importance of environmental protection and sustainable resource management in the fields of foreign and security policy, international relations and global governance structures. As an independent, non-partisan body, it undertakes applied research and analysis to increase awareness and understanding of the political, economic and technological forces driving global change.
Lucas is a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute and the project coordinator of NETGREEN. As an economist, his work focuses on impact assessments, policy evaluations, and welfare indicators. Before his time with Ecologic Institute, Lucas Porsch worked as an economic advisor and consultant for six years in the United Kingdom. He also created evaluations of urban renewal policy in Eastern Germany, and advised two high-level political commissions concerning surplus housing in Eastern Germany and social housing in Berlin. Within NETGREEN, his main role is to manage the project and establish a business continuity plan. He is also involved in other project tasks such as the identification of different pathways towards a green economy, the creation of an indicator database and the organization of policy workshops.
Marius is a Junior Researcher at Ecologic Institute and holds an MSc. in Global Change Ecology. His research interests include the green and circular economy, bioeconomy and adaptation to climate change. He is fluent in German, English and Spanish and has some knowledge of French. Marius is closely involved in the Horizon 2020 project Promoting Stakeholder Engagement and Public Awareness for a Participative Governance of the European Bioeconomy (BioSTEP), which deals with the bioeconomy and participation. In addition, he is closely involved in the management of the project Scientific Coordination of Research Projects on a Sustainable Economy and Sustainable Shipping and Environment of the Baltic Sea region (SHEBA), which develops policy recommendations for sustainable shipping in the Baltic Sea. Before this, Marius worked on the green economy project, NETwork for GREEN economy Indicators (NETGREEN), also funded by the FP7.
Laurens works as a Junior Researcher at Ecologic Institute. He holds a MA in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam and is a native speaker of Dutch, speaks English fluently and has working knowledge of German. During his studies, Laurens became interested in how cities can help to tackle the challenges of climate change.