Ecologic Institute

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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.

Team members

Aaron Best

As a Senior Fellow and economist at Ecologic Institute, Aaron focuses on economic issues related to environmental policy. His project work includes European climate policies, sustainable development indicators, cost-benefit analysis, economic valuation of environmental goods and services, environmentally harmful subsidies and the economics of tradable pollution permits. Aaron's work also focuses on issues related to transatlantic policymaking as well as the interplay of trade and the environment. He has provided economic analysis for Ecologic Institute studies on the interplay of climate and trade policy, including work for the European Parliament’s international trade committee. Aaron holds a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington in Seattle, USA and a Bachelor's degree (economics and environmental policy) from The Evergreen State College, an interdisciplinary liberal arts school near Seattle.

Marius Hasenheit

Marius is a 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 Duin

Laurens is a Junior Researcher at Ecologic Institute. His main interests include European economics, European climate and energy policy, the circular economy and urban sustainability. At Ecologic Institute, Laurens helped to determine the significance of environmental effects in EU impact assessments. He studied European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, majoring in European Economics and minoring in American Studies, and completed the internationally oriented master's programme European Policy at the same institution. Laurens' master thesis focused on policy transfer in the EU in relation to the PARENT project, which aims to increase the energy efficiency of European households by providing them with real-time information about their electricity consumption.