Melf-Hinrich Ehlers

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Melf-Hinrich Ehlers is an ecological and institutional economist. In his work he particularly focuses on entrepreneurship and its relation to institutional and economic dynamics. He has a great interest in analysing the formation and governance of renewable energy and farming sectors using both qualitative and quantitative methods. This is also at the core of his PhD at Humboldt University Berlin, which investigates the emergence of the German biogas sector. In research and teaching positions at Humboldt University Berlin, the Ecologic Institute (Berlin), University of York and the James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen) he covered agricultural, environmental and renewable energy policy analysis and business and sustainability management. His teaching portfolio includes diverse social science and economics modules with a sustainability focus.

Publications

List of publications

Education

2006 – 2017

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Division of Resource Economics
PhD-Project: “Diffusion of agricultural bioenergy utilisation at regional levels in Germany: actor motivations and institutional change”.

2004 – 2005

University of Edinburgh, UK
MSc Ecological Economics (one year full-time). Awarded “Distinction”.
Dissertation: „Adoption of Agri-Environmental Measures: A Multi-Objective Programming Model for Trade-off Analysis of Scottish Cereal Farms“.

2002 – 2004

University of Reading, UK
BSc (Honours) Agriculture.
Dissertation: “The impact of inputs on energy indicators of different cropping systems in the UK and Germany”.

2000 – 2002

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Preliminary exam (Vordiplom) in agricultural sciences.

1993 – 1996

Peter Clausen Landtechnik GmbH, Germany
Apprenticeship as mechanic of farm machinery.

Work experience

2013 – 2015

The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, UK
Applied research economist with focus on policy analysis, innovation and renewable energy (full-time). Interdisciplinary academic research and consultancy.

2010 – 2013

University of York, Environment Department, UK
Teaching Fellow in Environmental Economics (full-time). Teaching introductory economics, environmental and resource economics and governance at MSc and BSc level, BSc course convenor and admissions tutor.

2008 – 2010

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Division of Resource Economics, Germany
Teaching ecological, environmental, resource and institutional economics at BSc and MSc level, general teaching and research (part-time).

2006 – 2008

Ecologic – Institute for International and European Environmental Policy, Berlin, Germany
Consultancy on environmental economics of water and energy (part-time).

1999 – 2000

Kfar Rafael, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Community service in a village community (Kibbuz) for disabled persons.

Awards

  • Visiting Scholarship of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, for Fall Term 2014.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, since 2013.
  • PhD research scholarship awarded by the Federal State of Berlin in December 2007.
  • Scholarship awarded by Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation from 2003 to 2005.

Memberships

  • International Society for Ecological Economics.
  • Vereinigung ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung e.V., Germany.
  • Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN).

Languages

  • German: excellent (speak, read, write), mother tongue.
  • English: excellent (speak, read, write), working language since 2003.
  • French: fair (speak), fair (read and write), currently taking classes at level A2.
  • Hebrew: fair (speak), slight (read).

Teaching

2008 – 2013   

Supervision of 13 BSc dissertations and 12 MSc dissertations
Renewable energy, farming and environment, innovation, investment appraisal, spatial planning, policy instruments. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & University of York.

2011 – 2013

Introductory Economics. 20 credits, core course first year BSc. Introduction to consumer theory, firms and markets, investment appraisal, game theory, introduction to environmental economics. Completely self-designed module. About 25 students each year. Partly web-based. Coursework report and closed book examination. University of York.

2011 – 2013

Resource Economics and Management. 10 credits, MSc level. Lagrangian optimisation, dynamic optimisation and linear programming. Non-renewable resources, fisheries and forestry economics. Lectures and computer practicals (MS-Excel, Solver, Maple). Partly self-designed module. About 18 students each year. Coursework essay and closed book examination. University of York.

2010 & 2011

Economics of Ecological Resources. 10 credits, second year BSc. Lagrangian optimisation, non-renewable resources, fisheries, forestry and water economics. Lectures, tutorials and computer practicals (MS-Excel). Partly self-designed module. About 40 students each year. Coursework essay and closed book examination. University of York.

2010 – 2012

2010 & 2011    Economics of Ecological Resources. 10 credits, second year BSc. Lagrangian optimisation, non-renewable resources, fisheries, forestry and water economics. Lectures, tutorials and computer practicals (MS-Excel). Partly self-designed module. About 40 students each year. Coursework essay and closed book examination. University of York.   

2010 – 2012

Environmental Economics. 10 credits, core course at MSc level on ecological and environmental economics and policy. Co-teacher with 9 direct teaching hours, since 2012 alone with 19 direct teaching hours. Self-designed module. About 30 students each year. Coursework essays and closed-book examination. University of York.

2010 – 2011

Economics for the Environment. 20 credits, core course first year BSc. Basic economic principles, introduction to environmental economics, basic arithmetic, algebra and calculus, regression analysis. Lectures, tutorials and computer practicals. Co-teacher with 24 direct teaching hours. Mostly self-designed module. About 125 students. Partly web-based. Coursework report and closed book examination. University of York.

2008 – 2009

Environmental and Resource Economics – Introduction and Overview. Introductory course at BSc level, including ecological economics. Course organiser and teacher with 36 direct teaching hours. Self-designed module. Partly web-based. 75 to 109 students in closed-book examination. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

2008

Environmental and Resource Economics – Environmental Institutions and Organisations. Advanced course at MSc level, including ecological economics. Co-organiser and teacher of parts. Self-designed module. 15 direct teaching hours and an 8-hour field trip. 19 essays assessed. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Reviewing

  • Energy Policy
  • Energy, Sustainability and Society
  • Technological Forecasting and Social Change
  • Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Springer
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada