Short CV/Education and training

  • 1975
    "Abitur" (A-levels) at Ricarda Huch Gymnasium (grammar school) in Gelsenkirchen, Germany

  • 1975
    Studied law and philosophy in Heidelberg, Germany

  • 1980
    B.A. in psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada

  • 1984
    M.A. and Ph.D. in decision theory at Harvard University, USA

  • 1984
    Natural Science and Engineering Research Council Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto

  • 1985
    University of Illinois, USA: Assistant Professorship in psychology

  • 1988
    University of Chicago Business School, USA: Assistant und Associate Professorship in decision sciences

  • 1992
    Center for Advanced Study at Stanford University, USA: Fellow

  • 1994
    Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU), Koblenz, Germany: Visiting professor

  • 1995
    Ohio State University, USA: Chair in quantitative psychology

  • 1999
    Columbia University, USA: Chair in cognitive psychology and chair in management

  • 2002
    "Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin" – Institute for Advanced Study, Germany: Fellow

  • 2006
    London Business School, UK: Visiting professor

  • 2007
    Russell Sage Foundation: Fellow

  • 2009
    Columbia University: Additional appointment as Earth Institute Professor

  • 2009
    Copenhagen Business School, Denmark: Visiting professor

Selected projects

  • Founder and co-director of 2 centres at Columbia University in New York, USA: the Center for Decision Sciences (CDS), since 1999, and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED), since 2004

  • Founder and co-director of the Network for Utilization of Social Science Research on Sustainability and Energy (NUSSRoSE), a collaborative project between Columbia University and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, USA

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Co-chair of the Advisory Committee to the Green Growth Knowledge Platform of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank, 2012

  • Lead Author of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2012

  • Global Agenda Council on Decision-making and Incentive Systems, World Economic Forum, 2009

  • Executive Committee of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, USA, 2009

  • Task Force of the American Psychological Association (APA): Interface between Psychology and Global Climate Change, 2009

  • President of the Society for Neuroeconomics, 2007

  • Board of Directors of the Association for Psychological Science, 2007

  • President of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, 2000

  • President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, 1997


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