Research Center Environmental Economics and Regional Development


o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hannelore Weck-Hannemann (Department of Public Finance)

Deputy Head

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gottfried Tappeiner (Department of Economic Theory, Policy and History

Research Objectives

Environmental conditions and regional fragmentation are core components in the contemporary analysis of economic activity. The objective of the members of the research Center Environmental Economics and Regional Development is to analyze the interaction between environment, economic development and quality of life within ecologically sensitive regions.

Methodologically, we mainly apply spatial econometric and experimental economics which places our research within the scope of the research platform Empirical and Experimental Economics. This will be strengthened in the future by the former members of the research center being directly involved in the research platform.

The main lines of research are to investigate the origins and implications of scarcity of natural resources, i.e. the economic and institutional dimensions of scarcity with a focus on global change and conservation of sensitive landscapes and ecosystems, including valuation; and the ecological factors and soft factors, like social capital or cultural norms, driving economic development and the innovative capacity of a region in particular. Given this focus in contents, the research center was (right from the beginning) part of the research Focus Alpine Space – Man and Environment. Such commitment is desirable also for the future and the most appropriate form must be discussed in the coming months.

 Interview with Hannelore Weck-Hannemann (Video)

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