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Welcome to CURE

Center for Environmental Management, Resources and Energy

Current News

"Synode als Chance – Was Kirche braucht, damit sie weitergeht" – Jan-Hendrik Kamlage über Paradoxien des synodalen Weges
June 7, 2023
Plant Based
"Das Etikett „bio“ allein reicht nicht." – Studie über Akzeptanzanforderungen bei bio-basierten Produkten
May 30, 2023
Seilzug / Quelle: Amprion GmbH
Neues Forschungsprojekt am CURE über die lokalen Herausforderungen im Zuge des Netzausbaus
May 24, 2023
Podiumsdiskussion: Wasserstoffverträge — Ökonomische und juristische Herausforderungen am 11. Mai 2023
May 9, 2023
21. Sommerworkshop der Deutschen Bundesbank für Studierende
May 3, 2023


Climate change, the energy transition, declining biodiversity and sustaina-bility are the challenges of modern time. These are also the topics that form the core of research and teaching at the Center for Environmental Management, Resource and Energy Economics.
CURE has been established within the Faculty of Management and Economics at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum to enhance the joint research activities of the scholars focusing on the following topics:

  • Energy and climate economics
  • Operational and economic sustainability
  • Economics in competition-based economic systems
  • Corporate environmental management
  • Decarbonization of operational production and service processes
  • Protection of species and resources (animals, plants, water, soil, air)

The aim of the center is, on the one hand, to bundle and coordinate the relevant teaching within the bachelor and master modules. On the other the center enhances an integrative approach, which incorporates business administration, economics and legal perspectives. The aim is to set up a group of young researchers at CURE that advances the inter- and transdisciplinary social-ecological research in conjunction with other faculties at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.


Julia Uhlig
Research assistant
Dr. Julia Lena Reinermann
Assoziiertes Mitglied
Dr. Elmar Hillebrand
Post-Doc, Scientific assistant
Prof. Dr. Valentin Bertsch
Chair of the department, Professor
Dr. Thomas Ebben
Scientific assistant
Fynn Kasbrink
Assoziiertes Mitglied, Scientific assistant
Esther Trost
Assoziiertes Mitglied
Paola D'Orazio, Ph.D.
Scientific assistant
Prof. Dr. Andreas Löschel
Chair of the department, Professor
Prof. Dr. Anna-Lena Schönauer
Assoziiertes Mitglied
Dr. Maik Bohne
Scientific assistant
Gerald Zunker
Scientific assistant
Michelle Alfers
Scientific assistant
Matthias Reccius, M.Sc.
Research assistant, Scientific assistant
Max Fimpler
Research assistant
Leonard Pauß
Research assistant
Quirine Wildeman
Assoziiertes Mitglied
Prof. Dr. Kati Krähnert
Dr. Stefan Schweiger
Assoziiertes Mitglied
Zarah Thiel
Scientific assistant

Our Focus Topics

We bring together those who focus on the following topics in teaching and research:


Energy and climate economics


Operational and economic sustainability economics in competition-based economic systems


Corporate environmental management


Decarbonization of operational production and service processes


Protection of species and resources (animals, plants, water, soil, air)


Participation & transformation


Research Projects

Collaborative Project
BIOÖKONOMIEREVIER – Aufbau und Erprobung einer partizipativen Governance zur Entwicklung der Modellregion BioökonomieREVIER Rheinland
Fokusthemen: Modellregion Bioökonomie, Partizipation, partizipative Governance, Rheinisches Revier
Collaborative Project
CIRCULAR FOAM - Systemic expansion of territorial CIRCULAR Ecosystems for end-of-life FOAM
Fokusthemen: Circular Economy, Circular Value Chain, Polyurethane Foams, Waste Management
Single Project
Stromnetzausbau vor Ort
Fokusthemen: Energiewende, Netzausbau, Partizipation
Collaborative Project
HiPerIn 2.0 − Erforschung der (Nicht-)Akzeptanz hochwertiger Inhaltsstoffe
Fokusthemen: biobasierte Ausgangsstoffe, Bioökonomie, High-Performance Ingredients
Collaborative Project, Single Project
Konzept einer integrierten, nachhaltigen Mobilität für die Universitätsallianz Ruhr (InnaMoRuhr)
Fokusthemen: mobility, Policy advice
Collaborative Project
“BEWEG DEIN QUARTIER!“ Co-kreative Entwicklung von Stadträumen als Game-Changer für die Mobilitätswende
Fokusthemen: Beteiligung, Mobilitätswende, Partizipation, Quartiersentwicklung


Sadik-Zada, E. R., Santibanez Gonzalez, E., Gatto, A., Althaus, T. & Quliyev, F. (2023). Pathways to the hydrogen mobility futures in German public transportation: A scenario analysis. Renewable Energy, 205, 384–392. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2022.12.087

Sadik-Zada, E. R. (2023). Resource rents, savings behavior, and scenarios of economic development. Resources Policy, 81, 103258. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resourpol.2022.103258

Weale, G. (2020): Report: EU 2030 Emission Targets – A Reality Check. Handelsblatt May and July 2020

Weale, Graham: DRI-McGraw Hill Multi-client Studies:

Global Coal Market Outlook (1986)

Market for European motor fuels with the introduction of unleaded petrol (1985)

Prospects for Natural Gas in Europe (1984)

Weale, Graham: Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (WEFA) founded by Nobel Laureate. Multi-client studies:

Utility Liberalisation – Risk Management and Maximising Returns (1998)

Refining in the context of other Process Industries (1998)

European Gas Storage in Europe – Future Needs and Commercial Aspects (1998)

Liberalisation of the Continental Gas Markets (1997)

The Public Distribution Sector for Gas in Europe (1996)

Future of European Gas/Power Retail and Distribution Companies (1992)

European Gas Markets after Troll (1987)

Weale, Graham: Studies for the European Commission

Energy and Transport Statistical Review (2004 & 2005)

The Future Roll of Long-Term Gas Contracts (2003)

The impact of natural gas market opening (2002)

Teaching offer

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Institute for Mining and Energy Law

Professors of CURE

Prof. Dr. Sven-Joachim Otto

He studied business administration and law at the University of Mannheim and the University of California at Berkeley. He was awarded a doctorate in law and a PhD in 1998 and subsequently studied administrative sciences at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer. Sven-Joachim Otto is a Partner at EY, where he leads the Mid Market practice in the Government & Public Sector as well as Infrastructure (Germany, Switzerland, Austria). He focuses on the developments in the various energy markets, especially against the backdrop of the currently advancing transformations at the interfaces to the mobility/transportation (traffic turnaround), real estate (heat turnaround) and industry sectors. Digitization is seen in the broadest sense as an enabler for the necessary transformation processes toward resource-efficient, sustainable and competitive business models.

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Prof. Dr. Johann-Christian Pielow

He studied law at the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster, the University of Lausanne and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 1992, he received his doctorate in law from the Faculty of Law at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, and in 1998, his habilitation (venia legendi for public law and European law). Since 2003, he has also been Executive Director of the Institute for Mining and Energy Law (IBE) at the Ruhr University and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for European Economics (IEW). He conducts research on German, European and comparative economic constitutional and economic administrative law. The focus is on public services of general interest and network-related infrastructures, mining and energy law, as well as municipal and environmental law. This institution deals with basically all legal aspects of the energy turnaround and related issues of climate protection, but also with interdisciplinary aspects (especially in the dialogue between economics, technology and law). The spectrum ranges from the implementation of the Paris climate protection goals, e.g. The spectrum ranges from the implementation of the Paris climate protection goals, e.g. within the framework of the EU emissions trading system and the European “Energy Union”, to the legal framework for the promotion of renewable energies and the “sector coupling” with building and transport energy supply, to digital forms of a “smart” energy supply, questions of planning law on the construction of plants and power lines (also on dismantling as a result of the nuclear and coal phase-out), as well as the role of the energy consumer who also generates electricity (prosumer), and other forms of civil engagement, e.g. in so-called citizen energy communities, and much more.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph M. Schmidt
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph M. Schmidt, born in 1962, has been President of RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research in Essen since 2002 and holds the Chair for Economic Policy and Applied Econometrics at the Faculty of Management and Economics at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph M. Schmidt, born in 1962, has been President of RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research in Essen since 2002 and also holds the Chair for Economic Policy and Applied Econometrics at the Faculty of Management and Economics at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He studied economics at the University of Mannheim, received his PhD from Princeton University in 1991, completed his habilitation at the University of Munich in 1995, and held the Chair of Econometrics at the University of Heidelberg from 1996 to 2002.

He was a member of the German Council of Economic Experts from 2009 to 2020 and its chairman from 2013 to 2020. Since 2019 he has been a member, and since 2020 co-chairman, of the Franco-German Council of Economic Experts. From 2011 to 2013, he was a member of the Enquete Commission “Growth, Prosperity, Quality of Life” of the German Bundestag. From 2019 to 2022, he was a member, and since 2020 co-chairman, of the Franco-German Council of Economic Experts. From 2020 to 2021 he was a member of the “Corona-Expertenrat” (Corona Council of Experts) of the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia. He has been a member of acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften since 2011, a member of the presidium since 2014, and vice president since 2020. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (since 2020), the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature (since 2015) and the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts (since 2018).

He has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich since 2013, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation since 2014 and deputy chairman since 2020, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation since 2016, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Energy Economics Institute at the University of Cologne (EWI) since 2020, and since 2020, member of the expert panel of the programme for the promotion of top-level research at universities (“Exzellenzstrategie”) of the Joint Science Conference (GWK) and since 2021 member of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG.

His work focuses on applied econometrics, including energy, health, and labor economics, as well as on the interface between research and science-based policy advice. He was editor of the Journal of Population Economics (1996 to 2002) and the German Economic Review (2009 to 2013). In 2016, he received the Gustav Stolper Award of the Verein für Socialpolitik, and in 2019, he received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Economics at Leibniz Universität Hannover. In 2019, he was also awarded the title “Bürger des Ruhrgebiets” (citizen of the Ruhr area) by the association pro Ruhrgebiet. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has awarded the 2022 Innovation Prize in the “Honorary Award” category to Christoph M. Schmidt.

Applied Economic Policy

Prof. Dr. Marion Steven
Prof. Dr. Marion Steven, born in 1960, has held the Chair of Production Economics at the Faculty of Economics at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum since 1996.

Marion Steven completed a banking apprenticeship in 1981. She then studied, obtained her doctorate and habilitated at the University of Bielefeld. She received her doctorate in Hierarchical Production Planning and her habilitation in Production and Environmental Protection. Based on the fact that a large part of environmental pollution results from industrial manufacturing processes, Marion Steven has been dealing with the environmental impacts of production in research and teaching for a long time. Previous research topics have included the integration of the environmental factor into various production theory concepts, waste disposal logistics, environmental cost accounting, circular economy, the impact of the EU-ETS on the aviation industry, and environmental reporting. Currently, the research focus is on the development of sustainability indicators (Green Productivity Index), which allow an integrated assessment of the economic, environmental and social aspects of production, and the investigation of the impact of digitalization on sustainability both at the level of the individual company and in Industry 4.0 networks. Furthermore, the sustainability potentials of Smart-Circular Product-Service-Systems are investigated, where the circular economy is combined with the sharing economy to achieve a more intensive and longer use of materials available in the economic system.

…it is well anchored in the region in terms of research and teaching. The intensive cooperation between business economists and economists opens up an exciting field of work with a variety of points of contact.
Hon.-Prof. Graham Weale
Prof. Graham Weale, ist seit 2015 Honorarprofessor an der Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft für Energiewirtschaft und -politik.

Er studierte physikalische Wissenschaften (Bachelor of Applied Science) an der University of Oxford und Systemtechnik (Masters degree) an der City University London. Anschließend absolvierte er seinen MBA an der Cranfield University. Die Forschung und Lehre von Graham Weale konzentriert sich auf wirtschaftliche und politische Fragen im europäischen Energiesektor, auf die Märkte für Strom- und Kohlenstoffemissionen und darauf, wie Emissionsminderungen in verschiedenen Mitgliedstaaten erreicht werden.

Lecture Course – Winter Semester


Seminar Course – Summer Semester

…weil ich über fast 40 Jahre Erfahrung im Energiebereich verfüge und mein Wissen und meine Leidenschaft für das Fach weitergeben möchte.

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Centrum für Umweltmanagement, Ressourcen und Energie (CURE)

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum

Phone: 0234 32-21282
E-Mail: cure-econ@rub.de

Further thematic fields of competences


Sales Management Department


Finance, Accounting, Auditing, Controlling, Taxation


Centre for Entrepreneur­ship, Innovation and Transformation


Centre for International and Spatial Economics