Dr. Julian Rode

Researcher & Scientific Advisor -- Environmental decisions and policy

I have 15 years of experience in research and over 8 years of experience at the interface of academic research and (policy) practice concerning biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.


In my consulting work I support organizations and projects that aim to establish new policy instruments, financial mechanisms, and business approaches for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.


My research deals with environmental values and decision-making, the design and evaluation of environmental policies, and the integration of sustainability in business practices. My academic background is in (behavioral/experimental) economics and interdisciplinary research on decision making.


June 2017: New article published in Ecological Economics: Ecosystem Service Arguments Enhance Public Support for Environmental Protection - But Beware of the Numbers!


June 2017: Interview on ecosystem services and business with "Wirtschaft und Natur Niederösterreich"




Positions held

2011-      Researcher, Department Environmental Politics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (Leipzig, Germany)

2010-11  Researcher, Department of Business Economics, Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona (Bellaterra, Spain)

2010       Research fellow, Social Innovation Center, INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France).

2009-10  Independent, associated with MEDIAN S.C.P (Barcelona, Spain)

2007-08  Postdoctoral researcher, Center for Rationality, Decision making, and Economic Modelling (SFB 504), Universität Mannheim (Mannheim, Germany)


Ph.D. in Economics (2007), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2003-07), Universität Bonn (2002-03)

Diplom-Volkswirt (2002), Universität Bonn.

Universität Bonn (2000-02), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2002), Utah State University (1999-2000), Universität Marburg (1997-99)

Abitur (1996), Darmstadt (Germany)


German (mother tongue), English (C2), French (C1), Spanish (C1)

Countries worked in

Germany, Spain, France, USA, Thailand, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, India

Functions and activities

  • since 10.2018: Deputy head of department, Department Environmental Politics, UFZ

Scientific coordination

  • 2011-2014: Member of scientific coordination team to the international TEEB initiative (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity)
  • 2009-2011: Scientific coordination, Foundation for a New Ethical Business

(Visiting) lecturer

  • 2015-2018: UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management (CIPSEM) (Dresden)
  • 2013: Kedge Business School (Marseille)
  • 2012-2013: HIGRADE PhD program at Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research
  • 2008: Mannheim University
  • 2006-2007: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)

Invited expert / speaker

  • since 2018: Nominated expert and lead author of the IPBES "Methodological assessment on multiple conceptualizations of the diverse values of nature"
  • 2017-18: Task Force member for Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) to develop a new "Conservation Finance Guide"
  • 2017: UBA/BMUB: "Ökonomisierung in der Umweltpolitik" (Berlin, Germany)
  • 2017: Umweltdachverband Österreich, "Wirtschaft und Natur Niederösterreich" (see interview on ecosystem services and sustainability in business here) (Austria)
  • 2016: Seminar on Innovative Financing Mechanisms for Biodiversity in China (in Bejing, funded by EU TAIEF)
  • 2014: Seminar "Narrative zu Biodiversität in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit" (GIZ/Ecologic) (Berlin, Germany)
  • 2013: REWE Group-Dialogforum (Berlin, Germany)
  • 2013: Verband Chemischer Industrie (Freiburg, Germany)
  • 2012: Verband Steine und Erden, Symposium "Natur aktiv fördern" (Berlin, Germany)
  • 2011: Primera Conferencia Internacional sobre Servicios Ambientales y Seguridad Jurídica, Decanato de Cataluña del Colegio de Registradores (Barcelona, Spain)
  • 2009-2013: European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS)

Project evaluator

  • 2018: Research Council of Norway
  • 2013: Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO)

Journal reviewer

American Economic Review; Asia Pacific Management Review; Biological Conservation; Conservation Biology; Conservation and Society; Ecological Economics; Economic Journal; Ecosystem Services; Environmental Engineering and Management Journal; Environment, Development and Sustainability; European Economic Review; Experimental Economics; Games and Economic Behavior; International Journal of Management Science; International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation; Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy; Journal of Cleaner Production; Journal for Nature Conservation; Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization; Journal of Economic Psychology; Journal of Economics and Management Strategy; Journal of Environmental Economics and Management; Journal of Environmental Planning and Management; Nature Sustainability; PLOS ONE; Review of Industrial Organization; Spanish Economic Review; Sustainability; Sustainability Science; Theory and Decision.


Conference contributions

IMEBE (Valencia, 2005), IAREP-SABE (Paris, 2006), Northwestern University (2006), RATIO Colloquium (Stockholm, 2006), Humboldt University Berlin (2006), University of Mannheim (2007), ESA North American Meeting (Tucson, AZ, 2007), University of Konstanz (2007), Zentrum fuer Europaeische Wirtschaftsforschung (Mannheim, 2008), XIII Simposium for Economic Analysis (Zaragoza, 2008), 9th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (Istanbul, 2011), International conference on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) (Leipzig, 2012), 11th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention for Biological Diversity – CBD COP 11 (Hyderabad, 2012), 10th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (Lille, 2013), POLICYMIX conference (Leipzig, 2014), IUCN World Parks Congress (Sydney, 2014), EU FP7 BESAFE-BIOMOT conference (Brussels, 2015), 17th BIOECON Conference (Cambridge, 2015), Experimental Economics for the Environment (Osnabrück, 2016), LAMETA and CIRAD (Montpellier, 2016), European Ecosystem Partnership Conference (Antwerp, 2016), EcoSummit 2016 (Montpellier, 2016),Behavioural Insights in Development and Environment Summit (Stockholm, 2017).

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