Dr Konar Mutafoglu

Senior Research Associate
+49 331 28822-482


IASS Projects

  • Science Platform Sustainability 2030

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Development Strategies
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • Behavioural Insights and Behavior Change

Curriculum Vitae

  • An environmental economist by training, Konar joined IASS in June 2017 as a senior research associate. Within the Science Platform Sustainability 2030, he is the contact for scientific studies and other output formats, including their dissemination to engage with stakeholders in research, policy, private sector and civil society.
  • Konar holds a PhD in economics from TU Berlin and has more than 12 years of experience in research and applied policy analysis. Prior to joining IASS, he was a researcher at the Institute for European Environmental Policy in Brussels, where he worked on nature protection policies in the European Union, with links to health and urban development, and on sustainable development strategies, including indicators to assess wealth and well-being.
  • Earlier, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland in Brisbane where he analysed how extreme climatic events are affecting coastal regions and communities. Previously, he worked at the German Development Bank, supporting its climate change and climate finance strategy.
  • Konar has contributed to and led projects on sustainable development strategies and economic aspects of environmental policy in a number of areas such as water resources, climate change, biodiversity and natural resources management. He is also very interested into the application of behavioural insights in environmental policy, especially related to sustainable consumption.

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Mutafoglu K., ten Brink P., Schweitzer J-P., Underwood E., Tucker G., Russi D., Howe M., Maréchal A., Olmeda C., Pantzar M., Gionfra S. and Kettunen M. (2017). Natura 2000 and Jobs: Scoping Study. Institute for European Environmental Policy, London/Brussels.
  • Kiessling T., Salas S., Mutafoglu K., Thiel M. (2017). Who cares about dirty beaches? Evaluating environmental awareness and action on coastal litter in Chile. Ocean & Coastal Management 137, 82-95. DOI:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.11.029.
  • Mutafoglu K., ten Brink P., Dekker S., Woollard J., Schweitzer J.-P. (2017). Climate adaptation benefits from nature and biodiversity protection in cities. In: Building a Climate Resilient Economy and Society – Challenges and Opportunities. Ninan, K. & Inoue M. (Eds.). Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK and Massachusetts, USA. DOI:10.4337/9781785368455.
  • Watkins E., ten Brink P., Withana S., Kettunen M., Russi D., Mutafoglu K., Schweitzer J-P., and Gitti G. (2017): ’Socio-Economics of Marine Litter’. Chapter 14 in Nunes P., Svenssona L.E., and Markandya A. (Eds). Handbook on the Economics and Management for Sustainable Oceans, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Mills M., Mutafoglu K., Adams V. M., Archibald C., Bell J., Leon J. X. (2016). Perceived and projected flood risk and adaptation in coastal Southeast Queensland, Australia, Climatic Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-016-1644-y.
  • Ten Brink P., Mutafoglu K., Schweitzer J-P., Kettunen M., Twigger-Ross C., Baker J., Kuipers Y., Emonts M., Tyrväinen L., Hujala T., Ojala A. (2016). The Health and Social Benefits of Nature and Biodiversity Protection. Institute for European Environmental Policy, London/Brussels.
  • Mills M., Leon J. X.,  Saunders M. I.,  Bell J., Liu Y.,  O’Mara J., Lovelock C. E., Mumby P. J., Phinn S., Possingham H. P., Tulloch V., Mutafoglu K., Morrison T., Callaghan D., Baldock T., Klein C. J., Hoegh-Guldberg O. (2015). Reconciling development and conservation under coastal squeeze from rising sea-level, Conservation Letters, DOI: 10.1111/conl.12213.
  • Ten Brink P., Mutafoglu K., Newman S., Kettunen M., Russi D. (2015). Measuring the benefits of marine protected areas in the context of EU’s Natura 2000 network - scoping the methodology. Institute for European Environmental Policy, London/Brussels.

Selected Lectures and Speeches

  • 06/2017            Seminar “Health and Social Benefits of Biodiversity and Nature Protection”, Louvain-La-Neuve
  • 11/2016            Kolloquium „Ökosystemdienstleistungen – Der Nutzen der Natur für den Menschen“, Echternach
  • 01/2016            Workshop “Health and Social Benefits of Nature and Biodiversity Protection”, Brussels
  • 09/2014            Behave Energy Conference 2014, Oxford
  • 01/2014            Public Policy Network Conference 2014, Canberra
  • 10/2013            Conference “Greenhouse 2013”, Adelaide
  • 06/2013            Conference “Climate Adaptation 2013”, Sydney
  • 12/2012            Workshop “Valuing Adaptation to Climate Change”, Melbourne
  • 02/2012            International Conference “Adapting for Tomorrow”, Brussels

Honors and Awards

  • 2012–2013        Super Science Fellowship, Australian Research Council