Dr. Konar Mutafoglu

Dr. Konar Mutafoglu

Senior Research Associate

An environmental economist by training, Konar joined the IASS in June 2017 as a senior research associate. Within the Science Platform Sustainability 2030, he contributes to scientific studies and other output formats and engages with stakeholders from academia, policymaking, the business community, and civil society.

Konar holds a PhD in economics from the TU Berlin and has more than 12 years of experience in research and applied policy analysis. Prior to joining the 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. He also 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 the economic aspects of environmental policy in a number of areas, including water resources, climate change, biodiversity, and natural resources management. He is also very interested in the application of behavioural insights in environmental policy, especially with regard to sustainable consumption.

  • 2015-2017 Senior Policy Analyst, IEEP - Institute for European Environmental Policy, Brussels
  • 2012-2014 Post-doctoral Fellow, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane
  • 2010-2012 Environmental Economist, KfW Entwicklungsbank, Frankfurt/Main
  • 2005-2010 Research Fellow, Department for Land Economics, TU Berlin
  • 2003-2005 Research Fellow, cege, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Sustainable Development Strategies
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • Behavioural Insights and Behaviour Change

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.
  • 2017 Seminar "Health and Social Benefits of Biodiversity and Nature Protection", Louvain-La-Neuve
  • 2016 Kolloquium "Ökosystemdienstleistungen - Der Nutzen der Natur für den Menschen", Echternach
  • 2016 Workshop "Health and Social Benefits of Nature and Biodiversity Protection", Brussels
  • 2014 Behave Energy Conference 2014, Oxford
  • 2014 Public Policy Network Conference 2014, Canberra
  • 2013 Conference "Greenhouse 2013", Adelaide
  • 2013 Conference "Climate Adaptation 2013", Sydney
  • 2012 Workshop "Valuing Adaptation to Climate Change", Melbourne
  • 2012 International Conference "Adapting for Tomorrow", Brussels
  • 2012-2013 Super Science Fellowship, Australian Research Council