Stephan is a first year student in Columbia’s Sustainable Development PhD program. He is particularly interested in the impact of climate change and natural disasters on urban development and economic geography. His other research interests include the usage of microeconomic theory and experimental economics to incentivise international cooperation and climate change mitigation. For his work, Stephan enjoys leveraging spatial econometrics and Bayesian statistics.

Stephan holds a BSc in Economics from Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), an MSc in Statistics from Imperial College London (UK), and an MA in International Trade, Finance, and Development from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Spain). Prior to joining Columbia’s PhD program, he worked as a research assistant at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and as a consultant for the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.