I am a PhD student in the project on «Trade and the Shifting of Environmental Burdens» at the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) and the Chair of International Relations led by Prof. Dr. Thomas Bernauer. I hold a joint Master’s degree in ‘Comparative and International Studies’ from the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St.Gallen.
The puzzle motivating my research is that higher-income countries consume large amounts of goods and services but appear to be becoming “greener”, whereas the biggest ecological problems seem to be concentrated in lower-income countries.
Therefore, my dissertation investigates driving forces and policy implications of this phenomenon both from the perspective of countries “exporting” and countries “importing” ecological burdens. In particular, I focus on the roles of economic liberalization and trade policy as catalysts or constraints of environmental burden- shifting.