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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Professor Lucia Reisch appointed to the El Erian Professor


The Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge is delighted to announce that Professor Lucia A. Reisch, Dr. oec., has been appointed to the El-Erian Professor of Behavioural Economics and Policy.


Her appointment, with effect from the 1st of September 2021, sees her join from the Department of Management, Society and Communication at the Copenhagen Business School.


The newly endowed El-Erian Professor of Behavioural Economics and Policy is situated in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and Professor Reisch will also become a Fellow at Queens’ College. The POLIS Department has good links with other academic departments in Cambridge, including the Faculty of Economics. The El-Erian Professor will be responsible for building and leading the new El-Erian Institute.


A graduate of the University of Hohenheim, she holds the award of the highest Medal of the State of Baden-Württemberg, for “social and scientific engagement for sustainable development and policy” and is also the honorary “Leibniz Chair” at the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology. She is an elected Member of the German Academy of Technical Sciences and has been chairing several high-level political commissions consulting the German government.


“I’m delighted to take up this position, I appreciate the enormous contribution the Faculty of Economics makes to research, and I really hope to build on those links with the Department of Politics and International Studies, and the Faculty. In recent years I have been involved as a principal investigator in several large EU research projects on consumer behaviour and sustainability policy, as well as participating in German and Swedish research projects. Ideally, I would like to use this unique opportunity to focus on behavioural insights based policies for sustainable development, both in research, teaching, and practice, in cooperation with policymakers and innovative companies worldwide.

Professor Lucia Reisch



In October 2020, she received the 2020 DSEB (Danish Society for Business and Education) Research Award. The award was given to a CBS researcher whose research in 2019-20 demonstrated high quality and degree of applicability.


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