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Lucia joins the Department from the Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC) at the Copenhagen Business School.

Lucia is a behavioral economist by training with a strong interest in consumer research and policy. She founded the Consumer and Behavioural Insights Group (CBIG) at MSC. Her main research focus today is on behavioural economics, behavioural public policy, sustainable consumption (in particular, energy, food and health, active mobility and fashion), intercultural consumer behaviour, consumers and digitization, as well as consumer policy. Over the past years, she has been involved as principal investigator in several large EU research projects on consumer behaviour and policy (FP6 and FP7), as well as participating in German and Swedish research projects (see list of research projects).

Outside but linked to her work at CBS, she also holds a permanent Guest Professorship at the Zeppelin University of Friedrichshafen (Germany). In 2017, she was appointed as honorary Leibniz Chair, jointly awarded by the German Leibniz Association and the Leibniz Institute of Prevention Research and Epidemiology (BIPS) in Bremen.

Besides academic research, teaching and outreach, Lucia is engaged in policy consultancy, e.g. as a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development, the Ethics Commission for Safe Energy Supply, the German Bioeconomy Council and the German Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs, all of which consult with the German federal government. She is honoured to consult with governments and non-governmental organizations in different countries on how to apply behavioural insights to increase citizens’ welfare and foster sustainable development. She also works with the OECD, the European Commission, the World Bank and UN bodies on sustainable consumption issues.  

For almost 20 years, she has been one of the Editors in Chief of the Journal of Consumer Policy(SpringerNature Publishers) and a member of the Editorial Board of several academic journals and book series.

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

Lucia 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.

Distinctions and Awards:

  • 1983 Honours for A-level exam (Abitur): Best Graduate of the Year 1983, Paracelsusgymnasium Stuttgart.
  • 1988 Honours for Diploma (Dipl.oec.): Best Graduate of the Year 1988, Programme “Economics and Social Sciences”, University of Hohenheim.
  • 1997 – 2001 Post-Doctoral Research Scholarship, Margarete von Wrangell Programme (State Government, Baden-Württemberg). 
  • 2017 Award of the highest Medal of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the “Order of Merit of Baden-Wuerttemberg” for “social and scientific engagement for sustainable development and policy”, Mannheim. 
  • 2017 Honorary “Leibniz Chair” at the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS GmbH, Bremen.


Key publications: 


Charlotte De Backer; Lauranna Teunissen; Isabelle Cuykx; Paulien Decorte; Sara Pabian; Sarah Gerristen; Christophe Matthys; Haleama Al Sabbah; Kathleen Van Royen; ; Klaus G. Grunert; Rikke Nyland Christensen; Lucia A. Reisch; Meike Janssen / An Evaluation of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Perceived Social Distancing Policies in Relation to Planning, Selecting, and Preparing Healthy Meals : An Observational Study in 38 Countries Worldwide.
In: Frontiers in Nutrition, Vol. 7, 2021

Journal article > peer review

Lucia A. Reisch; Friederike C. Döbbe / Book Notes “Economics and Social Sciences” 2/2021
In: Journal of Consumer Policy, 8.3.2021

Book review

Cass R. Sunstein; Lucia A. Reisch / Climate-friendly Default Rules
In: Sustainable Consumption and Production: Volume I. Challenges and Development. . ed. /Ranjula Bali Swain; Susanne Sweet. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan 2021, p. 141-164

Book chapter > peer review

Elida Sina; Christoph Buck; Wolfgang Ahrens; Stefaan De Henauw; Hannah S. Jilani; Lauren Lissner; Dénes Molnar; Luis Alberto Moreno; Valeria Pala; Lucia A. Reisch; Alfonso Siani; Antonia Solea; Toomas Veidebaum; Antje Hebestreit; / Digital Media Use in Association with Sensory Taste Preferences in European Children and Adolescents : Results from the I.Family Study.
In: Foods, Vol. 10, No. 2, 9.2.2021

Journal article > peer review

Lucia A. Reisch; Cass R. Sunstein; Mark Andor; Friederike C. Döbbe; Johanna Meier; Neal R. Haddaway / Mitigating Climate Change via Food Consumption and Food Waste : A Systematic Map of Behavioral Interventions.
In: Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 279, 1.2021

Review > peer review

Lucia A. Reisch; Cass R. Sunstein; Micha Kaiser / Most People Like Nudges : And Why That Matters.
In: Theories of Choice: The Social Science and the Law of Decision Making. . ed. /Stefan Grundmann; Philipp Hacker. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2021, p. 73-86

Book chapter > peer review

Lucia A. Reisch; Mario Schmidt / Nachhaltige Entwicklung
In: Verbraucherwissenschaften: Rahmenbedingungen, Forschungsfelder und Institutionen. . ed. /Peter Kenning; Andreas Oehler; Lucia A. Reisch. Wiesbaden : Springer 2021, p. 71-91

Book chapter > peer review

Jan M. Bauer; Sabine Bietz; Julius Rauber; Lucia A. Reisch / Nudging Healthier Food Choices in a Cafeteria Setting : A Sequential Multi-intervention Field Study.
In: Appetite, Vol. 160, 5.2021

Journal article > peer review

Felix Creutzig; Max Callaghan; Anjali Ramakrishnan; Aneeque Javaid; Leila Niamir; Jan Minx; Finn Müller-Hansen; Benjamin Sovacool; Zakia Afroz; Mark Andor; Miklos Antal; Victor Court; Nandini Das; Julio Díaz-José; Friederike C. Döbbe; Maria J. Figueroa; Andrew Gouldson; Helmut Haberl; Andrew Hook; Diana Ivanova; William F. Lamb; Nadia Maïzi; Érika Mata; Kristian S. Nielsen; Chioma Daisy Onyige; Lucia A. Reisch; Joyashree Roy; Pauline Scheelbeek; Mahendra Sethi; Shreya Some; Steven Sorrell; Mathilde Tessier; Tania Urmee; Doris Virag; Can Wan; Dominik Wiedenhofer; Charlie Wilson / Reviewing the Scope and Thematic Focus of 100 000 Publications on Energy Consumption, Services and Social Aspects of Climate Change : A Big Data Approach to Demand-Side Mitigation.
In: Environmental Research Letters, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2021, 15 p.

Letter > peer review

Lucia A. Reisch / Shaping Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems with Behavioural Food Policy
In: European Review of Agricultural Economics, 22.6.2021

Before 2021

(2020) [Micha Kaiser, Manuela Bernauer, Cass R. Sunstein, Lucia A. Reisch]. The power of green defaults: The impact of regional variation of opt-out tariffs on green energy demand in Germany. Ecological Economics. 174. 106685.

(2020) [Wencke Gwozdz, Lucia A. Reisch, Gabriele Eiben, Monica Hunsberger, Marge Eha, Kenn Konstabel, Eva Kovács, Edyth Luszczki, Artur Mazur, Edina Mendl, Marge Saamel & Maike Wolters, on behalf of the I.Family consortium]. The effect of smileys as motivational incentives on children's food choices: A field experiment in European primary schools. Food Policy (accepted).

(2019) [Cass R. Sunstein & Lucia A. Reisch]. Trusting nudges: A bill of right for nudging. London: Routledge.

(2018) [Cass R. Sunstein, Lucia A. Reisch & Micha Kaiser]. Trusting nudges? Lessons from an international survey. Journal of European Public Policy (published open access)

(2018) [Cass R. Sunstein & Lucia A. Reisch]. Greener by default. Trinity College Law Review (forthcoming); available online as: Discussion Paper No. 951 02/2018, Harvard Law School, John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA) 

(2018) [Cass R. Sunstein, Lucia A. Reisch & Julius Rauber]. A worldwide consensus on nudging? Not quite, but almost. Regulation & Governance 12(1), 3-22. (published first online 26 July 2017).

(2018) [Caezilia Loibl, Cass R. Sunstein, Julius Rauber & Lucia A. Reisch]. Which Europeans like nudges? Approval and controversy in four European countries. Journal of Consumer Affairs. (published first online 29 January 2018).

(2018) [Jan Bauer & Lucia A. Reisch]. Behavioural insights and (un)healthy dietary choices: A review of current evidence. Journal of Consumer Policy, 41. (published first online 14 September 2018).

(2017) [Lucia A. Reisch & Min Zhao]. Behavioural economics, consumer behaviour, and consumer policy: State of the art. Behavioural Public Policy, 1(2), 190-206 (published first online 6 October 2017).

(2017) [Timm Intemann, Claudia Börnhorst, Lucia A. Reisch, Garrath Williams, Lauren Lissner, Myfanwy Williams, Antje Hebestreit & Iris Pigeot on behalf of the I.Family consortium]. Obesogenic diets in European children – from nutrients to causes-of-cause. Public Health Panorama (Journal of the WHO Regional Office for Europe) (accepted).

(2017) [Lucia A. Reisch, Cass R. Sunstein & Wencke Gwozdz]. Beyond carrots and sticks: Europeans support health nudges. Viewpoint article. Food Policy, 69, 1-10.

Other publications: 

For a full list of Lucia's publications, see:

Other Professional Activities

Name of contractual partner

Duration of Activity

Type of activity

Dr. h.c. Ferdinand Porsche AG, Stuttgart (Germany)

2017 - today

Lucia chairs the Sustainability Council of the Porsche Company, an independent board of expert consultants on the topic of sustainability that advises the Executive Board of the company.

Council for Sustainable Development -  Deutsche Gessellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Berlin (Germany)

2010 - 2019

Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development; appointed by the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Council functions as a consultant for the German Federal government on sustainability issues.

Stiftung Warentest, Berlin (Germany)

2008 - today

Member of the Board of Trustees; appointed by the Ministry of Justice and Consumer Affairs (Berlin). Board directorship representing consumer research and policy. 

Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart (Germany)

2017 - today

Committee „Forschung für Nachhaltigkeit“ (Research for Sustainability).

The committee selects yearly one Junior Professorship in Sustainability and functions as a consultant for the Robert Bosch Foundation on Research matters.

MISUM (MISTRA Center for Sustainable Markets), Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm (Sweden)

2014 - 2019

Board member of MISUM (MISTRA Center for Sustainable Markets), a center of excellence for advancing market practices towards sustainable development to enhance the capabilities and competitiveness of Sweden at the Stockholm School of Economics (SEE), Stockholm (SE).

SCHUFA (Schutzgemeinschaft für allgemeine Kreditsicherung), Wiesbaden ( (Germany)

2008 - today

Member of the SCHUFA Consumer Committee(“Verbraucherbeirat”) that functions as a consultant for the Board on consumer policy issues.  

German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) Berlin (Germany).

2014 - 2018

Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors on Consumer Issues (Sachverständigenrat für Verbraucherfragen). The council functions as a consultant for the German government (particularly, the Minister for Justice and Consumers) on consumer policy issues.

oekom research AG Munich in Munich (

2013 - 2018

Member of the Board of Experts, which functions as a consultant for the Board on sustainable finance and research issues.  

Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen (Germany)

2011 - today

Honorary Adjunct Professorship for “Consumer Research and Consumer Policy” at the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen. Research activities and political consulting 

European Commission


Expert work (reviewing and writing reports)

German Ministry of the Environment / Federal Environmental Agency

2016 - today

Expert work (reviewing, consultant on research agenda, evaluation of policies)

Ministry of Rural Regions and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg 2014 - today Expert work (reviewing, consultant on research agenda, evaluation of policies)
Öko-Institut e.V. (Eco Institute), Freiburg/Berlin (Germany). 2014 - 2020 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board.
Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) Potsdam (Germany). 2015 - today Member of the Scientific Advisory Board and elected Deputy Chair.
Dr. Rainer Wild-Stiftung, Stiftung für gesunde Ernährung (Foundation for Healthy Nutrition), Heidelberg. 2015 - today

Chair of the Supervisory Board (Kuratorium)., Washington DC 2019 - today Member of the Scientific Board of Advisors
TUI Cruises, Hamburg 2020 - Member of the TUI Cruises Sustainability Committee. The Committee functions as a consultant for the Board on sustainability issues.
Global Citizen 2020 - Sustainability advisor for the ‘Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream’ campaign.
Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education), Berlin (D) 2020 -

Appointed by the German Minister of the Interior as member of the scientific advisory board. The agency oversees the political education in German schools and secondary education institutions.

International Science Council (ISC), Paris/ New York 2021 - Appointed member of the Expert Oversight Committeeon options and scenarios for ending the Covid-19 pandemic of the. Expert work
El-Erian Professor of Behavioural Economics and Policy
Office Hours: Appointment by email

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