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Faculty of Economics

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.


Professor Lucia A. Reisch

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.

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”.

Professor Reisch is also the honorary “Leibniz Chair” at the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology. Additionally, 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,” says Professor Reisch. “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 she has been involved as principal investigator in several large EU research projects on consumer behaviour and sustainability policy, as well as participating in German and Swedish research projects. She says “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.”

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.

The El-Erian Professor of Behavioural Economics and Policy is situated in the department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). POLIS has strong links throughout the University of Cambridge and beyond. It shares a close relationship with the Faculty of Economics. The El-Erian Professor will be responsible for building and leading the new El-Erian Institute.




El Erian Professor

Behavioural Economics