Institut für


Osnabrück University navigation and search

Main content

Top content

University of Osnabrueck

Institute of Environmental Systems Research
Barbarastr. 12
49076 Osnabrück

Room 66/E24
Tel: +49 541 969 2424
Fax: +49 541 969 2599




Dr. Ann-Kathrin Koessler


Behavioural Environmental Economics and Public Policy

The aim of my research is to generate a better understanding of human behavior in socio-ecological systems. I examine how pro-environmental behaviour can be motivated and strengthened, and what policy instruments are effective to do so. Currently, I am focusing on the question of how participation, self-commitment and empathy affect associated pro-social and pro-environmental behaviour.

In my research, I am employing experimental (lab and field), conceptual and theoretical methods.

Since November 2018, I am an IPBES (world biodiversity councilfellow and contribute to the report "Assessment of Diverse Values of Nature".

I am also a Visting Fellow at the Department of Geography and Environment of the London School of Economics.

Work in progress

    • Understanding and feeling as others - Experiments on perspective-taking and prosocial behaviour (with Juan-Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo and Stefanie Engel)
    • Social distance and pro-environmental behavior (with Nicolai Heinz and Stefanie Engel)
    • Better stay vague - specificity and publicity in public commitments (with Peter Martinnson)
    • Public good provision with extreme heterogeneity in wealth (with Julia Müller)
    • Self-reports in group efforts (with Maria Cubel, Robert Hoffmann, Santiago Sanchez)


      Pro-social and pro-environmental behaviour:

      Environmental Policy

      • Thomas, F., Koessler, A. K., & Engel, S. (2018). Stupsende Agrarpolitik- Nudging zu einer nachhaltigen Landwirtschaft.  Vierteljahreshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung 87(2).
      • Koessler, A. K. (2019). Setting new behavioural standards: Sustainability pledges and how conformity influences their outreach. Working Paper
      • Koessler, A. K. & Engel, S. (2019). Policies as information carriers: perceptional and behavioural changes due to environmental policies. Working Paper
      • Thomas, F., Koessler, A. K., & Engel, S. (2019). Using behavioural insights to leverage environmental performance of the Common Agricultural Policy. Working Paper

      General Public Policy:

      • Dulleck, U. , Howell, N. J., Koessler, A. K., & Mason, R. F. (2018). Insights into the Impact of Bankruptcy's Public Record on Entrepreneurial Activity: Evidence from Economic Experiments. Working Paper  Article on Oxford Business Law Blog
      • Policy Report:
        Dulleck, U. , Koessler, A. K., Schaffner, Markus, & Torgler, Benno (2014). Improving communication with directors of firms in liquidation. ASIC Policy Report 428. Sydney, NSW: Australian Securities and Investments Commission

      PhD Thesis

      Koessler, A. K. (2015). An experimental investigation of moral commitments (Doctoral dissertation). Queensland University of Technology, Australia. PhD Thesis


            • SS 2018: Environmental Behaviour and Policy
              This course aims to provide an understanding of the basic policy instruments how environmentally damaging behaviour can be regulated. Standard economic approaches as well as behaviour based interventions, such as nudges, will be discussed. The course is designed for an interdisciplinary audience and the language of instruction will be English.

            To top