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In 2014, Stefanie Engel was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt professorship , the highest endowed international research award in Germany, issued by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Consequently, the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in Environmental Economics was established at the University of Osnabrueck in October 2014. The research of our team focuses on the Behavioral Economics of Environmental Policy (BEE). The general objective of the professorship is to analyze how to design environmentally effective and cost-efficient environmental policies. We apply methods from experimental economics, game theoretic modelling and social network analysis to analyze the impacts of alternative environmental policy designs. Environmental problems analyzed include topics ranging from climate mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation and water resources management. At the University of Osnabrueck, we are part of the Institute for Environmental Systems Research , the Laboratory for Economics Research , and the faculty of Economics.