University of Groningen

University of Bayreuth

+++ University Teaching Qualification obtained in February 2024 +++

I believe that the main purpose of academic education in the social sciences and, in particular, economics is to help students become both competent users of relevant theories and methods of the field and morally responsible citizens in an increasingly globalized world.

Students should be helped in beocming active learners who are competent in acquiring knowledge and best practices themselves. They should therefore be aided in developing problem solving strategies for the questions at hand. I believe this is best achieved by a fruitful back and forth between theory and practice; by individual learning and learning with and from others with diverse backgrounds. Additionally, academic education should prepare students to be responsible decision-makers who are able to address societally relevant challenges, such as sustainability, AI and immigration, in their professional careers.