Matthias Pfaff M.A.

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI



Matthias studied Economics and International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Scotland from 2006 to 2010. He wrote his honours dissertation on the topic: “Can Liberal Democratic Capitalism be reconciled with Sustainable Development?” In 2012, Matthias completed an M.A. degree in Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, New York City, with a concentration on the interconnection of climate and society. During his time at Columbia, he worked as a research assistant on the evaluation of climate risks. In addition he completed internships in the areas of sustainable mobility and climate information services. Matthias joined Fraunhofer ISI as a researcher in April 2013.

Focus of research

  • Macroeconomic analysis of resource efficiency strategies
  • Methodology development for the connection of material flow and macroeconomic models