Karl W. Steininger is Professor in economics at the Department of Economics and the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz, since 1999, where he has been on the faculty since 1990. Prior to coming to Graz, he earned a Masters Degree from the University of Vienna, followed by a Fulbright grant for graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Economics at the University of Vienna. He was on the faculty at the Technical University of Vienna and with the World Banks Environment Department in Washington, D.C.
Karls research focuses on impacts of climate change and long term mitigation options, such as adjustments in spatial planning to reduce transport emissions or enhancing the local supply potential of renewable energy, including solar. This involves the fields of environmental and resource economics, transport economics, spatial economics, international economics and public finance.
He currently chairs the Chapter of Environmental and Resource Economics of the German Economic Association (Verein fuer Sociapolitik), is speaker of Uni Graz research on Climate and Global Change, and advises multiple research funding organizations. His more than 100 publications on climate change, global change and international economic issues were published in journals such as Nature Climate Change, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Environmental and Resource Economics and Ecological Economics, his books with Springer and Edward Elgar.