Dr. Ulrike Lehr is partner of GWS and studied physics at the University of Essen (Diploma in 1990) and economics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA USA (M.Sc. 1992).

She received her PhD for a thesis on environmental valuation in 2005 from the University of Hohenheim.

She worked as a researcher at the department of System Analysis and Technology Assessment of the German Aerospace Center (2005-2008) at the Rhine-Westphalia Institute of Economics Research, RWI e.V., Essen; Department of energy policy studies and research (1993-1999).

She works with GWS as a Senior Expert since 2008. She has large research and consulting experiences with national and international institutions including German Federal Ministries for Economy, Environment, Research and Education, GIZ, EU, IEA, and as a counselor for twinning projects within the new member states.

Ulrike Lehr is currently on leave of absence from GWS. Until January 2022, she headed the department of Policy (Socioeconomics) at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Until February 2025, she will support the World Bank's Jobs Group as a Senior Economist on Green Economy and Green Jobs.

Research Interests

Environmental and energy economics

Renewable energy policy

Projects of Ulrike Lehr

Taxation of the Air Transport Sector
Support of the EU Impact Assessment: Forging a climate-resilient Europe -The new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change
Scenarios climate study - Bavarian Business Council for the Future
UNCHAIN – UNpacking climate impact CHAINs. A new generation of action- and user-oriented climate change risk assessments
Integrated sustainability assessment and optimization of energy systems
Energy-economy modelling with renewable energy scenarios
Analysis of German exports and imports of technology goods for the use of renewable energy and other energy technology goods
Local economic development through renewable energy projects in Algeria
The Socio-Economic Impacts of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Egypt: Local, Value, Employment and Capacity Building
Socio-economic scenarios as basis for vulnerability analysis for Germany
DownScaling CLImate imPACTs and decarbonisation pathways in EU islands and enhancing socioeconomic and non-market evaluation of Climate Change for Europe, for 2050 and beyond
Prioritization and assessment of value-chains within the Renewable Energy Sector in Lebanon
Detailed economic analysis of individual policy instruments and measures for climate change adaptation
Energy transition in Baden-Württemberg – Impacts on value added and employment
Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Tunisia – employment, qualification and economic effects - Update
Employment Impacts of energy efficiency measure implementation in Israel (MED-ENEC)
Macro economic and distributional effects of the German Energiewende
Sustainable Economic Development
Economic opportunities from climate protection
Qualification structures and needs of energy utilities adapting to the German Energiewende
Impact Assessment of the climate protection plan in North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Household income project study
Macroeconomic effects of the Energy Transition
Evaluation of the potential of green and decent employment creation in Tunisia
Partnership for model-based Analysis of Climate-Economic-related development policies
Energiewende and international aspects – opportunities and challenges for German politics and industry
Policy Instruments to Support RE Industrial Value Chain Development
The impact of the German policy mix on technological and structural change in renewable power generat
Update energiewirtschaftliches Gesamtkonzept für Bayern
Ökonomische Fragen des Ausbaus erneuerbarer Energien
Beschäftigungschancen auf dem Weg zu einer Green Economy – szenarienbasierte Analyse von (Netto-)Beschäftigungswirkungen
Auswirkungen der Energiewende auf die Wirtschaftsregion Osnabrück – Emsland – Grafschaft Bentheim
Analyse der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Effekte des Energiemarkts
Development of a Russian economy-environment-emission-model ( for simulation and projection
Employment from renewable energy in Germany: expansion and operation – now and in the future
Promotion of renewable energies and energy efficiency in Tunisia
Ökonomie der Anpassung an den Klimawandel
Wirkungen des Ausbaus Erneuerbarer Energien (Impact of Renewable Energy Sources)
Volkswirtschaftliche Bewertung von Klimaschutzmaßnahmen und -instrumenten
Feasible Futures for the common good. Energy Transition Paths in a Period of Increasing Resource Scarcities
Vernetzung von Klimaszenarien mit weiteren Szenarien aus dem ökologischen und gesellschaftlichen Bereich
Energy scenarios for the German energy concept
Entwicklung und Bereitstellung des Anwendermodells PANTA RHEI zur Abschätzung der Wirkungen umweltpolitischer Maßnahmen und Instrumente
Erneuerbare Energien und Energieeffizienz als zentraler Beitrag zur europäischen Energiesicherheit
Grundlagen und Eckpunkte für ein energiewirtschaftliches Gesamtkonzept für Bayern
Technological, ecological, economic and strategic aspects of the national climate change initiative (NKI)
Short and long term labour market effects of an increase of renewable energy
Study on Tax Reform in Europe over the next decades: implication for the environment, for eco-innovation and for household distribution
Kosten und Nutzen Erneuerbarer Energien
Energiepolitische Optionen
Gesamtwirtschaftliche Effekte der Umsetzung der EU-Ziele im Bereich Erneuerbare Energien und Gebäudeeffizienz in Österreich bis 2020
Resource Productivity, Environmental Tax Reform and sustainable growth in Europe (PETRE)
Analyse und Modellierung der Energieverbrauchsentwicklung

Publications of Ulrike Lehr