Holger Gerdes is a Fellow at Ecologic Institute. His work focuses on the economic valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Furthermore, he works on the evaluation and design of sustainability indicators. He is fluent in German and English and has good knowledge of French and Dutch.
Holger Gerdes was involved in studies on the Cost of Policy Inaction(COPI), which were carried out within a wider review on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity(TEEB). Here, he contributed to the assessment of the social and economic costs resulting from the ongoing loss of global biodiversity.
Holger Gerdes began his PhD work in May 2009 within the multi-disciplinary Research Group on Ecosystem Services, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. His PhD deals with the valuation of ecosystem services through multi-criteria analysis. His thesis is supervised by Prof. Dr. Volkmar Hartje at the Department of Landscape Economicsof the Technische Universität Berlin (Germany).
Holger Gerdes holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studiesfrom the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands) and a Master’s degree in Environment and Resource Managementfrom the Free University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). His Master’s thesis dealt with the influence of economic assessments on the formulation of EU agricultural policies.