Benjamin Boteler works as a Fellow at Ecologic Institute where he focuses on socio-economics and indicator development. His research covers maritime economics and marine policies as well as behavioral economics, consumer policy, transport, and energy efficiency. He is a native English speaker, is fluent in German, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
As part of his work at Ecologic Institute, Benjamin Boteler is a member of the European Topic Centre on Inland Coastal and Marine (ETC-ICM), which supports the European Environment Agency (EEA) in its research and assessment of European waters. Regarding maritime issues, Benjamin is developing socio-economic indicators for several maritime sectors and aiding the EEA's research on socio-economic issues for the "2012 State of the Coasts Report", analysing socio-economic drivers and key economic trends. Also in the field of maritime economics and policy, he is working on the projects Policy-Oriented Marine Environmental Research in the Southern European Seas (PERSEUS) and Strategic Support for the OSPAR Regional Social and Economic Analysis within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union (EU).
His research interests also include energy efficiency, consumer behavior, and policies to influence the choice of environmental products and services. In this context, he worked on the study Expanding the Evidence Base for Consumer Policies, which employed knowledge from behavioral economics and consumer choice theories. Additionally, he researched the environmental impacts of electric vehicles and improvements to the European car-labelling directive as well as the use of environmental benefits in policy making in a project funded by the Dutch government.
Prior to coming to Ecologic Institute, Benjamin Boteler studied European Integration and Globalization at Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany). In his Master's thesis, "Energy Efficiency Labeling in the EU," he evaluated EU energy efficiency labelling as a consumer policy and compared it to national labelling schemes in Australia, China, and the US. He holds a Bachelor's in Marketing and International Studies from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington (USA). In the spring of 2009, he interned for the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) in Canberra, working with energy efficiency policy and industrial products.
Benjamin Boteler studied in Madrid as part of an exchange program and interned for a manufacturer of industrial equipment in Barcelona (Spain). Between his studies, he volunteered in New Zealand on a variety of organic farms as part of the Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF) organisation.