Lucas Porsch was a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute. As an economist, his work focused on impact assessments, policy evaluations, and welfare indicators. His main interest was the development of robust indicators of sustainability and the evaluation of the cost efficiency of environmental policy instruments. A native German speaker, Lucas Porsch is also fluent in English and has a working knowledge of French.
Lucas Porsch coordinated Ecologic Institute's research on societal welfare indicators. He was leading the H2020 project Measuring the impacts of the transition to the circular economy (Circular IMPACTS), which develops the evidence base for impact assessments of circular economy policies. Before Lucas also led the Network of Green Growth Indicators (NETGREEN), a research project supported by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which is developing a tool to identify and assess the suitability of green economy and sustainable development indicators. Previously, Lucas Porsch also led the FP7 project Integrating Mainstream Economic Indicators with Sustainable Development Objectives (IN-STREAM), and the project Methodological Development of the EU Composite Index on Environmental Pressures for the Directorate-General for Environment (DG Environment), which developed the methodology and database for the planned EU Composite Index on Environmental Pressures. Previously, he analyzed environmental policy developments in Germany for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Lucas Porsch also led Ecologic Institute's cost-benefit analysis and impact assessment work. He developed an evaluation of EU impact assessment practices for the German Umweltbundesamt and worked on an impact analysis for DG Environment under the project Environmental Inspections as Tool for a Better Implementation of EU Environmental Law. Lucas Porsch also developed impact assessments of pesticide use and veterinary pharmaceutical use for the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Protection, Building, and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and for the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Additionally, he has developed guidelines and an excel tool for the assessment of the costs and benefits of environmental policy. Lucas Porsch also headed an internal evaluation of the FP7 project Linking Impact Assessment Instruments to Sustainability Expertise (LIAISE), which is developing a unique toolbox for impact assessment.
Before his time with Ecologic Institute, Lucas Porsch worked as an economic advisor and consultant for six years in the United Kingdom at the Matrix Knowledge Group, the Department of Health, and Europe Economics. Most of his work concentrated on policy evaluations and impact assessments for the European Commission and British public authorities and covered a broad field of policies including public procurement, health policy, regulation, and social policy. From February 2000 to August 2004, Lucas Porsch worked for empirica AG, where he created evaluations of urban renewal policy in Eastern Germany, and advised two high-level political commissions concerning surplus housing in Eastern Germany and social housing in Berlin. He also authored reports on the development of poverty in Sachsen-Anhalt and Thuringia.
Lucas Porsch studied economics at Christian Albrechts Universität in Kiel (Germany) and at Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France).