Michael Sureth (born Kostmann) is a PhD candidate in the working group of Economic Growth and Human Development. His research focus is on the integration of planetary boundaries into welfare economic analysis. He uses analytical and integrated assessment modelling as well as quantitative methods, to analyze econonmic implications of environmental problems captured within the planetary boundaries framework.
Currently, he works on building a theoretical and conceptual basis for public economic analyses of the scarcities and uncertainties imposed onto economies by the planetary boundaries. Moreover, he analyzes the effects of incorporating further planetary boundaries – besides climate change – into integrated assessment models. Doing so, he tries to identify policy instruments that simoultaneously address multiple planetary boundaries by taking into account arising synergies and trade-offs.
Before starting his PhD, Michael worked at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Deutsche Bank, and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). He completed both, his Bachelor in Economics and his Master in Economics and Management Science, at Humboldt University Berlin and studied at Copenhagen University and Stockholm University.