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Bettina Meinhart


Integrated Biosphere Futures Research Group

Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program


Bettina Meinhart is a researcher in the Integrated Biosphere Futures Research Group of the IIASA Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program. Her research focuses on international trade policies in support of sustainable development at the interface between science and policy. She is currently working on the CLEVER Project, which investigates how international trade in agricultural and forest products affects biodiversity. As part of this project, she works on advancing the representation of international trade as well as supply chain policies in the Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM).

Before joining IIASA at the end of 2023, she was employed in the Industrial, Innovation and International Economics research group at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research from 2020 to 2023, where she held a PhD position funded by the Research Centre of International Economics. She is currently completing her PhD at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In her dissertation, she deals with applications of the gravity model and works on the analysis of environmental norms in trade agreements, among other topics. Her first single-authored paper focused on EU integration and foreign direct investment and was published in the World Economy.

Meinhart holds a master's degree in Political and Empirical Economics, which she completed in the form of a double degree from the Universities of Graz and Udine. She spent part of her master studies in Italy. She also completed her bachelor's degree in Economics at the University of Graz with a focus on environmental economics.

Last update: 02 APR 2024