Ecological Consequences of Globalization: Implications for Sustainable Development

The inter-disciplinary project looks at global trends and dynamics with a focus on multidimensional globalization and the Ecological Footprint as a proxy for human pressures on the environment. Further, the research deconstructs the global policy discourse(s) on the (green) economy, climate change and health & well-being and thereby reveals the underlying values and worldviews.

The quantitative empirical analysis combines various methodologies, such as a composite index, the Maastricht Globalisation Index and the KOF index of Globalization, panel regressions and an adapted approach of the perspectives method.

The PhD research has been conducted in cooperation with the Global Footprint Network, the Chair of International and Development Politics at the Alfred-Weber Institute for Economics (Heidelberg) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Lukas holds a bachelor degree in economics from the Maastricht School of Business and Economics, with an exchange semester at the Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru. Thereafter, in 2011, he finished his master in public policy with a specialization in sustainable development at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.