Reinhard Madlener
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Prof. Dr.

Reinhard Madlener


Energy, Chemical & Process Engineering (ECPE) Profile Area

Institutsleiter FCN


Building: 4120

Room: 10.30

Mathieustraße 10

52074 Aachen



Reinhard Madlener was born in 1964 in Dornbirn, Austria. He studied commerce and finance as well as paedagogics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration at the WU Wien and then also economics at the Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna. He received his doctoral degree from WU Wien in the economics and social sciences, specializing in general economics, environmental economics, and statistics. Before taking up his position at RWTH Aachen University in 2007, he was the managing director of the Institute for Advanced Studies Carinthia from 1999 to 2000, assistant professor at the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics, short CEPE, ETH Zurich, from 2001 to 2007, lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Zurich as of 2003, and senior researcher at the German Institute of Economic Research / DIW Berlin in 2007. Among others, he was a visiting fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK.


Research Interests

  • Energy economics, energy management, energy policy-making
  • Energy consumer needs and behaviour, structural change in energy systems
  • Economics of technical change / technology adoption, diffusion and transfer
  • Investment & financing under uncertainty, risk management and portfolio optimization, in particualr energy issues
  • Quantitative modelling and analysis / empirical and experimental economics

Possible Cooperations

  • Trigeneration electricity production, truth about renewable energy costs
  • Prosumer and smart homes, smart grids
  • Decentrialized market designs, energy technology and system analysis
  • Demand-side management, dynamic rates, smart metering
  • Energy efficiancy and rebound-effects
  • Spatial energy analysis