Ulrike Lehr is partner of GWS and studied physics at the University of Essen (Diploma in 1990) and economics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA USA (M.Sc. 1992).

She received her PhD for a thesis on environmental valuation in 2005 from the University of Hohenheim.

She worked as a researcher at the department of System Analysis and Technology Assessment of the German Aerospace Center (2005-2008) at the Rhine-Westphalia Institute of Economics Research, RWI e.V., Essen; Department of energy policy studies and research (1993-1999).

She works with GWS as a Senior Expert since 2008. She has large research and consulting experiences with national and international institutions including German Federal Ministries for Economy, Environment, Research and Education, GIZ, EU, IEA, and as a counselor for twinning projects within the new member states.

Ulrike Lehr is on leave of absence from GWS from January 2021 to January 2023, during which time she will head the department of Policy (Socioeconomics) at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Research Interests

Environmental and energy economics

Renewable energy policy

Projects of Ulrike Lehr

Energy-economy modelling with renewable energy scenarios
Integrated sustainability assessment and optimization of energy systems
Socio-economic scenarios as basis for vulnerability analysis for Germany
Energy transition in Baden-Württemberg - Impacts on value added and employment
Sustainable Economic Development
Household income project study
Partnership for model-based Analysis of Climate-Economic-related development policies
Analyse der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Effekte des Energiemarkts
The impact of the German policy mix on technological and structural change in renewable power generat
Update energiewirtschaftliches Gesamtkonzept für Bayern
Volkswirtschaftliche Bewertung von Klimaschutzmaßnahmen und -instrumenten
Development of a Russian economy-environment-emission-model ( for simulation and projection
Energy scenarios for the German energy concept
Grundlagen und Eckpunkte für ein energiewirtschaftliches Gesamtkonzept für Bayern
Entwicklung und Bereitstellung des Anwendermodells PANTA RHEI zur Abschätzung der Wirkungen umweltpolitischer Maßnahmen und Instrumente
Erneuerbare Energien und Energieeffizienz als zentraler Beitrag zur europäischen Energiesicherheit
Energiepolitische Optionen
Study on Tax Reform in Europe over the next decades: implication for the environment, for eco-innovation and for household distribution
Resource Productivity, Environmental Tax Reform and sustainable growth in Europe (PETRE)
Analyse und Modellierung der Energieverbrauchsentwicklung

Publications of Ulrike Lehr