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Renate Schubert is Professor for Economics at ETH Zurich. She got her Dr. rer. pol. in Tübingen and did her habilitation at the Technical University Darmstadt. Before starting her habilitation she did postgraduate studies at the German Institute for Development in Berlin, did field Studies in Costa Rica and worked as a consultant for Lahmeyer International in Frankfurt/M. In the 1980's R. Schubert spent several stays working for projects in developing countries (Niger, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, etc.). Between 1990 and 1991 she was Professor for Economics at the University of Regensburg and between 1991 and 1992 at the University of Tübingen. In Tübingen she was the vice-director of the university's "Internationales Zentrum". R. Schubert spent 1-3 months' stays at various universities like Warsaw University, Haverford College, MIT, Oxford University, etc.
Between 1993 and 2006 R. Schubert was head of the Center for Economic Research at ETH Zurich. From October 1997 through October 1999 she was head of the Law and Economics Department at ETH Zurich and from October 1999 through September 2001 she ran the Department for Humanities, Social and Political Sciences. From October 2001 until October 2004 she was member of the "Departements-Ausschuss". R. Schubert is member of the Committee for Strategic Planning as well as of the Tenure Committee at ETH Zurich. In Summer 2006 R. Schubert founded the interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED) together with five colleagues. She is the head of the Institute since then.
R. Schubert is a member of the Verein für Socialpolitik where she served in the Board between 1992 and 2000. She is a member of several working groups of the Verein. Between 1996 and 2000 she was head of the Developing Countries group. She is a member of the European as well as of the American Economic Association and of the European Association for Decision Making. R. Schubert worked for the Scientific Concil to the German Ministery for Economic Cooperation and Development (1992-2005). Between 1997 and 2000 she was member of the Swiss Council for Development and Cooperation. In 1997/98 R. Schubert was president of a working group to evaluate Bavarian Economics Faculties at Universities on behalf of the Bavarian Ministery for Education and Research. Between 2000 and 2004 R. Schubert was member of the "Hochschulrat" at Regensburg University. She was on the Board of the Swiss National Science Foundation (1994-2004) and is a member of Senat and Hauptausschuss at the German Science Foundation (1999-2005). In November 2000 she has been appointed to the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), since 2003 she is vice chair and between 2004 and 2008 R. Schubert was chairing this Council. Since February 2004 she is member of the Advisory Boards of the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) of the Columbia University. From the beginning of 2005 until the end of 2007 R. Schubert was a member of the Swiss Federal Economic Policy Commission. Since November 2011 she is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and since March 2012 she is the chair.
R. Schubert is member of various juries, for example for the German Umweltpreis. She participated in evaluation committees for the German Excellence Initiative. Furthermore she is heading the research network ClimPol (Climate Policy Making for Enhanced Technological and Institutional Innovations) within the ETH domain CCES (Competence Center for Environment and Sustainability). Since 2007 R. Schubert is vice president of the ETH North-South Center. One of her specific tasks is the research cooperation between ETH and UNEP. Since December 2008 she is the ETH President's delegate for equal opportunities.
The scientific work of R. Schubert mainly deals with risk perception and risk behavior and with economic aspects of sustainability questions. R. Schubert published books and articles on decicion-making, risk questions and insurance problems, on energy economics and environmental economics, on gender research as well as on problems of developing countries.
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