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Karlshochschule International University

Karlstraße 36 – 38
76133 Karlsruhe

Tel: +49 721 48095 520



Research Interests

Behavioral Public Policy (Nudging)
Pluralist Economics
Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Economics)
Poverty & Sustainability Research
Politics of Water & the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Topics to speak on:

SDGs; Politics of Indicators; Philosophy of Economics; Nudging; Scientists in Society


Dr. Robert Lepenies is Professor for Pluralist and Heterodox Economics at Karlshochschule International University. Recent research interests include: science-policy interfaces, (indicator) politics of the Sustainable Development Goals, ethics of economics, multidimensional poverty, the legitimacy of using behavioral instruments in policy (“nudging”), and questions relating to the role of scientists in society.

BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics, University of Oxford, UK (The Queen’s College)
MSc International Political Economy, London School of Economics, UK
Ph.D. Political Science (Governance), Hertie School of Governance Berlin
Global Justice Fellow, Philosophy, Yale University, USA
Max-Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship, European University Institute, Italy

He was the project manager of Global Colleagues, a project that brings together poverty scholars in one-to-one research partnerships.

Current research projects: PEER Research on Sustainable Development Goals: Tackling and managing risks with SDGs (PEER-TRISD).

Reviewer for the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report and the JRC Enlightenment 2.0 report. Member of the IAP Science for Poverty Eradication Committee. He was a research scientist at the UFZ in the department of environmental politics where he is still a guest scientist.



WIWA Young Scholars Award For Pluralism In Economics

Fulbright Schuman Grant (Yale)

ASK Postdoctoral Award for Social and Political Reform

Jurgen Mulert Award for Mutual Understanding