Gunter Stephan studied Mathematics, Physics and Economics at the Universities of Heidelberg (Germany) and Stanford (USA). He graduated with a master’s degree in Mathematics in 1976 and received a Ph.D. in Economics in 1980 from the Alfred- Weber-Institute of the University of Heidelberg. Since 1988 Gunter Stephan is full professor of Applied Microeconomics at the Department of Economics at the Univer- sity of Bern.
Gunter Stephan was member of many scientific advisory committees such as the German Climate Research Program (DEKLIM) and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Deutscher Wissenschaftsrat). He served as Vice-Rector (Provost) of the University of Bern, he was deputy director of the NCCR Climate and member of the board of directors of the Oeschger Center of Climate Research (OCCR) at the University of Bern. Currently he is co-president of the National Research program 73: sustainable economy.
Gunter Stephan published more than 10 books and 60 papers in reviewed journals covering a wide range of topics. His research includes capital theory and growth the- ory as well as environmental and resource economics. Presently, his focus in re- search and teaching is on climate economics in general and on integrated assess- ment analysis of climate change as well as on the interaction between adaptation, mitigation and international trade in particular.