Dr J.E. Blasch

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faculteit der bètawetenschappen ( dep. environmental economics )
Assistant Professor


Julia Blasch is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Economics at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE), ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Before joining IVM, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at CEPE, ETH Zurich. Julia obtained her PhD degree in Environmental Economics from ETH Zurich in 2014 for her thesis on the determinants of consumer demand for voluntary carbon offsets. From 2014-2016 she was a member of the Swiss Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition (SCCER-CREST).

Her research covers applied environmental, energy and climate economics with a focus on pro-environmental behaviour and decision-making. Julia teaches various courses in environmental economics in the Environment and Resource Management, Hydrology, and Earth Sciences and Economics programs and supervises Master students.


(Applied) environmental, energy and climate economics; behavioural environmental economics; choice experiments; household surveys.

Academic training

2014PhD in Environmental Economics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2006  Master in Economics, University of Regensburg, Germany

Professional employment history

Assistant Professor, Institute for Environmental Studies,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2016-present Research Affiliate, Centre for Energy Policy and Economics,
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Energy Policy and Economics,
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Research and Teaching Assistant, Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED),
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Research Analyst, German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU),

Recent projects

  • Horizon 2020 Project “Farming Tools for External Nutrient Inputs and Water Management” (FATIMA).
  • Underlying Energy Efficiency and Technological Change in the Swiss Household Sector.

Selected publications

Blasch, J., Boogen, N. , Filippini, M. & Kumar, N. (2017). The role of energy and investment literacy for residential electricity demand and end-use efficiency. CER-ETH Working Paper 17/269, March 2017. CER-ETH Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich.   

Blasch, J., Filippini, M. & Kumar, N. (2016). Boundedly rational consumers, energy and investment literacy, and the display of information on household appliances. CER-ETH Working Paper 16/249, June 2016. CER-ETH Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich.

Ohndorf, M., Blasch, J. & Schubert, R. (2015). Emission budget approaches for burden sharing: some thoughts from an environmental economics point of view. Climatic Change, 133(3), 385–395.

Blasch, J. & Ohndorf, M. (2015). Altruism, Moral Norms and Social Approval: Joint Determinants of Individual Offset Behavior. Ecological Economics, 116, 251–260.

Blasch, J. & Turner, R.W. (2015). Environmental Art, Prior Knowledge about Climate Change, and Carbon Offsets. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 1–15.

Blasch, J. & Farsi, M. (2014). Context Effects and Heterogeneity in Voluntary Carbon Offsetting - A Choice Experiment in Switzerland. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 3(1), 1–24.

Schubert, R. & Blasch, J. (2010). Sustainability standards for bioenergy - A means to reduce climate change risks? Energy Policy, 38, 2797–2805.

Ancillary activities

ETH Zurich, Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE) - Employee Zurich, 02 februari 2016
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017